BDES2012: Architectural Communications 2 (2014 - Semester 1)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: BDES2012: Architectural Communications 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Reinhardt, Dagmar
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: BDES1012.
Co-Requisites: BDES2010, BDES2013
Prohibitions: DESA2001.
Brief Handbook Description: Architectural Communications 2 particularly explores the roles that digital technology can play in contemporary architectural communication. It revisits graphic representation, modelling and verbal and written communication through the lens of computer-aided operations. This unit of study equips students with skills in digital drafting and modelling, texture mapping, lighting, rendering and digital fabrication, and encourages their creative deployment in an iterative design project for a simple specific building typology Students are asked to develop a clear understanding of their chosen typology and represent it through a range of media in order to create an archive of their own analysis of its concepts and expressions. Communications 2 is divided into both guided lab and studio sessions. The lab sessions deploy a variety of analogue techniques and move towards digital design in order to better understand the typology's experimental qualities including scale, proportion, texture and materiality.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Tutor/s: Christopher Bickerton
Timetable: BDES2012 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Studio 4.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 10.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: Lecture, computer laboratory and studio contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.

Practical Work:

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
Students will develop their technical knowledge along with their skills at representation of architectural details. Technical skills and knowledge
Students develop representation skills in 2D and 3D media. Documentation, techniques of representation and communication (Level 2)
Students will coordinate a series of documents of a project. Problem-solving, design, and/or planning

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.

Documentation, techniques of representation and communication (Level 2)
1. An understanding of the growing theory of representation, the importance of effective communication, and how communication is integrally tied to methods and outcomes
2. Ability to utilize graphic and digital model making skills, to effect action and communicate through the exploration, development and definition of ideas
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 Yes 50.00 Week 8 1, 2,
2 Assignment 2 Yes 30.00 Week 12 1, 2,
Assessment Description: Assignments (70%), Portfolio (30%)
Assessment Feedback: Students are presented with weekly verbal feedback, 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 (High Distinction), D (Distinction), CR (Credit), P (Pass) and F (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: www.arch.usyd.edu.au/CS/forms.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: Introduction to Architectural Communications 2
Lab: Illustrator & Photoshop
Studio: Students will be provided with a list of pavilions. Students will be expected to choose a pavilion and develop sketches and diagrams outlining key elements and characteristics of the pavilion for the following week.
Week 2 Studio: From examples collated students will present sketches and diagrams of their chosen pavilion.

- 3 Sketches (A4 colour printed)

- 3 Diagrams (A4 colour printed)
Lecture: Visioning - Seeing, Understanding, Recording
Lab: Diagramming and mapping in Illustrator, Indesign + Photoshop
Week 3 Lab: AutoCAD drafting
Lecture: Shaping Worlds - Drawing, Mapping, Thinking – The plan, The section (D Reinhardt)
Studio: Students will be asked to show their further developed diagrams adjusted to include one or several of the conceptual drivers from, but not limited to the list provided.

- 6 Diagrams (A4 colour printed)
Week 4 Lab: AutoCAD drafting
Lecture: Architectural Design Models - Processes in contemporary design
Studio: 1st iteration of a physical model made using white card which encompasses the chosen conceptual drivers.

An A5 document of 10 sides will be submitted collating the previous diagrams and images of the physical model. An Indesign template for this will be provided.

- 1st iteration of physical model

- A5 PDF document submitted electronically to elearning by midnight 30th March
Week 5 Lab: Rhino 3D Basics
Lecture: Adventures in 3D
Studio: 2nd iteration of the pavilion which encompasses the conceptual driver which will be a development of the 1st iteration model. The scale of the model depends on what is being investigated.

- 2nd iteration of the model (card)

- 4 well shot and composed images of the model (A4 colour printed)

- A5 draft document printed for discussion
Week 6 Studio: Develop 3rd iteration of the pavilion which encompasses the conceptual driver which will be a development of the 2nd iteration. The scale of the model depends on what is being investigated.

-3rd iteration of the model (card)

- 2 well shot and composed images of the model (A4 colour printed)

- 2 diagrams explaining 3rd iteration
Lab: Rhino 3D Intermediate
Lecture: Urban Future Organization -This is what we do
Week 7 Lecture: From Design to Site (D Reinhardt)
Lab: Rhino 3D Intermediate
Studio: Develop 4th iteration of the pavilion which encompasses the conceptual driver which will be a development of the 3rd iteration. The scale of the model depends on what is being investigated.

- 4th iteration of the model (card)

- 2 well shot and composed images of the model (A4 colour printed)

- 2 diagrams explaining 4th iteration with Illustrator diagram overlay (A4 colour printed)

- 2 images of all models together demonstrating iterative process (A4 colour printed)
Week 8 Studio: Develop 3D Rhino model of the 4th iteration of the physical model. An A5 document of 10 sides will be submitted collating the previous diagrams and images of physical models 1 – 4 and the 3D model. An Indesign template for this will be provided.

- 4 screen captures of the 3D model (A4 colour printed)

- A5 PDF document submitted electronically to elearning by midnight 4th May
Lecture: A Conversation on Rendering -Behind the virtual world
Lab: Rhino Advanced + Basic Rhino Render
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 9 Studio: Develop 2nd iteration of 3D model which will be a development of the 1st iteration of the 3D model.

- 4 images that explain the project clearly (A4 colour printed)

- A5 draft document printed for discussion
Lecture: Paper Architecture - The book, The Magazine
Lab: Rhino Advanced + Rhino Render + Transfer to Illustrator + Photoshop
Week 10 Lab: Rhino Advanced + Maxwell
Studio: Develop 3rd iteration of 3D model which will be a development of the 2nd iteration of the 3D model.

- 4 Images that explain the project clearly which include a diagram overlay in Illustrator (A4 colour printed)
Lecture: Digital Fabrication (L Fathalla)
Week 11 Studio: Develop final physical model which represents the 3rd iteration of the 3D model. Scale + material TBC.

- Draft copy of final A5 document

- Evidence of final physical model under construction
Lecture: Generative Design
Lab: Presentation + Portfolios – Rhino + Illustrator + Indesign
Week 12 Studio: Complete and hand in final A5 document and final physical model.

- 10am – 11am portfolio hand in to studio 1st June

- A5 formatted document 40 sides (20 A4 colour pages) - internal layout details TBC

- Final Physical Model – material and scale TBC

- Electronically Submitted to Elearning –Indesign File (Packaged), PDF of A5 document, Final Rhino Model
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 13 Lecture: Preview to Architectural Communication 3
Studio: Written + Oral feedback to students + letter grades

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
Technical skills and knowledge Yes 0%
Documentation, techniques of representation and communication (Level 2) Yes 80%
Problem-solving, design, and/or planning Yes 0%

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.