AR7021 - Design Level 4 Process and Proposal (2023/24)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2023/24|
|Module title||Design Level 4 Process and Proposal|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Art, Architecture and Design|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
This module invites the student to engage, from within an individual design unit, with the substance of making a design proposition; it develops a student's ability to effectively realise a proposal. The 20-credit module runs throughout the year 4 design unit programme (across semesters 1 and 2) in parallel with AR7030: Design: Subject and Context which addresses the architectural skills, activities and processes required to establish a project brief.
In this module the student will engage with the means by which a designed proposition can be realised effectively. Spatial, material, formal and organisational adjustments and transformations of a particular context or situation will be employed and tested as methods of embodying and conveying design ideas. The aim is to become confident in designing through a development of the student's skills, understanding and ability in the design process. Students will exercise their abilities to propose design schemes that embody clear and appropriate conceptual frameworks against which proposals can be tested. The conceptual frameworks should be derived from the detailed and precise understanding of a particular context as emphasised in parallel module AR7030: Design Level 4: Subject and Context.
This advanced level design module rehearses a student's ability to deliver a well-developed, ambitious and resolved design proposal which has taken into account the complex and unpredictable conditions of a particular context and embodies within its rationale, scale, scope and remit, a coherent ambition for architecture. The aim of the module is to prepare the student for the final year (for full-time students) comprehensive design project by promoting a self-aware and clearly articulated understanding of how ideas and agendas developed within this module may be consolidated the following year.
Prior learning requirements
AR7030 Design Level 4: Subject and Context (co-requisite)
You will study this module through one of the MArch design units. Each design unit will state an overall agenda/ interest within the built environment and also a project or related set of projects. These vary from year to year. The outline programme for each design unit is presented in turn at the beginning of the Autumn term (Semester 1) at which time students will have an opportunity to rank their choice of design unit and programme they wish to work with.
The unit programme, within the academic framework of the course and module set by the Unit Tutors, runs throughout Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, and is assessed at the end of Semester 2. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Students have the opportunity to study outside of scheduled classes. A range of learning strategies are deployed and individual learning styles accommodated. The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, are regularly reviewed to ensure an inclusive pedagogical approach.
The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning. Peer-to-peer communication is fostered in seminars and tutorial support provided at key points in the calendar. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment tasks and formative feedback. Students are encouraged to reflect on their progress and engage in sequential decision making through staged submissions and worksheets, and to make recommendations to themselves for future development.
The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports personal development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able – as they progress – to understand the professional environment of their discipline, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions and aspirations.
On completing the module the student should be able to:
1. develop systems of interpreting, using and spatialising research material in order to develop designed scenarios that intervene in and adapt a given context or situation;
2. test the rationale for design proposals with respect to their relevance and appropriateness to a given context or situation, and adjust the design accordingly;
3. direct and manage an appropriate design process to achieve a convincing and well worked through design proposition that skillfully manipulates spatial, material, formal, environmental and organisational conditions at a range of scales;
4. communicate effectively the ideas and intentions behind a design proposal through an appropriate range of representational techniques.
The student will be assessed on a well-developed and appropriately represented architectural proposal, submitted at the end of Spring Semester. This will be supported and illustrated by reference to your portfolio work. Representation and recordings in support of Design Level 4: Subject and Context will also form part of the portfolio. The architectural proposal represented must show a clear relationship with the raw material and understanding derived from the parallel design module.
The outcome should consist of a three-dimensional and spatial design proposal, which is equivalent in scope, and complexity to a small/medium sized building. Through the proposal you will make explicit the following:
• how the social, ethical, political and cultural context of your proposal has been considered; the needs and desires of your client, the community and society at large;
• how the environmental and economic context of your proposal has been considered;
• how the professional context that guides building construction has been considered.
Each design unit will provide its own bibliography to suit the unit themes and interests for the year in question. The following reading list is designed to address the generic aims of the module at the level appropriate to the course of study.
Beigel, F. and Christou, P. (2015) Translations: Architecture Research Unit (Christoph Merian Verlag)
Curtis, W. (2009 ) Modern Architecture since 1900 (Phaidon)
Davies, C. (2017) A New History of Modern Architecture (Laurence King)
Gelernter, M. (1995) Sources of Architectural Form: A Critical History of Western Design Theory (Manchester University Press)
Hatherly, O. (2010) A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, (Verso)
Till, J. (2009) Architecture Depends (MIT Press)
Weston, R. (2008) Materials, Form and Architecture (Laurence King)
Zumthor, P. (2006) Atmospheres: Architectural Environments - Surrounding Objects (Birkhäuser)
The RIBA website’s ‘Explore Architecture’ pages: https://www.architecture.com/explore-architecture