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Materials and Construction

  • Module code: IR4102
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 4
  • Credits: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principle of the workshop and studio as integrated creative environments for the interior designer. The workshop is seen as an extension of the design studio, with special facilities for particular activities eg. the 3D workshop and Digital Media workshop.  This principle is explored in the context of materials and construction and their impact on the interior through a series of projects centred on physical (and digital) modelling. Digital modelling facilitates physical modelling which is used to explore materials and construction through scale representation and the model's own attributes. Judgements are made on model aesthetics and communication. The modelling process develops basic workshop skills and refines an awareness of attention to detail.

Material characteristics and properties, manufacturing processes and technologies are also introduced and explored. The module simultaneously grounds students with key competencies and subject context knowledge.

Aims

  • To establish the workshops as essential integrated and interactive learning environments.
  • To introduce basic principles of building structure, construction and materials and their relationship to the interior.
  • To introduce basic principles of manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • To develop the skills and sensitivities necessary for the exploration of materials and making in the workshop

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Engage with and utilise the workshop(s) as a creative extension of the design studio.
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of materials and construction and their impact on the interior
  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the characteristics and properties of materials, manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Develop CAD skills in context
  • Communicate a physical body of work as part of a larger cohort narrative

Curriculum content

  • Principles of materials and construction and their relationship to the interior
  • Theoretical introduction to materials and manufacturing
  • Practical development of workshop and studio-based model making techniques in a design context
  • Exploration of the creative use of materials and technologies
  • CAD in context

Teaching and learning strategy

Teaching will be delivered through a series of studio and workshop based assignments and exercises with supporting talks/presentations/visits. The emphasis is upon developing knowledge, skills and creative techniques in a practical context.

Projects set within the module will allow and encourage experimentation and demonstration of the practical and theoretical application of this learning. Design projects, Studio-based teaching and workshop based teaching which include the following:

  • Talks, seminars and group discussions; research methods and outcomes
  • Workshops, demonstrations and visits.
  • Group tutorials; design development, application and resolution
  • Self-directed study and research

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Taught studio projects, workshops, seminars, reviews, crits & tutorials 200
Guided independent study 100
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Students engage with the principles of the 3D / digital workshop facilities in response to an interior design project brief. The brief is set to permit students to practically explore the fundamental principles of materials and construction in the workshop environment within an interior design project narrative or theme. Students undertake a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding outside the workshop environment. Students contribute to a collective cohort output.

Projects, exercises and development work are formatively assessed with feedback and feed forward provided in crits and project reviews throughout the module. Project work will be submitted and summatively assessed at the end of the module.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1) Engage with and utilise the workshop(s) as a creative extension of the design studio. Engagement with a practical design brief set to explore the principles of materials and construction and the workshop facilities. Production of a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of subject. A Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
2) Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of materials and construction and their impact on the interior. Engagement with a practical design brief set to explore the principles of materials and construction and the workshop facilities. Production of a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of subject. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
3) Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the characteristics and properties of materials, manufacturing processes and technologies. Engagement with a practical design brief set to explore the principles of materials and construction and the workshop facilities. Production of a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of subject. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
4) Develop CAD skills in context. Engagement with a practical design brief set to explore the principles of materials and construction and the workshop facilities. Production of a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of subject. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
5) Communicate a physical body of work as part of a larger cohort narrative. Engagement with a practical design brief set to explore the principles of materials and construction and the workshop facilities. Production of a case study report to demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of subject. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Coursework Studio projects 100%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS a requirement that the major category of assessment is passed in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Ching, FDK. (2008) Building Construction Illustrated. John Wiley & Sons

Deplazes, A. (2008) Constructing Architecture, Material Process Structure. Birkhauser

Hausladen, G. (2010) Interior Construction Manual: Integrated Planning, Finishes and Fitting Out, Technical Services. Birkhauser

Plunkett, D. (2010) Construction and Detailing for Interior Design. Laurence King

Thompson, R. (2007) Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals. Thames & Hudson

Hudson, J. (2008). Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture. Laurence King.

Lefteri, C. (2012) Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design. Laurence King

Lefteri, C. (2006) Materials for Inspirational Design. Rotovision

Charny, D. (2011) Power of Making: The Case for Making and Skills. V&A Publishing

Bibliography recommended reading

Arkhipov, V. (2006) Home-Made, Contemporary Russian Folk Artifacts. Fuel

Zumthor, P. (2006) Atmospheres: Architectural Environments - Surrounding Objects. Birkhauser

Pallasmaa, J. (2009) The Thinking Hand, Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture. John Wiley & Sons

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