University of Technology Sydney

11227 Architectural Design: Performance

6cp; 4hpw (1 x 3hrs tutorial, 1 x 1 hr lecture)
Requisite(s): 11211 Architectural Design: Forming AND 11209 Architectural Design: Making



The architectural design studio provides the creative framework for students to explore how a diverse set of performative criteria and constraints inform a design inquiry. Through the project brief, students learn to balance urban, environmental, social and programmatic strategies with the technical and material parameters of an architectural project.

This subject introduces students to the concepts of type, typology, spatial organisation and scale. Abstract and analytical thinking processes are essential in order to engage in a critical and iterative design process. Students apply both qualitative and quantitative design methods in the formation of an architectural project. There is a strong emphasis on the formation of an architectural position or claim within this process. Students develop a theoretical positioning and use it as a catalyst to design a speculative architectural project for a specific spatial typology and site. Students are required to apply the best means of representation to communicate the translation between concept, theory and design.

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Spring session, City campus

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