DESST 1504 - Representation I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The course introduces the traditions and origins of representation in architecture and landscape architecture, including: architectural drafting conventions, fundamental drawing principles and graphic techniques. Several different methods of graphic communication and their relationship to the design process are explored, including freehand sketching and drawing plans, sections and elevations. Rendering, one and two-point perspective, axonometric drawing, composition and graphic layout skills will also be introduced. The course uses both a laboratory and studio format that aims to develop both hand drawing and computer aided graphics skills including Photoshop and InDesign.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 1504
    Course Representation I
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes & B.E(Arch) students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description The course introduces the traditions and origins of representation in architecture and landscape architecture, including: architectural drafting conventions, fundamental drawing principles and graphic techniques. Several different methods of graphic communication and their relationship to the design process are explored, including freehand sketching and drawing plans, sections and elevations. Rendering, one and two-point perspective, axonometric drawing, composition and graphic layout skills will also be introduced. The course uses both a laboratory and studio format that aims to develop both hand drawing and computer aided graphics skills including Photoshop and InDesign.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Mirai Morita

    Course Coordinator:
    Mirai Morita
    Room 463, Architecture building
    08 8313 4588
    Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-5pm

    Gabriel Ash
    Esther Young

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The typical weekly schedule includes:
    1x 1hr lecture: Tuesdays 2pm
    1x 2hr tutorial: Fridays (wk1-9)
    1x 2hr workshop: Fridays (wk10,11)

    Check access Adelaide for your workshop and tutorial group times.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. understand the importance of communication in the design context

    2. developing a graphic and spatial thinking through the continuing practice of drawing

    3. understand how to generate, read and interpret orthographic drawings, paraline drawings and perspective drawings.

    4. have explored various analogue techniques of representation both in 2D and 3D

    5. have been introduced to basic digital tools to use in combination with analogue tools.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no set or prescribed texts or resources for purchase in this course. However, the following book is highly recommended to have as a reference book as an architect that you can refer to for the rest of your career.
    - Ching, F., (1998) Design Drawing, WileyPress.

    Much material will be available online or will be given through lectures and tutorials. In addition students will be expected to structure and undertake their own research, that is, to locate and read material relevant to the project and particularly their chosen topic and argument.

    You will need continual access to MyUni for regular updates and course material.

    Please refer to the ‘Eckersleys’ equipment list on the course website and also available from the Architecture school reception. This list is considered the basic equipment/material requirement for most of the courses that you will undertake in the Bachelor of Architectural Design / Engineering (Architectural) and beyond. There will be some additional art materials required for this subject. For example a heavier weight paper for specific tasks. You will be informed of these in advance of requirement.

    The lecture will also facilitate discussion to course related matters.

    All students are expected to read and be familiar with all provided course information available on MyUni..

    Speaker Series:The School has lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on
    contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The sessions are held in the HoraceLamb Lecture Theatre, and the detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    Recommended Resources
    Ching, F., (1990) Drawing, a Creative Process, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

    Farrelly, L(2007) Basics Architecture 1:Representational Techniques, AVA Publishing.

    Gill, R.W., (1975) Creative Perspective, Thames & Hudson

    Hanks, K., (1977) Drawing: a Visual Approach to Thinking, Learning and Communicating, Los Altos.

    Hanks, K., (1980) Rapid Viz: A New Method for Rapid Visualization f Ideas, Los Altos.

    Luscombe, D. and Peden, A., (1992) Picturing Architecture, Craftsman House.

    Milton, H., (ed.), (1993) Glossary of Australian Building Terms, Sydney Building Information Centre.

    Montague, J., (1988) Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, New York: Wiley Press.

    Powell, D., (1990) Presentation Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Ideas, Macdonald.

    Spankie, R., (2009) Drawing Out the Interior, AVA Publishing.

    Standards Australia (1992) AS1100.101-1992 Technical Drawing - Part 101:General principles, Standards

    Standards Australia (1985) AS1100.301-1985 Technical Drawing - Part 301:Architectural drawing

    Taylor, A., (1992) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Prentice Hall.

    Thomson, A., (1993) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Edward Arnold.

    Unwin, S., (2003) Analysing Architecture, Routledge

    Wilkie, G. and Arden, S., (1993) Building Your Own Home, Lansdowne Press.

