BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (2013 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning|
Dr Ferng, Jennifer
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|Pre-Requisites:||BDES2021 OR DESA2111.|
|Brief Handbook Description:||Architectural History/Theory 3 surveys contemporary architectural discourse through the study and analysis of central texts and architectural sources. Architectural discourse will be understood as a wide array of interlocking 'regimes of thought', each of which has its own multiple histories, transformations and unique effects. Students will become generally conversant in the principles of these central theories, and will understand some of their terms and references. They will explore the way that theory is produced and deployed at every level of architectural discourse from the seemingly casual discussions in the design studio to formal written arguments. Paying close attention to the exchange between thought and action, they will explore the relevance of the discussed theories to the formation of current circumstances, and to the place of architecture within contemporary culture as a whole. Students take responsibility for their own learning, engaging in continuous reflection and developing skills in oral, written, and visual forms of communication to critique, create and articulate knowledge. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.|
Dr Ferng, Jennifer
|Tutor/s:||Farzaneh Haghighi, Dr Ursa Komac|
|T&L Activities:||Lectures: Lecture 2 hr/wk
Tutorial 1 hr/wk
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|
|Apply research skills and critically review one`s own research in preparing an essay and use academic referencing.||Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 3)|
|Survey of architectural discourse and theory.||Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 3)|
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 3)
Assignment #1 (10%) due on 22 March: write a brief Op-Ed introduction (to be published in popular press) arguing what is significant about the state of contemporary architecture. Base your scope on readings assigned for weeks 2 and 3. For example, see Sylvia Lavin’s “Vanishing Point: The Contemporary Pavilion” in Artforum October 2012. Word length: 400 words.
Assignment #2 (10%) due on 26 April: write a lexicon entry about a key term of postcolonialism that revises its definition. Base your scope on the readings assigned for weeks 4 and 5. Word length: 400 words. To be completed as a team project with Tawa’s BDES3010. More info will be distributed.
Assignment #3 (15%) due on 17 May: select one quotation from any of the readings from weeks 6 and 7 for an architecture installation. What is important is how to contextualize the quotation with an introduction to the citation itself. See exhibitions such as Clip, Stamp, Fold. Word length: 500 words.
Assignment #4 (10%) due on 24 May: abstract and annotated bibliography for research paper. Abstract should be a total of 400 words and the bibliography should contain at least 15 pertinent sources.
Assignment #5 (50%) due on 21 June: research paper on contemporary building in relation to a theoretical lens discussed in class. Paper should be 10 pages in length. Text is to be completed as part of Tawa’s BDES3010 studio book. More info will be distributed.
Tutorial participation (5%): At tutors’ discretion based on student performance in class.
|Policies & Procedures:||http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/current_students/formsPolicies.shtml|
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
|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 1||Lecture: Introduction|
|Week 2||Lecture: Contemporary or contemporaneity?|
|Week 3||Lecture: The art and architecture complex|
|Assessment Due: Brief Op-Ed introduction|
|Week 4||Lecture: Monuments|
|Week 5||Lecture: Global architecture|
|Week 6||Lecture: Beyond postcolonialism|
|Week 7||Lecture: Regionalism against internationalism|
|Assessment Due: Lexicon entry|
|Week 8||Lecture: Activism and agency in the public sphere|
|Week 9||Lecture: Sustainability a.k.a. green design|
|Week 10||Lecture: Digital techne|
|Assessment Due: Assignment 3|
|Week 11||Lecture: Sovereignty and design policy|
|Assessment Due: Abstract and Annotated Bibliography|
|Week 12||Lecture: Multitude, or the rebirth of collective intelligence|
|Week 13||Independent Work on Research Papers|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Research Paper|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
|Bachelor of Design in Architecture||2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Bachelor of Laws||2013|
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 3)||Yes||34.4%|
|Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 3)||Yes||62.8%|
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.