University of Technology Sydney

11404 Digital Architecture Project B

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject aims to critically explore the appropriation of digital techniques and technologies towards the creation of new architectures through design research and exploration. The subject establishes and reinforces the required core skills, and level of professionalism of the digital architecture course for new students, and serves to hone and extend skills for continuing students. Experimentation with computational processes and techniques for software and hardware that afford a new relationship to the built environment is an expectation, as is a level of design of the highest order. Students must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in design and computational techniques in order to pass this subject.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. instigate and conduct creative research in digital architecture at an advanced level
2. undertake creative and technical responsibility for development of design projects, including the ability to formulate and present such projects
3. undertake technical responsibility for development of design projects, including the ability to formulate and present such projects at a high professional level
4. develop improved collaborative skills by working as members of a design team
5. develop an advanced professional capacity in digital design technology and advanced design research, conceptualisation and production
6. develop critical skills in research and design strategies.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is delivered through up to 6 contact hours per week, this includes two weekly studio sessions, intensive work sessions, and group work. Forms of subject delivery and learning activities are to be determined in negotiation with the academic supervisor for the subject.

The subject will be divided into three projects. These are:

Project 1, AU09.01- a group research project conducted over a period of three weeks.

Project 2, AU09.02- an individual design research project conducted over a period of four weeks. And,

Project 3, AU09.03- a major group design project conducted over a period of approximately 7 weeks, which will include the preparation of public documents.

Whilst the focus will be different in each design project, all projects will incorporate elements of research, conceptual design, software analysis, and design development leading to a public review.

The final projects for project outcomes for AU09.01 and AU09.03 will be presented to a panel of invited jurors.

Students will have the opportunity to work as part of a research team in both research and design modes, however each student will be graded individually based on their individual performance within the team. This semester each student will be asked to capitalise on their strengths in design and architecture, to develop a highly individual response and core area of expertise within the group.

To accompany the studio, students are expected to read the provided readings that accompany the studio brief, attend all lectures in the public lecture series as well s any workshops or special events concerning MDA.

As a post-professional course, the expected level of performance within the MDA is very high: students should present all work at an appropriate professional level at all times in order to pass this course.

Content (topics)

Through a series of design research projects staged throughout the semester students will explore, through drawings, digital and analogue models, digital fabrication techniques and experimental research methods, a range of responses for process-based design. These research stages are sequential, with the first two research stages forming the foundation for the final design project brief.

The semester will be divided into two research design projects and a major group project. Each stage will be assessed through review presentations with the final requiring presentations in a public forum. Broadly the subject includes:

- Project 1, AU09.01- Design research into natural building systems, introduction to parametric modeling and issues of information handling, intro to the Maya modeling and rendering environments. Students will also learn to present strategy through developing diagrammatic models, and learn and demonstrate design research methods and outcomes. This assignment will be group work.

- Project 2, AU09.02- (Individual) Design research into a single in-depth building system demonstrating technical and critical design strategies. Individually, students will be introduced to and expected to demonstrate rapid prototyping and high level presentation skills in this project.

- Project 3, AU09.03- Application of Parametric operations to complex urban systems, towards a well-rendered design proposal at a very large urban scale. This project will involve prototyping models, developing and testing scenarios using parametric tools and the application of critical urban theory. Students will use real world information (including parameters) and present this work to a public audience. This work will be conducted in

groups, with each student taking responsibility for an individual aspect of the project research and design for which they will be assessed.

Required texts

Coursework Assessment Policy and Procedures Manual.


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