    Yee, R., (1997) Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, Wiley.

    Zell, Mo (2008) The Architectural Drawing Course, Thames & Hudson
    Online Learning
    Lecture recordings, image pdfs, hand-outs, links for further reference and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni website following the relevant class.

    University Email:The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    Use Discussion board on MyUni affectively to communicate with fellow classmates as well as tutors and lecturers.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures (Ligertwood, 333, Law Lecture Theatre)
    Students are required to attend lectures as these will provide the initial basis for further discussion and critique toward development of assessable outputs. Lectures may not be recorded. PDFs of slides may be provided but these may not contain critical verbal
    explanations of visual material. A range of lectures will background the diverse range of understandings and practice of ‘representation’. This is also a place of opportunity to communicate and recieve feedback from Course coordinator.

    Tutorial (Jordan Laboratories 304)
    Time will be devoted to presentations of assessable assignment material and some exercises supporting delivery of the assignments. They are also the primary means to receiveindividual feedback via work-in-progress reviews. At this level of learning, peer review and commentary is encouraged as a valuable learning tool, both in offering comment on fellow-students’ work and in receiving and responding to comment on your own work. It is considered desirable to change and evolve yourposition throughout the course. Tutorials involve discussion and revision of points of view.

    Regardless of the room locations indicated in your course planner, Representation I tutorials (Fridays) will be located in the Jordan Laboratories (except in weeks 10,11).

    Workshop (Barr Smith South, 539, Arch Computer Suite)
    Similar to tutorial, but will be held in computer lab where skills on computer will be demonstrated as well as getting direct feedback on given tasks on computer.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 3 unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend 3 hours of lecture/tutorial each week and allow for 9 hours of
    self-directed learning each week. That is a total of 12 hours a week for 12 weeks. The tutorials and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in activities and discussions are considered extremely important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures are on Tuesdays 2-3pm in Ligertwood, 333 Lecture Theatre. Tutorials are on Fridays in Jordan Lab 304. Workshops (wk10,11) are on Fridays in Arch computer suite.

    Wk01 01/3 Tue  Lecture  Course introduction, representation and design

              04/3 Fri   Tutorial   Who Are You? 3D visualization of your name.

    Wk02 08/3 Tue  Lecture  Representation, design, idea.

              11/3 Fri   Tutorial   Ass1a due discussion / Visualize your Dream.

    Wk03 15/3 Tue  Lecture  3D Representation

              18/3 Fri   Tutorial   Ass1b due discussion / Box making.

    Wk04 22/3 Tue  Lecture  2D Representation: Orthographic Drawings

              25/3 Fri   Tutorial   Holiday

    Wk05 29/3 Tue  Lecture  Design Communication. Speaker Drew Joyce

             01/4 Fri    Tutorial   Ass2a due / Plan, Elevation, Section

    Wk06 05/4 Tue  Lecture  Abstraction. Design Thinking.

              08/4 Fri   Tutorial   Ass2b due discussion / Creating Volume.

    Mid-Semester Break

    Wk07 26/4 Tue  Lecture  3D Artistic Representation. Speaker TBD

              29/4 Fri   Tutorial   Volume for You.

    Wk08 03/5 Tue  Lecture  2D Representation: Paraline Drawings

              06/5 Fri   Tutorial   Ass3a due. Paraline (Isometric,Oblique) drawing.

    Wk09 10/5 Tue  Lecture  2D Representation: Perspective Drawings/images

              13/5 Fri   Tutorial   1pt 2pt Perspective Drawing

    Wk10 17/5 Tue  Lecture  Digital Representation.

              20/5 Fri   Wrkshp   Photoshop collage.

