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Module

ARC1013 : Architectural Technology 1.1: Explorations in Making Architecture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Daniel Mallo
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This introductory level course explores the boundaries of the profession through introducing the creative possibilities and technical challenges involved in the design and production of buildings and spaces of a diverse nature.

Drawing on staff experience and preoccupations, the lectures which are delivered in a case study format, introduce divergent approaches and drivers to thinking, shaping and making buildings.

The course provides an insight into how different architects engage with the making of architecture, elaborating on a range of projects that show how the process of making, from concept to building unfolds.

Outline Of Syllabus

A series of recorded lectures (non-synchronous) provided by staff from across the School that cover diverse approaches to conceptualizing and making buildings and spaces.

Case studies are structured around a number of thematic areas and cover; context, theory, concept, design development and technical resolution.

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 materials121:2016:00Recorded lectures in blocks of 20 minutes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion134:1534:15Essay preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00Reading and gathering material in preparation for the essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Zoom Seminars / Review of draft essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Zoom Q&A session (essay preparation)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Independent research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk70:151:45Zoom week-by-week overview of lecture materials and other teaching activities.
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of a-synchronous lectures which establish a framework for learning. Students are encouraged to undertake independent research within an area of personal interest drawing from material introduced in lectures in the formulation of the essay topic. The students’ learning is supported by synchronous activities such as short module talks, 1 surgery and 1-hour tutorial delivered in a seminar format.
Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘Present in Person days’.
Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Architectural Design modules. The latter 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 Architectural Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’

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
Essay1M100Coursework focusing on an area of personal investigation written up as a 1500 word critically argued and illustrated essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 100% coursework assessment allows students to tailor their assignment around an individual appreciation of an area of architectural thought, a specific building or architect that is of personal interest and to do so within the broad context of architectural making and technology

Reading Lists

Timetable