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ARC2009 : ARC2009: Architectural Technology 2.1: Construction in Detail

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Hacker
  • Lecturer: Dr Ben Bridgens
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The main aims throughout the lecture series are:
* To demonstrate the relevance and impact of building technologies and constructional methods in relation to both the natural and the man-made environment and to encourage each student to adopt an appropriate personal response
* To examine the extent to which ‘detail’ and ‘structural’ design can convey and complement a wider architectural intent
* To emphasise the importance of junctions and the process of assembly - the bringing of elements and materials together will be examined, not just in a constructional sense, but with a focus on tectonic intent
* To reinforce previously learned structural principles and increase the understanding of structural orders together with structural assembly processes and sequences
* To introduce and provide an overview to relevant legislation, codes of practice and issues surrounding health and safety – and to set the context for their role in terms of a buildings design, construction and use
* To develop an awareness of sustainability within the built environment

The module builds on the foundations established in Stage 1 and seeks to directly complement the on-going Stage 2 Studio projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

Technology Generally:
Both as it relates to other fields and areas of design and assembly, but also an examination of architecturally related technology – the module includes a brief historical examination and considers emerging trends and developments.
Tectonic Intent:
Repeated reference will be made to the importance of tectonics – the bringing together of materials and forms in a way that heightens and validates a broader architectural concept or idea. This includes various case studies.

Junctions and Details:
Linked to tectonics, this includes the discussion and study of specific constructional details – how materials are brought together, with an emphasis on practical aspects and how this is commonly achieved.
Constructional Systems - Options and Implications:
This forms the major focus of the module. Various systems are studied, with a view to presenting the factors that can influence their choice and use.
Environmental Design:
The intent is to demonstrate the inevitable links between Technology (tectonics, details and constructional systems) and Environmental Design, rather than consider the subject in detail (it is explicitly covered in ARC2010).
Structural Design:
Several lectures focus on the study of structural principles, based around the current studio projects being undertaken at the time.
Communication for Construction:
Consideration is given to Architectural Construction Documentation: Drawings – types and purpose, Specifications and Schedules.
Legislation and Standards in Technology:
A brief overview of current UK Building Regulations – with a particular focus on Approved Documents of relevance to the on-going studio project.

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 materials450:2015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion415:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities450:2015:00Weekly lecture topics
Guided Independent StudySkills practice61:006:00Digital modelling skills and construction information gathering exercises, in support of the coursew
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:204:00Workshops in support of the portfolio coursework assessment.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion90:406:00non-synchronous lecture/research Q&A sessions (1/ week of ‘lecture delivery’), run over a day on Can
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:2014:00Open’ online meeting allowing drop-in for Post-Induction, Pre-Assessment and Post-Assessment questio
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity91:009:00Workshop prep
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study163:4063:40N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk110:407:20Weekly signposting talks + general Q&A’s (recorded and fed-back via Canvas discussion-board etc).
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC2001Architectural Design 2.1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning Outcome related Teaching is delivered primarily by means of Structured Guided Learning, although some Scheduled Learning and Teaching takes place in order to provide some weekly and semester-long ‘structure’, with the weekly Signposting Talks/Q&A Sessions playing a key role in helping students both navigate the module and contextualise their learning within the wider programme. A small number of workshop sessions are timetabled in support of the coursework assessment with students also taking part in small group preparatory sessions that will be structured to encourage regular peer learning and review. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake personal research, often directly relevant to their on-going ARC2001 studio projects, with which this module has an especially strong relationship. A number of open on-line surgeries and discussion board Q&A sessions are provided to encourage questions and feedback from as wide a student audience as possible.

‘Present in person’ provision:
This is 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
Case study2M25An illustrated report, focussing on the relationship between design and technology and the application of the UK Building Regulation
Case study1M75An illustrative report, focussing on detailed construction and design
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the light of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the 100% coursework assessment allows a strong linkage between technology understanding and the personally developed design work in the studio. The Semester 1 assessment is a portfolio submission, with students submitting sections at points throughout Semester 1.

Reading Lists