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This class provides a solid introduction of the science & technology of the home, covering bio-climactic principles as well as choice of materials, location & design context. But we also question the great emphasis which is put on more & larger construction by the alternative movement these days. BioConstruction or EcoBuilding are terms which technically mean 'construction which promotes life' or 'ecological building', not something which is centered - yet again - on consumerist values: putting human whims & comfort above all else. How or when are these 'bio' & 'construction' terms used in contradictory ways? Do we need to coin a new 'perma-construction' term?