DESST 2520 - Representation II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course explores innovative representational ideas and techniques in both a practical and theoretical context. Students will experiment with the imaginative potential of the techniques, precedents, concepts and technologies presented and engage with a range of techniques including photo collage, photography, visualising statistics, diagrams and botanical drawing. The course includes laboratory workshop sessions that aim to enhance skills in hand drawing and computer graphics introduced in Representation I.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 2520
    Course Representation II
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 1504
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description This course explores innovative representational ideas and techniques in both a practical and theoretical context. Students will experiment with the imaginative potential of the techniques, precedents, concepts and technologies presented and engage with a range of techniques including photo collage, photography, visualising statistics, diagrams and botanical drawing. The course includes laboratory workshop sessions that aim to enhance skills in hand drawing and computer graphics introduced in Representation I.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Samer Akkach

    Course Coordinator:
    Mirai Morita
    Room 463, Architecture building
    08 8313 4588
    Availabilable by appointment

    Phiilppe Naudin
    James Thomson
    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: Thurs 10am

    1x 2hr workshop tutorial offered on:
    -      Fridays 10am-12pm
    -      Fridays  1pm -3pm

    Check access Adelaide for your workshop tutorial group.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.     produce a portfolio demonstrating design process and proposition using graphic tools of the profession

    2.     compose images and texts to explain the design

    3.     compose graphic layout to communicate ideas and concepts

    4.     demonstrate effective communication of visual concepts (narrative)

    5.     develop and express ideas through experiment with physical model, sketch, photography, digital editing, combining images and drawings using digital technologies including 3D modelling, CAD, Adobe suite

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no set or prescribed texts or resources for purchase in this course. 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.

    Recommended Resources
    More detail of specific references will be provided during the semester.

    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 scheduled for Tuesday 6pm at the Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, and the exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.

    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
    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.

    Workshop Tutorial
    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 your
    position throughout the course. Tutorials involve discussion and revision of points of view.


    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: Thursdays 10-11am  Sterling Lecture Theater. 
    Workshop tutorials: Fridays 10am-12pm/1pm-3pm Arch computer suite.

    Wk01    31/7      Thu       Lecture             Course introduction, means of representation.
                01/8      Fri        Tutorial             Create, Unfold, Build. 

    Wk02    07/8      Thu       Lecture             Photography, Scene Making. Speaker Aurelia Carbone. 
                08/8      Fri        Tutorial             Photo, Sketch, Photo Editing, Title block.  Ass1A due

    Wk03    14/8      Thu       Lecture             Layout: Small Page. Speaker TBD
                15/8      Fri        Tutorial             Digital Modification.  Ass1B due.

    Wk04    21/8      Thu       Lecture             Representation in Architecture. Speaker MM
                22/8      Fri        Tutorial             Making Drawing.

    Wk05    28/8      Thu       Lecture             Illustration. Speaker Murray Van
                29/8      Fri        Tutorial             Draw, Clean, Layout.

    Wk06    04/9      Thu       Lecture             Layout: Large Poster. Speaker TBD
                05/9      Fri        Tutorial             Modify, Improve, Buildup.  Ass 2 due

    Wk07    11/9      Thu       Lecture             Representation for Making. Speaker Quentin Gore
                12/9      Fri        Tutorial             Making Structure, Render

    Wk08    18/9      Thu       Lecture             Representation in Architecture. Speaker Urs Bette
                19/9      Fri        Tutorial             Prototyping, Production Drawing.


    Wk09    09/10    Thu       Lecture             Layout: Book. Speaker Marco Cicchianni
                10/10    Fri        Tutorial             Refine, Develop, Produce.  Ass 3A, 3B due

    Wk10    16/10    Thu       Lecture             Digital Painting. Speaker Simon Scales
                17/10    Fri        Tutorial             Refine, Develop, Animate.   Ass 3C due

    Wk11    23/10    Mon      Lecture             TBD
                24/10    Fri        Tutorial             Refine, Develop, Animate, Layout.

    Wk12    30/10    Thu       Lecture             no lecture
                31/10    Fri        Tutorial             Refine, Develop, Animate, Layout.

