BDES2010: Architecture Studio 201 (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BDES2010: Architecture Studio 201 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ferng, Jennifer
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: BDES1020 OR DESA1002.
Co-Requisites: BDES2012, BDES2013
Prohibitions: DESA2001.
Brief Handbook Description: Architecture Studio 201 in combination with Architectural Communications 2 requires the design of a small scale building in an urban context. The design process that is fostered explores the creative tension between intuition and prescription, using accumulative techniques that are intended to elicit unexpected solutions. The Exploration of various design techniques of digital drawing, modelling and making are promoted, and combined with the effort in sourcing materials and support, using a combination of multiple tools and machinery in the ATSC workshops. Students are required to sensitively and imaginatively negotiate between the internal logic of the design approach and urban strategies. They become increasingly attentive to the complexities of architectural design, from the interpretation of programmatic requirements in respect to the opportunities and limitations of particular site conditions to the spatial implications of design decisions.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Tutor/s: Andrew Benn, Nikolina Bobic, Thomas Stromberg, Sarah Breen Lovett, Rachel Couper, Jesse Thomas, Ivana Kuzmanovska, Matthew Austin, Hugo Raggett, Oliver Hessian
Timetable: BDES2010 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Studio 6.00 1 7
2 Lecture 2.00 1 7
3 Independent Study 9.00 13
T&L Activities: Classes: Lecture, Labs and studio contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
To explore the urban landscape and its relation to architecture. To demonstrate an understanding of the urban landscape and its enfolding and unfolding through the design process and in the proposed architectures. Information, literacy, learning and research skills
To demonstrate experimentation and integration of architectural technologies, tectonics and materiality Technical skills and knowledge
To demonstrate an ability in using digital techniques, visual, verbal and written communication methods and skills, and appropriate media to test, appraise and represent ideas and designs Documentation, techniques of representation and communication
To use conceptual notions as a basis to engage experimentally with architecture. To deal with an urban space as a performance, as a productive force, in a complex and questioning manner. To demonstrate an ability to express the socio/ political/ cultural/ architectural/ aesthetic reference points that inform the design work and to which the design work relates. Problem-solving, design, and/or planning (Level 2)
To investigate the language of an architectural style through critique. Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement
To engage a personal ethical framework and philosophy as a basis for complex decision making processes. Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics
To engage with critical thinking through group-working; (including) preparation and contribution to tutorials and presentations. Professionalism: Collaboration and practice

For explanation of attributes and levels see Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. .

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Information, literacy, learning and research skills
1. To explore the urban landscape and its relation to major architectures.
Technical skills and knowledge
2. architectural strategies of integration that allow you to deal constructively with multiple criteria that influence design: An ability to recognise the interdependence of the knowledges, ideas and techniques that constitute the architectural project and to integrate them in a moderately complex architectural design.
3. the experimentation and integration of architectural technologies, tectonics and materiality.
Documentation, techniques of representation and communication
4. an ability in using visual, verbal and written communication methods and skills, and appropriate media to test, appraise and represent ideas and designs.
Problem-solving, design, and/or planning (Level 2)
5. An ability to express the socio/ political/ cultural/ architectural/ aesthetic reference points that inform the design work and to which the design work relates.
6. an understanding of the urban landscape and its enfolding and unfolding through the design process and in the proposed architectures
Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement
7. To investigate the language of an architectural style through critique.
Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics
8. Demonstrating a personal ethical framework and philosophy as a basis for complex decision making processes.
Professionalism: Collaboration and practice
9. To engage with critical thinking through group-working; (including) preparation and contribution to tutorials and presentations..
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Communication No 40.00 Week 7 1, 4, 7, 9,
2 Design Proposal No 40.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Portfolio No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Assessment 1: Communication Tasks 1-3 + Rhino test (week 7): 40%

Assessment 2: Design Project Task 4 (week 8-12): 40 %

Assessment 3: Portfolio Task 1-4 (week 13): 20%
Assessment Feedback: Students are presented with regular verbal feedback on the tasks, and at the conclusion of the semester are provided with detailed written feedback
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/current_students/formsPolicies.shtml
Online Course Content: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: INTRODUCTION
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: COMMUNICATION
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: COMMUNICATION
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: COMMUNICATION
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: COMMUNICATION
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: COMMUNICATION
Week 7 Assessment Due: COMMUNICATION: Task 1-3 + Rhino Test (40%)
Assessment Due: Communication
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Theme: DESIGN
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: DESIGN
Week 10 Studio: INTERIM PRESENTATION: Design Proposal
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: 10 - 11 Studio

11 – 01 Lecture

02 – 06 Studio / Labs
Lecture: Theme: DESIGN
Week 12 Assessment Due: Design Proposal
Week 13 Assessment Due: Portfolio

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Bachelor of Laws 2013
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Information, literacy, learning and research skills Yes 16%
Technical skills and knowledge Yes 18%
Documentation, techniques of representation and communication Yes 6%
Problem-solving, design, and/or planning (Level 2) Yes 21%
Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement Yes 19%
Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics Yes 11%
Professionalism: Collaboration and practice Yes 9%

These goals are selected from Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.