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The Processes of Making Architecture

  • Module code: AR5004
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 5
  • Credits: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: AR5001, AR5002, AR5003

Summary

At both a strategic and a detailed level, the ways in which a building is made are fundamental in defining its architectural character. This module provides the foundations for the knowledge, techniques and skills that a student will need to master in order to construct and structure a holistic architectural proposition. The module will cover an introduction to engineering, building components, building systems and building skins. This knowledge will be mainly taught through lectures. Students will apply the acquired knowledge to both an existing building and their own design proposal.

Aims

  • Develop a level of integration of environmental, structural, material and services principles.
  • Establish a strategy for how the making of a building defines its architectural character, its relationship to its environment and its inhabitants.
  • Address the detailed resolution of appropriate aspects of a design project.

Learning outcomes

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

1.    Audit an existing building and determine its primary construction methods and details;

2.    Understand the appropriate application of materials in relation to construction and structure and how this impacts upon the architectural character of a building;

3.    Demonstrate an understanding of environmental concerns at a micro and macro scale, human comfort and the appropriate use of technology, and how these impact on design decisions;

4.    Apply the principles of construction methods and detailing to a part of a design project;

5.    Understand how the elements of construction and structure come together to form a holistic and sustainable building proposition;

6.    Propose a coherent structural strategy for a design proposal.

Curriculum content

  • Surveying and recording skills and recognition through primary research of common construction and servicing techniques and methods;
  • Appraisal of the character of different buildings made with different materials and construction techniques;
  • The principles of environmental servicing, light, air and human comfort and the implications of these principles on building design;
  • Technical construction detailing of a building design;
  • Integration of structural, construction and building services materials and methods;
  • General principles of structural engineering in relation to architecture.

Teaching and learning strategy

The module includes a design component and a supportive/ contextual component and the two are taught in relation to each other through a combination of studio-based projects, lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and study visits.

The School employs various learning technologies to support the teaching and learning strategies. Canvas is used to support teaching and learning in all modules, and other aspects of the courses and School as a whole. It is used at a modular level as a repository for all module documentation, such as the module guide, briefs, lecture handouts, support material, and links to web-resources. It is also used for tutorial and workshop sign-up lists and discussion forums where appropriate.

All courses based in the Kingston School of Art offer students free access to the online video tutorial platform Lynda.com. This provides a wide range of subjects to choose from, many with downloadable exercise files, including software tutorials covering photography, graphics, web design, audio and music, CAD and Microsoft Office software, as well as courses on Business and Management skills. Some of these are embedded in the curriculum and offer additional self-paced learning, others may be taken at will by students wishing to broaden their employability skills in other areas.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Eg.studio-based projects, lecturers, workshops, study visits, tutorials, seminars Studio-based projects, lectures, workshops, study visits, tutorials, seminars. 75
Guided independent study 225
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Assessment for this module has two equally weighted components which students must pass separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module. The design portfolio is synoptically assessed across all 4 modules.

Within the Supporting Studies, feedback/feed forward is given in different forms depending on the nature of the work. However all will offer the opportunity for at least one group or individual tutorial and formal written feedback following submission, within the prescribed timescale.

Within the Design Project studio, the following strategies for feedback/feed forward apply:

  • Weekly tutorials, either group or individual as appropriate to the project stage
  • At least one formal presentation and review, with written feedback, within each teaching block
  • Formative feedback on a submitted portfolio at end of teaching block 1
  • Formal written feedback on a submitted portfolio at end of teaching block 2

Component 1 - Coursework assessment (50%):

This relates to elements of teaching and delivery, such as lecture and seminar programmes, which support studio design work or address specific skills that relate to it. This is referred to as Supporting Study and is reflected in Learning Outcomes 1-3. A typical example of assessment for the Coursework assessment of this module would be an analysis of a domestic case study project (15%); an analysis of a non-domestic case study project (15%); and a study of semester 2 studio design project (20%).

Component 2 - Design Portfolio (50%):

This relates to the aspects of assessment tested through design studio projects. This is referred to as Design Project and is reflected in Learning Outcomes 4-5. A typical example of assessment for the Design Project component of this module would be a portfolio of work related to the strategy and detail for material resolution and construction of two Design Projects.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1) Audit an existing building and determine its primary construction methods and details; Coursework.
2) Understand the appropriate application of materials in relation to construction and structure and how this impacts upon the architectural character of a building; Coursework.
3) Demonstrate an understanding of environmental concerns at a micro and macro scale, human comfort and the appropriate use of technology, and how these impact on design decisions; Coursework.
4) Apply the principles of construction methods and detailing to a part of a design project; Design Portfolio.
5) Understand how the elements of construction and structure come together to form a holistic and sustainable building proposition; Design Portfolio.
6) Propose a coherent structural strategy for a design proposal Design Portfolio.

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Coursework assessments Coursework 50%
Design portfolio Coursework 50%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It is a requirement that the elements of assessment are passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Foster, J. S., and Harington, R., 2007. Structure and Fabric Part 1. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson

Foster, J. S., and Harington, R., 2007. Structure and Fabric Part 2. 5th ed. Harlow: Pearson

Norberg-Schulz, C., 1980. Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli

Rasmussen, S.E., 2000. Experiencing Architecture. 28th ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press

Von Meiss, P., 1998. Elements of Architecture, From form to place. London: Spon Press

Deplazes, A., 2008. Constructing Architecture: Material Processes Structures, Basel: Birkhäuser

Ching, F.D.K., 2008. Building Construction Illustrated, 4th ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons

Delaney, M., and Gorman, A., ed. Lappin, S.A., 2011. Studio Craft & Technique: The Architecture Student's Handbook. Dublin: UCD

Littlefield, D., 2007. New Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data. 3rd ed. Oxford: Architectural Press

Bibliography recommended reading

To be developed in line with discussions about course content.

Tanizaki, J., 2001. In Praise of Shadows, London: Vintage Classics

Pallasmaa, J. (2009) The Thinking Hand, John Wiley & Sons

Pallasmaa, J, 2009. The Thinking Hand. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons

Gordon, J.E., 1990. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down, London: Norton

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