CULT07006 2019 Design Research- Reading and Framing Place

General Details

Full Title
Design Research- Reading and Framing Place
Transcript Title
Design Research- Reading and F
80 %
Subject Area
CULT - Cultural Studies
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Theoretical input in digitally enabled architectural studio space 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Classroom Equipped for OLL. Practical, tutorial and workshop in digitally enabled architectural studio space 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified self directed study 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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.

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

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.

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