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ARC8069 : Housing Alternatives (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

•To develop an understanding and the ability to evaluate change in physical, economic and social environments in the context of inner city brownfield sites.
•To improve the understanding of the nature and processes of urban residential development and design
•To appreciate and incorporate principles of sustainable development into the design of new and existing existing residential/mixed areas
•To understand the masterplanning process and the use of design codes

The project is studio based and kicks off with a site visit for students to familiarise themselves with the site/s (there may be a choice of site). Also often involves visits to case study schemes. Thereafter it is structured around a series of interim presentations, taking students through the design process of site analysis, concept development, and options, to finalised masterplan, detail area and elements of a and development of design code. Students present in boards and/or PowerPoint. In the interim weeks students attend individual tutorials, alternating between the tutors. The project is also supported by a series of short lectures on topics relevant to different aspects of neighbourhood design and process.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1 – Introduction; Mini-Lecture; tutorials
Week 2 – Mini lectures and tutorials

Week 3 - Initial Urban Design and Townscape Analysis / In pairs - 1st Interim Presentation; case study presentation; Mini lecture
Week 4 - European Study Visit – no class (week abroad as part of ARC8065)
Week 5 – Field Trip to case studies

Week 6 – Mini lecture and tutorials

Week 7 – Tutorials

Week 8 – Development Appraisal workshop and tutorials

Week 9: Second interim crit / group and individual component

Easter Vacation
Week 10 – Parallel tutorials to include house types and development appraisal

Week 11 - Parallel tutorials to include house types and development appraisal

Week 12 - Final Presentation of masterplan and individual themes

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Small group workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching73:0021:00Group tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching34:0012:00Crits/reviews
Guided Independent StudyProject work1344:00344:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00Fieldtrips
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The project is based around a series of studio based tutorials which guide students in the development of their urban design skills. A number of interim presentations which are summatively assessed help students reach milestones in the project and also obtain comprehensive feedback from experts. Learning is also assisted by appropriate literature, field trip (experiential) and the development of reflexivity through the blog activities.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M90Summative assessment of interim and final presentations aggregated
Computer assessment2M10Blog - 4 posts and 4 comments minimum, one of the posts directed in topic. Core component.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The breakdown of assessment in stages reflects the real stages of a project, retains the students’ motivation and helps them with milestones, whilst providing them with more opportunities to develop confidence and sharpen their graphic skills, presentation skills and working to deadlines. Some of the tasks are only formatively assessed. Peer assessment develops their critical faculty and allows them to learn experientially through owning part of their assessment experience.
The blog offers a different opportunity to engage with learning in the form of research and writting skills.

The blog assessment is a core component of the module. Should a student fail the blog component at the first attempt, they have the right to resit to pass the module but not improve on the module mark.

Group work will be marked in accordance with the Group Work Policy.

This module will be subject to Peer Review.

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