    Wk11 24/5 Tue  Lecture  Laying out a poster. Speaker Drew Joyce

              27/5 Fri   Wrkshp   Indesign Layout

    Wk12 31/5 Tue  Lecture  TBD

              03/6 Fri   Tutorial   Ass3b due > submission 11am.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course requires attendance at all lectures, tutorials, and workshops as outlinedin the Weekly Schedule. It is anticipated that students will spend time outside designated class hours in learning and progressing of their project.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    10%: PARTICIPATION (attendance + visual diary) > 27May (wk11)
    15%: WHO ARE YOU (your name + your dream) > 18Mar (wk03)
    20%: BOX DRAW YOU (box + drawing) > 08Apr (wk06)
    55%: VOLUME FOR YOU (3D + 2D) > 03Jun (wk12)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is recommended that you own a device with wifi connection such as tablet which you can bring to each class. If you are getting a personal laptop computer, it is recommended that it can support computer software such as Rhino, photoshop, illustrator, indesign.
    Ideal spec for student laptop: 17 inch, Windows 64 bit, minimum of 16 gig of RAM, Intel i7 (or equivalent). Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon HD 4890 or better.
    Assessment Detail
    0- Participation
    Visual Diary: Students are to keep a visual diary for the semester.
    - draw minimum 4 sketches per week of hand, object, nature, architecture
    - write/draw alphabet once a week.
    - use black medium to sketch, ie pencil, pen, charcoal etc.
    - use may use the diary to take notes in lectures and tutorials.
    - note or sketch your dream until you complete assignment 1b.
    - date and title each page, neatly
    - Due 27 May (wk11)
    Quizzes and Tasks: At each lectures and workshops, there will be quiz or task to be completed before the end of class. You will be instructed to submit quiz/task on MyUni in each class.
    Attendance: Participation in both lectures and tutorials/workshops are required. Attendance will be taken at each session.

    1- Assignment 1: Who Are You?
    1a: Visualize your name as 3 dimensional creation. In other words, represent yourself as 3 dimensional abstraction. Think about what your name means, who you are, who you aspire to be, where you come from, what you like etc… You are free to explore any material to use for your creation, be creative, exploratory. It should be minimum A5 maximum A3.
    - Due 11 March (wk02) in tutorial
    1b: Visualize your dream. Pay attention to what you dream from first day of class. Keep your visual diary by your bed, remember to take note/sketch of it as soon as you wake up. Choose an unusual incident such as scene, object, character and represent it as 3 dimensional object. You are free to explore any material to use for your creation, be exploratory. It should be minimum A5 maximum A3.
    - Due 18 March (wk03) in tutorial

    **Also submit photographs for each creation on MyUni by 19 March.

    Assessment Criteria
    - creative thinking/ solution to the problem
    - exploration of material use in creation
    - joy/amusement in the solution

    2- Assignment 2: Box Draw You
    2a: Create a tight fitting box encasing your name and dream. Box is to be created with cardboard material. The box must have 6 sides, 90 degree angles, which 3 sides are fixed and remaining 3 to be removable. It must be crafted with precision and clean craftsmanship.
    - Due 01 April (wk05) in tutorial
    2b: Draw orthographic projections of your box and its content. Plan, elevation, section.
    - Due 08 April (wk06) in tutorial

    **Also submit photographs of the box and scanned drawings on MyUni by 9 April.

    Assessment Criteria
    - craftsmanship of the box
    - critical eyes, observation to detail in drawing
    - understanding of orthographic projections
    - representation of intention in drawings

    3- Assignment 3: Volume for You
    3a: Create an abstract volume for yourself derived from previous two assignments, you and your dream. Use board material with minimum 2 mm in thickness such as foamcore, chipboard and matt board, but no cardboard.
    - Due 06 May (wk08) in tutorial
    3b: Create a A1 board which represents your volume. The board should include the following contents which are to be laid out clearly using Indesign to produce final A2 board.
    - plan and elevation
    - Section with one point perspective
    - two point perspective exterior view
    - axonometric (plan oblique) drawing
    - collage using photoshop showing atmosphere
    - title, name, date, explanation
    - Due 03 June (wk12) 11am

    **Also submit photographs of your volume and PDF file of the board on MyUni by 06 June.

    Assessment Criteria
    - creative intent and development of the volume
    - craftsmanship of the volume
    - understanding of orthographic/axonometric drawing
    - understanding of perspective drawing/image
    - Clarity and composition of the board layout

    **Details of the assignments may change during the semester. It will be announced in class, email or through MyUni.**
    Submission requirements are detailed in the assignment hand-out sheets, and will be available on MyUni. University and School policies apply. Students will receive regular feedback on work in tutorials and may make appointments at other times to discuss any concerns regarding submission requirements.

    The submission dates and locations for the assignments associated with this course are listed above and will be detailed in the hand-out sheets and on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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