ARCH 7032 - Studio Cultures: Architecture (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This design studio focuses on the issues of cultural sensibility and critical self-reflection in the design process. The studio project will engage and compare different cultural, historical, political, social, environmental, engineering and technological contexts to develop appropriately sensitive and responsive designs. The studio will further engage awareness and critical perspectives arising from cross-cultural encounters and collaboration within the multi-disciplinary design team and the multi-cultural student cohort to encourage students to reflect on their own increasingly cosmopolitan cultural makeup and bring this into the design process.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7032
    Course Studio Cultures: Architecture (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites ARCH 7033
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) students only
    Course Description This design studio focuses on the issues of cultural sensibility and critical self-reflection in the design process. The studio project will engage and compare different cultural, historical, political, social, environmental, engineering and technological contexts to develop appropriately sensitive and responsive designs. The studio will further engage awareness and critical perspectives arising from cross-cultural encounters and collaboration within the multi-disciplinary design team and the multi-cultural student cohort to encourage students to reflect on their own increasingly cosmopolitan cultural makeup and bring this into the design process.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Urs Bette

    Course Coordinator: Peter Scriver
    Tutors: Urs Bette, Mirai Morita, Peter Scriver
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe and explain the formal structure, construction and function of a work of architecture as a product or response to physical as well as cultural contexts
    2. Demonstrate a broader theoretical understanding of relationships between built form, content, context, concept, and construction, with particular reference to culture-specific practices, perceptions, beliefs and operations
    3. Interpret culture-specific practices as generative parameters to creatively synthesise an architectural project
    4. Compose an innovative design on the basis of exploration and critical reflection
    5. Explore and transpose culture-specific means of representation to develop and communicate a design project
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the architect as an agent of cultural change
    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)
    1, 2, 6
    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
    3,4,5
    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
    1, 2
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4, 5
    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
    2, 6
    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
    4, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The format for Studio Cultures is the Design Studio, a structure that parallels industry processes for design development and resolution. Students are required to present their work each week in the Studio workshop environment, subjecting it to analysis, critique and response by staff and students.

    Students must maintain a written diary of these sessions, recording the responses to their weekly pin-up. This are "work in progress" presentations, nonetheless the work needs to be articulated and referenced in regards to the individual topics, theoretical backgrounds and practical issues pursued by the students.

    The studio sessions are supplimented by a weekly lecture.
    Workload

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

    It is a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 12 unit course are expected to devote 48 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided study. Self-guided study should be used towards preparation of weekly pin-ups and the steady development of your project. The following figures are based on this framework, and might assist in managing your workload. The workload, established by the expected final outcome (presentation & exhibition) is significant. It adds up to a full time job! Organise your time wisely.

    Total contact hours: 6 hrs per week x 12 weeks
    Total self-guided study: 18 hrs per week x 12 weeks
    Total workload hours: 24 hrs per week x 12 weeks

    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Lecture & Studio
    Week 2 Lecture & Studio
    Week 3 Lecture & Studio
    Week 4 Lecture & Design Review
    Week 5 Lecture & Studio
    Week 6 Lecture & Studio
    Break Individual development
    Week 7 Lecture & Design Review
    Week 8 Lecture & Studio
    Week 9 Lecture & Studio
    Week 10 Lecture & Studio
    Week 11 Lecture & Studio
    Week 12 Individual development
    Week 13 Final Design Review
  • 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
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    1 exploratory model and graphic analyses Summative 20% Week 4, Tuesday, studio hours 1,2,5
    2 preliminary architectural concept Summative 20% Week 7, Tuesday, studio hours 3,4,5
    3 Final Design Summative 40% Week 13, Tuesday, studio hours 4,5,6
    4 Participation 10% N/A
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    1: exploratory analyses
    For this initial assignment, students will work in pre-assigned teams and analyse examples of the existing architectural / cultural context.

    Criteria: Students will be credited for evidence of their understanding of relationships between built form, content, context, concept, with particular reference to culture-specific practices, perceptions, beliefs and operations.


    2: preliminary architectural concept
    Students show the development of their design research, from initial investigations, tests and trials, to preliminary ideas, concepts and a subsequent proposal.

    Criteria: Students will be credited for a comprehensibly laid out presentation that gives evidence of their design thinking, that demonstrates their understanding of culture-specific practices as generative parameters to creatively synthesise an architectural project. Students will be credited for the rigor and intensity of their investigation, knowledge and understanding of like or relevant projects, originality and inventiveness in both approach and subsequent proposal.


    1: Final Design 
    Fully develop the architectural design of a selected portion or component of the brief to communicate the defining qualities of the scheme.

    Criteria: Students will be credited for a coherent presentation that draws a clear and legible argument from the initial investigations to the conceptual idea and final design outcome. Students will be credited for the interpretation and transposition of the investigated cutural contexts towards an innovative design of medium to high complexity (demonstrating the integration of functional and technical aspects, as well as addressing cultural, social and urban design issues). Students will be credited for a legible and detailed documentation of their designs through plans, sections and elevations, renderings and models, expressing their confidence in using the language of architectural communication.
    Submission
    1. exploratory model and graphic analyses
    Due Date: Week 4, Tuesday, studio hours
    Weight: 20%
    Method: pin-up of poster and physical model (poster and images of model submitted as pdf to MyUni)

    2. preliminary architectural concept
    Due Date: Week 7, Tuesday, studio hours
    Weight: 20%
    Method: pin-up of poster and physical model (poster and images of model submitted as pdf to MyUni)

    3. Final Design
    Due Date: Week 13, Tuesday, studio hours
    Weight: 40%
    Method: pin-up of poster and physical model (poster and images of model submitted as pdf to MyUni)

    4. Participation
    Due Date: NA
    Weight: 10%
    Method: weekly pin-ups and desk-crits with the studio tutors and fellow students 
    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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