ARC8116 : Architecture and Cities specialist studio (Inactive)


Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


Students produce architectural/urban design schemes of increasing scale and complexity for specific locations within a City Centre to be determined each year. Architecture as an urban element is emphasised, including concentration on the relation between exterior and interior spaces as modulating interactions between public, semi-public, and private realms; ranging from settings where control is least evident to where it is much more intense. A key focus of the semester is the role that public space and buildings can play in articulating notions of identity, community, and culture more generally.

The aims of the module are:

•To examine architecture and urban design issues within a broader cultural context in contemporary cities.
•To define areas of identity in the urban environment, and to interpret their meanings for diverse inhabitants.
•To make proposals for new buildings and public spaces intended to strengthen the civic identity and social space of city where the project is located.
•To demonstrate a related awareness, knowledge and understanding of the experiential and tectonic qualities of architecture.
• To evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is taught through a series of projects, with weekly individual/group tutorials and regular design reviews.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching28:0016:00Design reviews – synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching98:0072:00Individual design tutorials – present in person
Guided Independent StudyProject work1306:00306:00Independent development of design project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Project site visit in Newcastle - present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Module introduction – synchronous online. A recording of the talk will be provided to those not able
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design studio is the integrative environment where students synthesize knowledge from other modules and develop their understanding and skills in the context of a design problem set by tutors. Students are supported in their learning through briefings, lectures, group tutorials and critical reviews. Tutorials and reviews are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress.

If the public health situation makes present in person teaching impossible, design tutorials, reviews, and the module introduction will all be taught online.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The development of design skills is assessed through the traditional method of critical review, where students give a visual and oral presentation of their work to an audience of tutors and peers. The work is discussed and the tutors assess the work against the criteria set out in the project brief. These marks are moderated by another tutor or tutors. Feedback is given orally during the review and as a set of written comments later.

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