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Module

APL2015 : Relational Mapping, Design and Representation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sarah Stead
  • Lecturer: Professor Prue Chiles
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

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 an understanding of user involvement in design with a focus on their everyday built environment.
2 - to introduce a relational approach to space that enables an understanding of place from a variety of social practices.
3 - to articulate a design brief that emerges from the mapping of social practices and reveals the potentialities of the built environment and catalyses change.
3 - to unfold potential and allow creative and multi-scalar thinking through drawing and mapping such social practices
5 - to consolidate and improve representational skills introduced in Stage 1 and introduce basic to advanced computing skills in the context of mapping and design.
6 - to develop explorative, cognitive and creative design skills via a design project at a variety of scales and increased complexity ranging from neighbourhood scale to detail scale.
7 - to design and technically resolve at a detail scale a small urban intervention capable of altering perception and use of the space.
8 – to engage with professional practitioners through the design lecture series

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 project provides opportunities to introduce relational approaches to space, engage in user involvement in design, test and improve the public realm through a refined and well-resolved small intervention aiming to catalyse change of the area. The module also consolidates representational techniques introduced in Stage 1 and introduces and integrates new representational techniques.

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 allow to intervene temporarily or test alternatives in the public realm relevant to everyday practice observed.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:4024:00Design lectures supporting the project briefs or widening the design approach or themes addressed in
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Design portfolio layout and compilation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching64:0024:00Design tutorials (Presenting work and attending other student's reviews) Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Design reviews (Presenting work and attending other student's reviews) Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:309:00Digital representation workshops Skill building workshops – Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyProject work1237:00237:00Design project development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Site visit On site and non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity88:0064:00Reflective design and representation diary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk180:206:00Weekly introduction to tasks / objectives and briefing + Q& A Synchronous online
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Design modules. This is a reflection of a) design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own research and creative work and b) student feedback and high student attendance at weekly online Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’ Design pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

PiP Hours: Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring, community building, personal tutoring and skill development.

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
Portfolio1A80A3 physical and digital portfolio
Essay1M20Illustrated essay reflecting critically on the design proposal and representation methods chosen
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 together with a critical reflection on the design proposal as well as the choice of representation techniques.

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