Laboratory of construction and architecture

We cultivate refinement without extravagance and knowledge without softness; wealth we employ more for use than for show, and place the real disgrace of poverty not in owning to the fact but in declining the struggle against it.

Thucydides: Pericles' Funeral Oration, from the History of the Peloponnesian War (Book 2. 2. 40),

FAR develops theoretical propositions and conducts applied research at the intersection of building and people, by focusing, in principle, on how technical traditions can be analysed, how knowledge can be transferred, how processes and products can be modified, how spatial constructs should be examined, and how actors could be trained. The results of these concerns define seven areas of natural intervention, which can be thought of as the sequential steps of a loop: 

1. analysis of building industrial landscapes
2. articulation of product and process innovation dynamics in construction
3. development of building policy directions and initiatives
4. preparation of construction briefs5. assessment of as-built design
6. development of strategic building system
7. identification of and response to technological gaps

When adhering to the concerns and the principles of FAR, students’ work is considered as an active prospective contributor to the discussion internal to the laboratory. As such, it enjoys full citizenship within its community.