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AR40105: History and theory of architecture and urban design

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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:
Description: Aims:
To provide an investigation of Architectural Theory and History of Urban design in the post-war period. Themes within contemporary city theory will be identified via a discussion of their proponents. Links will be made to Design Studio that runs after this unit. Students who have completed this unit should be able to demonstrate the utilization of a major theme in architectural theory and history in the critical appraisal of practice; demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary built environment as filtered through assigned texts, and to set out a critical appraisal of the arguments presented; research an architectural topic of theoretical/speculative interest.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have completed this unit will be able to demonstrate the following: knowledge of:
* the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings;
* the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture;
* how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design;
* the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture;
* theories of urban design and the planning of communities;
* the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment.

Independent research; presenting arguments coherently in Powerpoint and written form.

Working in pairs students are asked to prepare a Powerpoint presentation of 30 minutes duration and an associated written paper on an allocated theorist. Assessment will be based on clarity of argument, criticality, depth of research and overall coherence.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40105 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-APA29 : Architecture Degree Apprenticeship
  • UEAR-ANM08 : MArch(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)


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