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This subject is not available except to enabling students in E-ABP (Enabling Course - Architecture, Building & Planning)
This subject has two parts: design studio and design history.
This foundation studio component offers an introduction to both architectural and spatial design and to the specific pedagogical and cognitive attributes of studio teaching. The studio will provide a base for further development and exploration of diverse design processes. The studio will introduce critique, presentation, speculation and design resolution as fundamental components of studio practice and will develop an investigative logic for design development and expression. The studio will operate with both group exercises and individual production. The studio will offer basic and introductory instruction in various representational, graphic and documentation techniques and processes.
This lecture and tutorial component will develop a basic understanding of how architecture acts as part of the political and cultural processes for all societies, particularly western culture. The instruction will investigate the legacy of classical western architecture and how its development is both formal and political in its consequences. It will look at the relationships of architecture to power structures and how architecture and spatial order are reflective of the social and moral relationships within a society. This non-linear history will also examine the disruptive impacts of non-western architecture and will challenge the presumptions of eternal truths and destiny for western architecture. In doing so, the course will offer a re-appraisal of architectural lineage, tradition, style and values.
Note: it is recommended to read the following book before starting this course:
“Four Historical Definitions of Architecture”; Parcell, Stephen, McGill-Queens University; Montreal, 2012”
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Communicate ideas through graphic and spatial techniques
- Develop a methodology for translating spatial and organizational concepts into 2D and 3D form
- Develop performance-based design, testing ideas and forms through iterative and serial processes
- Understand how materials influence scale, texture, integration and utility of surfaces, objects and spaces
- Establish critical thinking and the ability to make formulate a critical evaluation of design work – both individual work and work of others within the studio cohort
- Understand the primary historical and cultural themes of western architecture
- Have an awareness of the complex relationship between architecture and political and cultural power
- Develop a broad understanding of western architectural phases and important figures in the traditions of architecture
- Understand the connection between philosophical system and spatial practices
- Establish critical thinking and the ability to formulate a critical evaluation of architectural polemics and formal expression
- Design Studio: • Operating within a studio context • Basic understanding of design practices and methods • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse, design and communicate • Understanding of scale • Translation of ideas into forms and graphic communications • Ability to test and evaluation options and alternatives • Critical thinking and critical assessment Design History: • Build on technical skills in methods of visual documentation and presentation (for example drawing, photography and mapping) • Critical thinking and analysis through required reading, discussion, essay writing and presentations and assessment of arguments. • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, in written and oral form through essays, discussion and class presentations. • Selection and critique of architectural case studies.
Last updated: 15 September 2022