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MARC4001: Urban Architecture Research Studio (2014 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||MARC4001: Urban Architecture Research Studio (12 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning|
Dr Armstrong, Peter
|Session options:||Semester 1, Semester 2|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||The studio examines the role and agency of architecture in the urban context - interrogating the internal and external parameters that act on the design process at incremental urban scales and intensities and engaging with the societal, financial, legislative and managerial frameworks that shape urban development, The studio will prompt students to develop critical positions in regard to urban issues and to extend and explore those positions through the architectural design process.
MARC4001 Urban Architecture Research Studio, MARC4002 Sustainable Architecture Research Studio and MARC4003 Digital Architecture Research Studio are all available in both semesters 1 and 2. Students may enrol or pre-enrol freely, but some will be asked to swap to create equal groups. After three semesters each student will have done each of the studios. The studios examine the relationships between architecture and urbanism; architecture and sustainability; and architecture and digital design. Each is based around one or more design projects which address a specialised area of study, supported by lectures and seminars which introduce the relevant theory, knowledge and design precedents. Studios require the investigation of key technical issues and systems, and their innovative integration in the design, with the preparation of appropriate contract documents. On the successful completion of these units, students will have demonstrated: an ability to formulate, interpret and communicate appropriate concepts derived from the study of brief and site; an ability to extend those starting points into a working design proposal; an ability to develop the design proposal in response to critique, and produce a building design which demonstrably embodies understanding of the principles associated with the specialised study area; an ability to communicate the design ideas effectively through appropriate graphic and three-dimensional means using architectural conventions; and an ability to cohesively design and execute a comprehensive presentation of the project. These units are core to the Master of Architecture.
|Additional Notes:||This studio cannot be taken in the same semester as MARC4002 or MARC4003. Students may incur materials costs in this unit.|
|Tutor/s:||Andrew Burns, Rachel Couper & Ivana Kuzmanovska|
|T&L Activities:||Lectures: Lecture and studio contact (technical consultants and demonstrations as required), plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum student commitment averaging 18 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|
|Students will independently research architectural and urban issues relating to the project. They will critically analyse the information gathered and strategically integrate it into an architectural project.||Information, literacy, learning and research skills|
|Students will appropriately relate their design to its context, with an emphasis placed on the project`s urban role. Particular consideration will be given to the planning context for the project.||Technical skills and knowledge (Level 4)|
|Students will use a variety of media to: elucidate their project for academic, professional and community audiences; communicate their process and methodology; and document their project to a convincing level of resolution.||Documentation, techniques of representation and communication|
|Students will resolve complex design situations to a high level of detail and technical resolution.||Problem-solving, design, and/or planning (Level 4)|
|Students will take into account historical, social, cultural and ethical considerations and their future implications. They will appropriately design their project to engage with broader societal aspirations for urban form.||Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 4)|
|Students will consult with a range of professionals, community groups and consultants, and be able to present and critically integrate feedback into their projects to achieve environmental and social sustainability.||Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics|
|Students will understand the planning, development and construction process, their roles as architects and be able to collaborate with other built environment professionals.||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
|Assessment Description:||Portfolio (100%)|
|Assessment Feedback:||Students are presented with weekly verbal feedback, and at the conclusion of each review stage are provided with detailed written feedback|
|Policies & Procedures:||www.arch.usyd.edu.au/CS/forms.shtml|
|Online Course Content:||http://learn-on-line.ce.usyd.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
|STUVAC (Week 14)||Assessment Due: Portfolio|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
|Master of Architecture||2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Information, literacy, learning and research skills||Yes||15%|
|Technical skills and knowledge (Level 4)||Yes||15%|
|Documentation, techniques of representation and communication||Yes||10%|
|Problem-solving, design, and/or planning (Level 4)||Yes||35%|
|Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 4)||Yes||15%|
|Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics||Yes||5%|
|Professionalism: Collaboration and practice||Yes||5%|
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.