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Architecture Design Studio: Air (ABPL30048)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30048
Semester 1
Semester 2
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The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. Students will undertake a series of studio-based exercises in design demanding greater synthesis of diverse requirements and leading to increasingly resolved designs.

Emphases include:

  • three-dimensional spatial ordering;
  • the development of an architectural language that can be responsive to different conditions;
  • representation and composition
  • an examination of interior and exterior spaces.

A variety of exploratory and analytic thinking methods, from concept mapping such as charting, will be introduced alongside a range of three-dimensional media, from digital modelling to physical modelling. Linking these investigations will be the theme of air, which may be explored conceptually, metaphorically, structurally, or technologically – e.g. atmosphere, acoustics (auditoria), music, inflatables, air flow and air quality, ventilation and cooling, wind turbines and wind forces.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to interrogate a brief;
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
  • Develop skills in various three-dimensional media;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architecture and air through the application of the three points above;
  • Further develop the ability to make a case for proposals.

Generic skills

An intermediate capacity for:

  • two and three-dimensional communication skills;
  • analysis and exploration of design ideas; appropriate use of design terminology;
  • time management and meeting deadlines;
  • both verbal and two- and three-dimensional graphic presentation skills;
  • ability to conceptualise in three dimensions;
  • appropriate use of design terminology.

Last updated: 17 July 2019