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APL2015 : Relational Mapping, Design and Representation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Armelle Tardiveau
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


The module builds on the knowledge and skills introduced in ARC1007 (Architectural Design) module. Students will develop explorative, cognitive, creative representational skills and techniques through a project that will encompass components including:

- representing the research and narrative of an urban area using a variety of mapping techniques
- articulating / organising the ‘infrastructure of a site’ with a key focus on green / blue infrastructure
- designing a small scale intervention.

The aims of the module is
1 - to introduce a relational approach to space that enables an understanding of place from a variety of social practices.
2 - to articulate a design brief that emerges from the mapping of social practices, 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.
4 - to consolidate and improve representational skills introduced in Stage 1 and introduce basic to advanced computing skills in the context of mapping, urban design and architectural 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 consider sustainable principles for a small architectural intervention.
8 - to engage with academic and professional practitioners through the supporting design lecture series.

This module engages students in mapping as visual research underpins the narrative of a designated area, a method that allows to explore and understand the dynamics of urban sites. Representational skills acquired in first year will be consolidated, mapping techniques will be introduced to inform the understanding of an area. Mapping drawing help bring to the fore assets of an area and identify consideration for the future.

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 mapping approaches to space taking into account social practices and revealing the potentialities of the built environment. The project intends to articulate a neighbourhood scale urban design brief and include a small scale architectural intervention.

They will work for the a large part of the project individually however the mapping exercise is achieved through group work, so that students capitalise on each other’s skills and understanding the social and spatial context which they analyse and interpret. The module requires students to develop a self-reflective approach the way research, mapping and design are represented and are expected to document their learning process. Integrated representation workshops through the semester also consolidate representational techniques introduced in Stage 1 and introduce new representational techniques.

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, including relational practice and mapping as visual tool to ‘make visible the invisible’ aspects of the built environment and allow speculative urban visions relevant to everyday practice observed which response is embedded in a climate a.

The module prepares for APL2006. Students are provided with the opportunity to create meaningful places for people that engage with a considered climate response.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Design lectures & weekly briefings to support project briefs or widen design approach or themes PIP
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) PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Design reviews (Presenting work and attending other student's reviews) PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Intensive 2 week mapping charrette workshop to stimulate group work and collective site reading. PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops33:009:00Digital representation workshops. Skill building workshops. PIP
Guided Independent StudyProject work1243:00243:00Design project development.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Site visit. PIP
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity88:0064:00Reflective design and representation diary.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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 design tutorials and briefings Design pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Should the public health situation not allow for present in person teaching, the lectures will be delivered in an online format and the module will revert to the 2020/21 outline.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Illustrated essay reflecting critically on the design proposal and representation methods chosen
Portfolio1A80A3 physical and digital portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module enables students to increase transferable skills such as mapping, designing at neighbourhood and architectural scale and representing spatial proposal relevant to a particular urban context dealing with a specific socio-spatial network and taking climate challenges into account. 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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