APL2004 : Relational Mapping, Design and Representation
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Mrs Armelle Tardiveau
- Lecturer: Mr Xi Chen, Miss Sarah Stead
- Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The module builds on the knowledge and skills introduced in ARC1007 (Architectural Design) module.
Students will develop explorative, cognitive, creative and representational skills through a project that will encompass components including mapping, participatory engagement related to spatial design and representational techniques.
The aims to this module include:
1 – to introduce a relational approach to space that enables an understanding of place from a variety of social practices.
2 – to unfold potential and allow creative and multi-scalar thinking through drawing and mapping such social practices.
3 – to consolidate and improve representational skills introduced in Stage 1 and introduce basic to advanced computing skills in the context of mapping and design.
4 – to develop explorative, cognitive and creative design skills via a design project at a variety of scales and increased complexity.
5 – to develop an understanding of participatory design practice and the involvement of users in design that concern their everyday built environment.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module is studio based with practical components engaging students in spatial design projects that build on the experience of the first year architectural design module (ARC1007). The projects provide opportunities to introduce relational approaches to space and participatory design methods as well as integrate representational techniques including advanced computing skills.
Students are asked to develop a self-reflective approach to practice and document their learning process through the semester. They will work for the a large part of the project individually however there will be opportunities small group working
Weekly tutorials and design reviews support the development of the design projects, together with representational workshops that equip students with relevant skills to support the visual communication of their ideas. In addition, weekly design lectures will be underpinning the main themes of the design project which revolve around relational practice and mapping as visual tool to ‘make visible the invisible’ aspects of the built environment and everyday practice in the urban realm.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||9||2:00||18:00||Design/ Representation lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||Design tutorials/ crits|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||90:00||90:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||4||3:00||12:00||Computer aided design and graphic software|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||3:00||6:00||Site observation and recording|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lecture-briefings set up the theme and pedagogical intentions of the project, introduce precedents and techniques to represent relational mapping and design practice. Fieldwork engages student to gain an in-depth understanding of socio- spatial networks and introduce them to draw from everyday practice observed and mapped in the public realm. A participatory exercise involving users in the design of their everyday built environment will allow students to learn to articulate a design proposal that takes into account users perspectives and experience. The design project enables a synthesis and a development of their relational mapping and engagement to produce a creative spatial proposal that is visually conveyed through the skills gained in the representational workshops.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The module enables students to increase transferable skills such as mapping, engaging, designing and representing spatial proposal relevant to a particular urban context dealing with a specific socio-spatial network. The module comprises a series of interconnected mapping and design exercises that are compiled in a coherent narrative and assessed through a portfolio document submitted at the end of semester during assessment weeks.