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AR40300: Design studio 5

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 18
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop designs that address wider issues of urban design and landscape as well as detail considerations of material strategies and techniques as part of an integrated architectural approach.
To encourage each student to explore and develop their own design processes through a series of structured exercises run in parallel with the studio design projects.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have completed this unit will -
Have the ability to:
* prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief
* to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals
Have knowledge of:
* the creative application of the theories, practices and technologies of the arts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualization and representation.

The ability to manage and produce individual work as well as work as part of a group. To undertake critical assessment of information and its clear communication. The ability to synthesise in elegant designs the complex demands of context, environment, materials, user needs and function.

The unit has two aspects both aimed at providing necessary skills for the design thesis in Year 2.
The first sets two sequential projects, each based in urban locations, and involves at least one study visit to a town or city, the collection of visual, historical, social and cultural information relating to its development, the presentation of drawings photographs and models of the past and present character and future potential of the area and the design and presentation of proposals for Landscape, Building and Detail elements of each project. The designs are to be presented through both drawings and models (physical and/or computer models). Designs will be developed with due regard to aesthetic and technical requirements prevailing within the urban context studied and with due regard to the perceived long-term social and physical needs of the local community. Specialist expertise will be provided by visiting consultants, and visiting design critics will be invited at appropriate times during the project.
The second aspect is interwoven with the first and includes a series of structured exercises in design process. These will involve both individual and collaborative working and group workshops or discussions. Feedback, criticism or tutorial will primarily be provided through peer review and by studio tutors.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40300 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-ANM08 : MArch(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.