CULT07006 2019 Design Research- Reading and Framing Place
This module supports the programme vision point relating to the reading of place (cultural, social, material, ecological, philosophical etc.). The module has a specific focus on the research and communication of place from multiple perspectives. In addition, it introduces students to principles of building conservation and strategies for the adaptation of existing buildings. The module deepens and consolidates the learner’s ability to devise design strategies that respond to existing contexts (places) and buildings; and to critically research, frame, and write about their design intentions. The module builds on the content of prior modules such as Design Fundamentals, Interior Architecture Studio 1 & 2 and Context and Visual Material Culture modules.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Discuss architectural precedents, theories and principles relating to the conservation and remodeling of existing buildings.
Reference conservation terminology and principles underpinning design action in a written design justification.
Frame and contextualise a design strategy, referencing focused place-specific research (cultural, historic, ecological, social, material etc.).
Source, analyse and reference material, texts and documents from multiple sources and fields to inform an analysis of place.
Communicate and justify a creative design response to a focused analysis of place, in a written and graphic design report.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Design Research - reading and framing place is taught using a combination of lectures, case studies, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.
Module Assessment Strategies
Through the module assessments, students familiarise themselves with interpretation and analysis and application of theory and research to the analysis of place . Visual methodologies and academic literacy skills are applied.
The assessment strategy focuses on the following :
- Interpretative design research;
- Visual analyses and academic writing;
- Oral and visual presentation;
- Discipline‑specific research.
Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.
This module is organised around the following themes:
Reading and Framing Place- theoretical frameworks to inform design:
- Case study review of a selection of perspectives, theories and practices relating to the reading of place (cultural, social, material, ecological, philosophical etc). The module builds on Cultural, Context and VMC modules;
- Case study review of theories, strategies and tactics for re-modelling and altering existing buildings;
- Best practice examples of conservation & refurbishment in a regional, national and international context;
- Introduction to planning and heritage legislation affecting existing buildings.
Design Research and Writing:
This module consolidates the learner’s skills in relation to the following:
- Sourcing, reading, analysing and referencing texts, images and data;
- Developing, framing and contextualizing a written proposition.
Lectures, discussions, presentations, seminars and tutorials will address both the research methodologies used to inform design, as well as the writing, presentation modes and conventions associated with these.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Seminar- Place: Issues and Case Studies||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||30 %||Week 4||1,4|
|2||Written and Illustrated Design Framework||Continuous Assessment||Essay||70 %||Week 12||2,3,4,5|
Bachelard, Gaston. The poetics of space. Boston: Beacon Press, 1958
Bloszies, C. (2011) Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations, Princeton Architectural Press, New York.
Brooker and Stone (2004) Rereadings: Interior Architecture And The Design Principles Of Remodelling Existing Buildings, RIBA Enterprises, London.
Clarke, C. (2003) Informed Conservation: Understanding Historic Buildings and Their Landscapes for Conservation, English Heritage, London.
Cramer, J. (2007) Architecture in Existing Fabric: Planning, Design and Building, Birkauser, Basel.
Douglas, J. (2006) Building Adaption, Butterworth‑Heinemann, Oxford.
Fielden, B. (2003) Conservation of Historic Buildings, Architectural Press, London.
Gelfand, L. & Duncan, C. (2012) Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope, Wiley, New Jersey.
Gorse, C. & Highfield, D. (2009) Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings, 2nd Ed. Spon Press, London.
Hubbard Phil and Rob Kitchin, Key Thinkers on Space and Place 2nd edition, Sage Publications, 2010
Jager, F.P. (2010) Old and New: Design Manual for Revitalizing Existing Buildings, Birkhuser, Basel.
Jivén, G., & Larkham, P. J. (2003). Sense of place, authenticity and character: a commentary. Journal of Urban Design, 8(1), 67-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1357480032000064773.
Jokilehto, J. (2003) A History of Architectural Conservation, Butterworth‑Heinemann, Oxford.
Jordan, T., Raubal, M., Gartrell, B., & Egenhofer, M. (1998, July). An affordance-based model of place in GIS. In 8th Int. Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, SDH (Vol. 98, pp. 98-109). Retrieved May 18, 2017 from https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=affordances+of+modes+in+architectural+representation&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp=
Klanten, R. (2009) Build‑on: Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings, Verlag.
Massey, Doreen. For Space. London: Sage, 2005.
Pallasmaa, J. The eyes of the skin: architecture and the senses. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 2005.
Sandu C.M, (2010) Transformer: Reuse, Renewal, and Renovation in Contemporary Architecture Ginko Press, Berkeley.
Van Uffelen, C. (2011) Re‑Use Architecture, Braun Publishing, Salenstein.