ARCT06014 2019 Architectural Context & Theory 2
Transformation and Interiority
The module focuses on the power of the individual building to transform, and introduces theories of human experience and perception of space. Exploring interiority through theoretical and practical examples, the focus on the intimate dialogue between the user and the space they inhabit is interrogated, emphasising the layered relationships between the user, function, site and the spatial experience of architecture.
The context modules provide the skills to research and analyse a range of issues related to architecture and introduces the core vision points of the programme: interpretation of place; the power of architecture to transform; the possibilities of reusing and adapting our built heritage; and human experience and perception of space. These modules provide the theoretical framework for the design projects.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Analyse architectural design theories and processes relating to the transformative power of architecture within culture.
Analyse key architectural and cultural theories relating to the interior.
Examine these theories through conventional architectural modes and styles of discourse.
Discuss the impact of these theories on the user from an experiential perspective.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The Teaching and Learning strategies for Architectural Context & Theory I comprises a series of 12 thematic lectures and weekly 1 hour seminar and/or tutorial based activities. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the themes concepts and general context. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed thematic, analyses, textual analyses and group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies and oral communication strategies.
Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.
Module Assessment Strategies
Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes. The assessment strategy focuses on the student's introduction to the subject Architectural Context and Theory through:
- Research and visual methodologies
- Information literacy skills
- Written composition
- Oral presentation
A range of continuous, performance assessment techniques are used in each subject area including projects; portfolio; essays; reports; presentations; and a reflective/learning journal. Students are provided with relevant and informative feedback during interactive dialogue including comments on stated objectives at the end of each stage of a piece of coursework and this includes feedback from peers as well as tutors. A criterion-referenced model of summative assessment is employed at the end of each project. Core criteria are used while remaining open to additional criteria suggested by students and agreed with their assessors. Individual module areas are marked by means of 100% continuous assessment
Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.
Wk 1 - Lecture 1: Introduction: Module Overview. Seminar/Tutorial 1: Readings / Discussion
Wk 2 - Lecture 2: Craft and Organic Influence; Seminar/Tutorial 2: Readings / Discussion
Wk 3 - Lecture 3: Modernism; Seminar/Tutorial 3: Readings / Discussion
Wk 4 - Lecture 4: Late Modernism and Brutalism; Seminar/Tutorial 4: Readings / Discussion
Wk 5 - Lecture 5: Deconstructivism and Neo-Modernism, Critical Regionalism; Seminar/Tutorial 5: Readings / Discussion
Wk 6 - Assignment 1: Presentation; Seminar/Tutorial 6: One to One Tutorials Assignment 1
Wk 7 - Field Trip to European City
Wk 8 - Lecture 8: Human Experience: Interiority; Seminar/Tutorial 8: Readings / Discussion
Wk 9 - Lecture 9: Inside Out; Seminar/Tutorial 10: Readings / Discussion
Wk 10 - Lecture 10: Outside In; Seminar/Tutorial 10: Readings / Discussion
Wk 11 - Lecture 11: Concepts of home; Seminar/Tutorial 11: Readings / Discussion
Wk 12 - Lecture 12: Phenomenology; Seminar/Tutorial 12: One to One Tutorials Assignment 2
Wk 13 – Assignment 2: Essay Submission
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||35 %||Week 6||1,3|
|2||Essay||Formative||Individual Project||- %||Week 13||2,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
Required & Recommended Book List
2016 The Space Within: Interior Experience as the Origin of Architecture Reaktion
2016 The Language of Modernism: In Words and buildings: a vocabulary of modern architecture. Thames and Hudson
2018 The Bauhaus: 1919-1933: Reform And Avant-Garde. Taschen
2007 Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture Mariner Books
2005 The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses Wiley
Bloszies, C. (2012). Old buildings, new designs. New York, USA: Princeton Architectural Press, Architecture Briefs series.
Bollack, F. (2013). Old buildings, new forms: new directions in architectural transformations. New York, The Monacelli Press
Breitling S. Cramer J. (2007). Architecture in Existing Fabric Planning Design Building Birkhäuser
Brand, S. (1994). How Buildings Learn – What happens after they are built. Penguin Books
Brooker, G. & Stone, S. (2004). Re-readings: Interior Architecture and the Design Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings. London RIBA Enterprises.
Cragoe, C. D. (2008). How to read buildings: a crash course in architectural styles. Rizzoli.
Keogh, P. (2012). Shaping the future: case studies in adaptation and reuse in historic urban environments. Ireland: Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gealtacht.
Hunt, R., & Boyd, I. (2017). New design for old buildings. UK: RIBA Publishing.
Kristal, M. (2017). The New Old House: Historic and modern architecture combined. New York, USA: Abrahms.
Littlefield D., & Lewis S. (2007). Architectural voices – listening to old buildings. Wiley.
McCullough N., & Mulvin V. (1987). A lost tradition – the nature of architecture in Ireland. Ireland: Gandon Editions.
McCullough, N. (2014). Palimpest – intervention and change in Irish architecture. Ireland: Anne Street Press.
Rothery S. (1997). A field guide to the buildings of Ireland. Ireland: Lilliput Press.
Scott, F. (2008). On altering architecture. Routledge.
Shaffrey P., & Shaffrey, M. (1984). Buildings of Irish towns: treasures of everyday architecture. Architectural Press
Wong, L. (2011). Adaptive reuse: extending the lives of buildings.
Various authors (2002-2017). An Introduction to the architectural heritage 1- 27. Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage [NIAH] Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
see module handbook
see module handbook