Full Title Architectural Context and Theory 1

Short Title Arch Context and Theory 1

Code DSGN06074
Level 06
Credit 05

Author O'Brien, Maeliosa
Department Civil Eng. and Construction

Subject Area Design
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This module will introduce the histories, theories and criticisms of architecture and interior design, the mechanics of design, design thinking and language

The module aims to:
  • Provide an introductory overview of architecture and interiors in the contemporary built environment
  • Give an overview of the histories, theories and criticism of world architecture, interior design, furniture design and decoration examining form, space and order
  • Investigate the relationship between architectural development and changing technologies that influence the design of buildings
  • Provide an introduction to design theory methods, procedures and processes - the design process in practice
  • Establish reflective and reflexive practice

Indicative Syllabus
This module has two main thematic areas- 1. History, theory and criticism of architecture, 2. Mechanics, reasoning and the language of design.

Part 1
  • An Introduction To The Contemporary Built Environment
  • An Introduction To The Histories, Theories and Criticism Of Architecture
  • The Impact Of Changing Technologies On Architecture
  • Site visit to major European city


Part 2
  • An introduction to theories of learning, learning styles and reflective practice
  • An introduction to design thinking and communication
  • An introduction to the mechanics of design - the design process
  • An introduction to the architecture of space, structure and enclosure



Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Recognise and discuss the importance of architectural precedents and design theories at an introductory level

  2. Debate the impact that major technological and scientific advances have on the field of architecture

  3. Evaluate key characteristics of seminal buildings and interiors from the major architectural periods

  4. Explain the basic tenets of the theories of design, procedures and processes - the design process

  5. Apply design theory procedures and processes in a range of regulated conditions

  6. Develop theoretical concepts and consider significant underpinning design theory and current research in a number of directed and controlled contexts 


Assessment Strategies
Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: detailed assignment development and resolutions, presentations, sketchbooks, models & debate

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Project 1,2,3 25 Any
Continuous Assessment 1,2,3 25 Any
Project 4,5,6 25 Any
Assignment 4,5,6 25 Any


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


Open Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

ACCS Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Architectural Histories, Theories and Criticism 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory The Mechanics of Design, Design Thinking and Language 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 3 Weekly 3.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Part 1

Ching, F.D.K, (1996) Architecture, Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York

Ching, FDK, (2006), Global History of Architecture, Wiley, New York

Smith, K. (2012) Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a Discipline, Routledge, London

Unwin, S. (2010) Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand, Routledge, London

Weston, R. (2011) 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture, Laurence King, London

Part 2

Adler, David, (1999) Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data, Architectural Press,

Ching, F.D.K, (1996) Architecture, Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York

Ching, Francis, D. K, Interior Design Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987

Clark, Kenneth, (2005), Civilisation, John Murray

Gropius, W,(1965), The New Architecture and The Bauhaus, MIT Press

Lawson, Bryan, How Designers Think, Architectural Press, 2006

Le Corbusier, (1985), Towards a New Architecture,Dover Publications

Malnar, J, M & Vodvarka, F, Interior Dimensions: A Theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space, John Wiley & Sons, 1991

Palladio, A, (1965), The Four Books of Architecture, Dover Publications; New Ed edition

Pile, John, F, Interior Design, Harry N Abrams, 1995

Pile, John, F, Colour in Interior Design, McGraw-Hill, 1997




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