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MODULE SPECIFICATION


  1. Title of the module

AR554: Urban

  1. School or partner institution which will be responsible for management of the module

Kent School of Architecture

  1. The level of the module (e.g. Level 4, Level 5, Level 6 or Level 7)

Level 6

  1. The number of credits and the ECTS value which the module represents

30 (15 ECTS)

  1. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)

Spring term

  1. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules

None

  1. The programmes of study to which the module contributes

BA (Hons) Architecture

  1. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
    On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:


    1. An ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief.



    2. An ability to understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project.



    3. An ability to develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.


    4. Adequate knowledge of the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach.



    5. Knowledge of the creative application of such work to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualization and representation.



    6. Knowledge of theories of urban design and the planning of communities.


    7. Knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment.


    8. An understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design.


    9. An understanding of the way in which buildings fit into their local context.


    10. An understanding of the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design.


    11. An understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques.



    12. An understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.


    13. Knowledge of the principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments.


    14. Knowledge of systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design.


    15. Knowledge of strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project.



    16. The skills to prepare designs that will meet building users’ requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements.


  2. The intended generic learning outcomes.
    On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:


    1. The ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design

    2. The ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required for further professional education.



  3. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module, the final one of the programme, engages students in the design of a building in an urban centre. In lectures and seminars, it deals with distinctive urban plans in the contemporary world, as well as a consideration of their historical provenance. The design exercise seeks to locate a complex building type, of mixed social use, within a developed urban fabric. The module assesses a student’s capabilities, skills, knowledge and understanding that are brought to bear on such a design. The key design skill to be demonstrated is the integration of the conflicting demands surrounding a proposal that successfully balances the requirements of client, user and the public with the cultural, technical and environmental pressures encountered. As the final statement of student competence, the design will be expected to successfully demonstrate critical and reflective awareness of process across a wide range of indicators, including awareness of fine art theories and methods of production as applied to building. The outputs required will comprise a fully designed building proposal, including design studies and technical analyses of the building and its systems. This will be presented in a crit and submitted as a document online.

  1. Reading List (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Adria, Miquel, et al. 2005 10x10 2: 100 Architects, 010 Critics. London: Phaidon.

Bentley, Ian, Alcock, Alan and Murrain, Paul and McGlynn, Sue and Smith, Graham. (1985). Responsive environments: a manual for designers. Architectural Press.

Bizley, Graham. (2007). Architecture in detail. Architectural Press.

Bloomer, Kent C., Moore, Charles Willard, Yudell, Robert J. 1978. Body, Memory and Architecture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Brown, Lance J and Dixon, David and Oliver, Gillham. (2009). Urban design for an urban century: placemaking for people. John Wiley.

Hall, Peter. (1998). Cities in Civilisation. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.

Hawkes, Dean. (2007). The environmental imagination. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Ibelings, Hans. (2002). Supermodernism. Rotterdam: Nai.

Lechner, Norbert. (2008). Heating, Cooling & Lighting – Sustainable Design Methods for Architects (3rd ed). Wiley.

Rowe, Colin and Koetter, Fred. (1978). Collage City. Cambridge, Mass: MIT.

Sennett, Richard. (2003). Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Weston, Richard. (2003). Materials Form and Architecture. London: Laurence King.

Zumthor, Peter. (1998). Architektur Denken. Baden, CH: Lars Müller.


  1. Learning and Teaching methods
    Lectures on Technology and Environment: 8 x 1 hours
    Lectures on Design: 6 x 1 hours
    Tutorials and seminars on development of design proposal: 9 x 3 hours
    Crit presentations (interim and final): 6 x 3 hours

    Total contact time: 59


    Total Private Study: 241
    Total Study Hours: 300


  2. Assessment methods.

    Coursework (100%)
    The completed project (Design: 80%; Technology & Environment: 20%) is a document submitted online.





  3. Map of Module Learning Outcomes (sections 8 & 9) to Learning and Teaching Methods (section12) and methods of Assessment (section 13)



Module learning outcome




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Learning/ teaching method

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T&E lectures

8




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X

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Design lectures

6







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Tutorials / seminars

27

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X

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Crit presentations

18

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X

X

X

X

X

X

X

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X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Private Study

241

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X

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X

X

X

X

X

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Final project submission




X

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  1. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials, teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the University’s disability/dyslexia student support service, and specialist support will be provided where needed.



  1. Campus(es) or Centre(s) where module will be delivered: Canterbury


FACULTIES SUPPORT OFFICE USE ONLY

Revision record – all revisions must be recorded in the grid and full details of the change retained in the appropriate committee records.

Date approved

Major/minor revision

Start date of the delivery of revised version

Section revised

Impacts PLOs( Q6&7 cover sheet)

01/02/16

Major

September 2016

4, 8-14

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