Whether in wooden form perched above centuries-old Moroccan marketplaces or as extruded aluminum with a non-PVC film delicately delineating spaces, volume, and depth in Japanese architecture, louvers and slats provide architects and designers with myriad design solutions and contribute to sustainability goals. This course will review the use of louvers and slats in both historic and modern times while analyzing case studies and exploring design options, applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Review how louvers have been used in architectural design, both historically and in modern architecture.
  • Explore design options and applications for architectural louvers and slats.
  • Discover how architectural louvers and slats can be used in sustainable design.
  • Analyze the concept of how IMPs function as “Perfect/Universal Walls” and perform the same functions as multi-component wall systems.
  • Examine case studies where architectural louvers and slats were used to add aesthetic interest and define space.

Pre-requisite: None.