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MARC4102: Modern Architectural Theory (2014 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||MARC4102: Modern Architectural Theory (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning|
Assoc Prof Smith, Chris L.
|Session options:||Semester 2|
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|Prohibitions:||ARCH6104, ARCH9048, ARCH9049|
|Brief Handbook Description:||The objective of the Modern Architectural Theory unit is to equip students with a critical understanding of key Western architectural theories from the Enlightenment to the present. Emphasis is placed on the specific historical situations and cultural and philosophical contexts in which those theories arose, and ultimately how they were represented within the domain of architectural embodiment. It is organized predominantly as a chronological survey which clearly identifies particular trains of thought in their continuity and transformation throughout history. Students will become generally conversant in the principles of central theories, and will understand their terms and references. Through readings, lectures, and tutorial sessions, students will acquire the literacy required to perceive and articulate contemporary theoretical standpoints, and will refine their research and writing skills through independent research into a particular aspect of recent architectural theory and history related to their concurrent studio design project. Close attention will be paid to the exchange between practice and theory and the relevance of the discussed theories to the formation of current circumstances, and to the place of architecture within contemporary culture as a whole.|
|T&L Activities:||Lectures: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total 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|
|Students are taught to engage in independent and critical thinking, as well as encouraged to develop sophisticated research and skills in scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.||Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 4)|
|History and Theory is the primary area of focus in this unit of study, which aims at developing critical skills through the study and analysis of central texts that are representative of an architectural and cultural theory.||Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 4)|
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 (Level 4)
|Assessment Description:||Assignment 1 (30%); Assignment 2 (10%); Essay (60%)|
|Assessment Feedback:||Feedback on presentations and weekly tutorial proformas occur during tutorials. Written feedback is provided on a final grading/feedback summary sheet.|
|Policies & Procedures:||www.arch.usyd.edu.au/CS/forms.shtml|
|Online Course Content:||
Plato, The Apology of Socrates
Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Lebbeus Woods, Radical Reconstruction
Lebbeus Woods, Thoughts on Architecture of Resistance. (online text)
Lebbeus Woods, Anarchitecture
Foucault, Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison
Evans, “A Way of Obtaining Power” in The Fabrication of Virtue: English Prison Architecture, 1750-1840
Koolhaas, “Exodus”, in SMLXL
Koolhaas, ”Generic City”, in SMLXL
Koolhaas, Delirious New York
Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí
Koolhaas, ‘Junk Space’ in Content
Many of these texts are online: either public domain, or via the Library`s website:
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 7||Assessment Due: Aphorism|
|Week 11||Assessment Due: Aphorism|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Essay|
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 (Level 4)||Yes||51.6%|
|Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 4)||Yes||48.4%|
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.