University of Technology Sydney

89036 Spatial Design Directions

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This studio operates in tandem with 89141 Perception Space Materials: Research and Conceptualisation, allowing students to test and interrogate their ideas through a series of design projects. Students are exposed to professionals in the field to develop their ideas and realisation. This allows for the integration of professional practices in areas such as modelling, high-level conceptualisation and creative thinking, and experimental spatial construction to be part of a student's frame of reference. Students are challenged to engage with these new processes in a rigorous and professional manner.

Projects are particular to each year, carefully curated and coordinated to ensure their relationship and value to students' final projects in session 2.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Explore design directions through context and site analysis
2. Research, articulate and evaluate the historical significance of proposed site.
3. Generate and develop a theoretical position.
4. Present a resolved and cohesive final design project.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in advanced and engaging communication.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Sensitivity to social and cultural diversity (A.3)
  • Professional attitude to clarity, accuracy and effectiveness of communication (C.1)
  • Capacity to work flexibly within a team and make a positive contribution to team dynamics (C.2)
  • Capacity for perceptive concept development (I.1)
  • Ability to critically appraise, develop or redirect design ideas (I.2)
  • Ability to actively and independently develop new skills, knowledge and understanding (P.1)
  • Possession of craft skills appropriate to the discipline (P.3)
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas (R.2)
  • A disposition to adopt practices and approaches that embed critical reflection (R.3)

Teaching and learning strategies

Site visits to establish an intricate knowledge of site and context, studio environment, peer learning, lectures, tutorials.

Content (topics)

  • Architectural theory
  • Spatial theory
  • Interior design theory
  • Research methods
  • Distilling thinking into spatial configurations
  • Site and urban contexts
  • Mapping

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Research Presentation

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 and 3

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.1, P.3, R.2 and R.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to acquire new knowledge and develop design directions through context and site analysis 25 1 P.1
Ability to research, articulate and evaluate the historical significance of the site 25 2 R.3
Spatial intelligence of the scheme 25 3 P.3
Application of research and theory to practice 25 3 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Interim Presentation

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.3, C.1, C.2, I.2 and P.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Sensitivity to social and cultural diversity 20 3 A.3
Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required 20 5 C.2
Ability to engage in, and constructively contribute to debate, peer learning and critique 20 5 I.2
Ability to rigorously explore, apply and extend multiple representational techniques 20 5 P.3
Ability to communicate ideas effectively including oral, written, visual, analogue and digital presentations 20 5 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Project Presentation

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, I.1, P.1, R.2 and R.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas 20 3 R.2
A disposition to adopt practices and approaches that embed reflection 20 4 R.3
Capacity for perceptive concept development 20 4 I.1
Ability to actively and independently develop new knowledge, skills and understanding 20 4 P.1
Professional attitude to clarity, accuracy and effectiveness of communication 20 5 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Recommended texts

Buchanan P. 2005, Ten Shades of Green Architecture and the Natural World, The Architecture League of NY, NY.

Bourdon D. 1995, Designing the Earth The Human Impulse to Shape Nature, Abrams, NY.

Ed. Andrea DePlazes. 2005, Constructing Architecture Materials Processes Structures A Handbook, Birkhauser, Basel

Ed. Durrett C and McCamant K. c1988, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, Habitat Press, Berkeley, California.

Edwards B. 2005, The Rough Guide to Sustainability, RIBA, London.

Graham P. 2003, A Building Ecology, Blackwell Science Ltd, UK.

Ed. Heinberg R. 2010, The Post Carbon Reader, Watershed Media, California.

Hollo N. 1995, Warm House Cool House Inspirational Designs for Low-Energy Housing, Choice Books, NSW.

Holmgren D. 2002, Permaculture Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Holmgren Design Services, Melbourne.

Hossay P. 2006, Unsustainable A Primer for Global Environmental and Social Justice, Zed Books, London.

Iyengar K. 2015, Sustainable Architectural Design An Overview, Routledge, London.

Ed. Kastner J. 1998, Land and Environmental Art, Phaidon, London.

Kwok A. and Grondzik W. 2007, The Green Studio Handbook Environmental Strategies for Environmental Design, Elsevier, London.

Koren L. 2008, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, Imperfect Publishing, California.

Lynch K. 1984, Site Planning, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

McDonough W. 2002, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, London.

Mills C. 2000, Designing with Models, John Wiley, NY.

Minke G. 2006, Building with Earth Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture, Birkhauser, Berlin.

Morrish W R. 1996, Civilizing Terrains Mountains, Mounds and Mesas, Stout, NY.

Olsen R. 2012, Handmade Houses, Rizzoli, NY.

Pallasmaa J. 1996, The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses, Academy Editions, London.

Phillips, R. O. 1992, Sunshine and Shade in Australasia, CSIRO, Sydney.

Ponting C. 2007, A New Green History of the World, Vintage Books, London.

Shiva V. 2005, Earth Democracy, Zed Books, London.

Spiller N. 2006, Visionary Architecture Blueprints of the Modern Imagination, Thames and Hudson, London.

Steele J. 2005, Ecological Architecture A Critical History, Thames and Hudson, London.

Szokolay S. 2008, Introduction to Architectural Science The Basis of Sustainable Design, Elsevier, Oxford.

Ed. Thomas R. 1996, Environmental Design An Introduction for Architects and Engineers, Taylor and Francis, London.

Wines J. 2000, Green Architecture, Taschen, London.

Woods L. 1997, Radical Reconstruction, Princeton Architectural Press, NY.

Wrigley D. 2010, Making Your Home Sustainable, A Guide to Retrofitting, Scribe, Melbourne.

References

Websites

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http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/parks/pomfinalbotanybay.pdf

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Cradle-to-Cradle: http://www.c2ccertified.org/news

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http://www.cfa.arizona.edu/ahgsa/files/ahgsa/Corner_Agency-of-Mapping1.pdf

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