APL2002 : Alternative practice: European Fieldtrip. (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop a more detailed understanding of alternative practice (in architecture and planning) and alternative architecture and planning approaches to issues in the EU with a specific focus on one country.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module offers a comparative exploration of alternative architectural and planning practices in another EU country. It will allow students to become familiar with alternative practices (in terms of planning and architecture) within another country and allows students to critically reflect on the alternative practices (and mainstream architectural and planning practices) that are available in the UK.
Furthermore, given the differences in architectural history and planning systems in the EU country in question, the module will also allow students to understand the different social, economic, cultural and political situations that alternative practitioners face. The main focus of the module is a fieldtrip (likely to be the Netherlands) but the course also includes 5 workshops ahead of the fieldtrip, and 2 follow up sessions on our return.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00Workshops to prepare student in EU alternative practice issues
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork140:0040:00Amsterdam – Netherlands.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The workshops will unpack key issues around alt practice in an EU country (likely to be the Netherlands) before the commencement of a fieldtrip which will involve a great deal of independent and guided study. On return to Newcastle, 2 more workshops will be made available to reflect on what was learnt and digested on the trip. The workshops and the fieldtrip feed into the learning outcomes of the course because:

1)The workshops will draw out key alt. practice themes in the EU country in question
2)The actual fieldtrip itself (and the visits to alt practice sites) will allow students to experience alternative practice first hand.
3)Both the workshops and the fieldtrip will allow students to understand how alternative practices differs between the UK and the EU country in question (most likely the Netherlands).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A100Individually students will choose a form of media to create a visual investigation of an aspect of alt practice on the fieldtrip.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Working individually students will choose a form of media to create a visual investigation of an aspect of alternative practice on the European fieldtrip. The form of media the student wishes to work with will also contain reflection on how students might take their alternative practice idea forward in relation to a theme in planning or architecture. and on how such practice can be visually communicated / represented. The students will be expected to present their work to staff members on the course in a design-crit space.

Of multi-media used for the investigation, students might utilise sketch books, films, photographic blogs, posters and/or display boards.

The assignment for this course is based on a visual investigation of an area of alternative practice in conjunction with a European Fieldtrip. The rationale for this assessment is based fundamentally on the nature of the AUP course itself which aims to foster strong design skills and to develop an ability to communicate and represent ideas and processes visually. In this regard, the choice of a multimedia assessment rather than an essay alone, will allow students to expand upon their visual design skills (as well as their written skills). Finally having produced a visual investigation students will be expected to present their work orally in the form of a design crit/review.

Reading Lists