    Wk13    06/11    Thu                               Ass 4 due

    Specific Course Requirements
    This course requires attendance at all lectures, and workshop tutorials as outlined
    in 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
    Assignment1 Creation, 15 Aug (wk3) 10am: 8 %
    Assignment2 Drawing,  09Sept (wk7)10am: 12%
    Assignment3 Digital Manifestation,  17Oct (wk10)10am: 18%
    Assignment4 Composing the Story,  07Nov (wk13)4pm: 40%
    Workshop Tutorial Tasks,  Every Week End of class: 12%
    Participation: 10%

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment criteria for exercises are detailed in the individual Assignment hand-out sheets and are generally introduced and explained in lectures and will be available on MyUni.

    The goal of the assignment is to produce a comprehensive narrative of an object using various tools to represent important aspects of the story.  The students are encouraged to explore the
    possibilities of computer tools as well as hand sketching and building.  Be experimental in how it can be used.  Be critical about what to choose to identify or represent in what manner.  Look at how other architects and designers represent their ideas.  The assignment will be completed in 4 parts with the following goals and deadlines.

    Assignment 1 –Creation
    Due: 08 Aug/15 Aug  10am
    1A: Create an object using Rhino, create your digital creation physically with your hands.
    The object you create needs to meet the following criteria:
    - fits within 15cm cube
    - has min 3, max 8, 90degree folds
    - needs to be entirely white or entirely grey
    - building material should have min1mm, max5mm  thickness
    - no unfinished material edge should bevisible
    One should carefully construct the object with pristine knife work, sensitive glue usage and attention to edges.  While building one should think about what the object possibly can be and be aware of the direction this initial object could lead you for the remainder of the
    -  Due: 08 Aug  10am
    -  Hand in physical object
    -  Submit Photograph of the object on MyUni in JPG format
    1B: Photograph the physical object, create a scene by sketching over the photograph, edit/combine
    in photoshop to begin setting the scene for the object.
    -  Due: 15 Aug  10am
    -  Hand in A3 print out with title block
    -  Submit PDF on MyUni

    Assignment 2 – Drawing
    Due : 5 Sept 10am
    Experiment in Rhino, modify, improve, build up on your original object.  Then create series of drawings that begins to explain your object in drawings, including plans, sections, elevations,
    axonometric, context plan, diagrams, etc. Begin developing a narrative to
    explain the object.  One should think about scale, site, program and materiality to be incorporated into the narrative.  You will be marked on the creative use and careful control of illustrator tools in pursuit of telling the story. Drawings must be in appropriate scale.
    - Hand in A3 sheets printed with title block
    - digital submission through MyUni

    Assignment 3 –Digital Manifestation
    Due: 10 Oct @ end of class (3A.3B) / 17 Oct(3C)
    3A: You will create image by producing digital render of your object. Your object should be evolving through the course. Experiment with rhino tools.  Produce a digital render and do post-production in photoshop combination with techniques learned through previous physicalphoto exercise.
    – Due 10 Oct end of class
    – 3 images @ 2350 x 1650 pixels, differentperspectives.
    – Digital submission through MyUni.
    3B: Make series of line drawings representing the geometry of the digital creation.  Take critical geometric lines using rhino tools such as make 2D, section, and contour. Geometric lines should be cleaned up in Rhino to appropriate layers, colours, line weights.  Then lines should
    be exported into Illustrator.  In Illustrator, give life to the drawing by animating, annotating, giving colour, line weight control and adding necessary illustration to give life to theobject in better communicating the story.
    – Due 10 Oct end of class
    – plans, sections, elevations at appropriatescale.
    – Create A2 presentation sheet(s) including 3A and 3B
    – Hand in A2 sheets in class
    – Digital submission through MyUni.
    3C: Laser cut or 3D
    printed physical model of whole or part of digital object.  Be critical about what you choose to
    produce.  It should tie into thenarrative you want to tell.

    Assignment 4 – Composing the Story
    Due Date: 06 Nov
    Comprehensive representation of the journey the object has taken throughout the course.  The booklet should tell a continuous narrative of the box from the beginning to the end, and should include photographs, images, and annotated line drawings.  This is not a collection of previous assignments. You should be improving your skills throughout the semester and thisbooklet should demonstrate the advancement of your knowledge and skills.   You will be marked on how well you tell the story by taking risks and exploring the possibilities of tools discussed inclass through the course.
    - 1 booklet
    - A4, 10-20 papers including title page,bound.
    - PDF submission of the booklet.
    – digital submission 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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