DSGN07052 2013 Architectural Context and Theory 3A

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context and Theory 3A
Transcript Title
Arch Context and Theory 3A
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Emmet O'Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module develops two thematic areas. Part 1 explores the histories, theories and best practice examples of urban design and regeneration and landscape design.  Part 2 will consolidate the students theoretical and practical knowledge about the mechanics of design, design thinking and language

The module aims to:

  • Strengthen students confidence in critical and analytical thinking and encourage architectural discussion and debate that involves the student relating their views to the ideas and work of others
  • Introduce the histories and theories of landscape design
  • Explore a range of urban design theories and strategies and their impact on sucessful community planning
  • Critically examine examples of best practice in the reoccupation and regeneration of degenerating urban fabric
  • Consolidate the students’ design theory knowledge base and critical thinking skills to do with using design procedures and processes 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Communicate the ideas of a range of urban design theorists and their relevance to architectural issues in a regional and national context


Communicate adequate knowledge of theories and key principles of urban design through the design of a public community space


Communicate a knowledge of the history of landscape studies and its relationship with architecture and interior architecture


Display some key principles and strategies of integrated architecture and landscape design through a design project


Critically evaluate the theories of design, procedures and processes


Research and synthesise theory, frame problems, apply analyses and critical judgement, and formulate strategies for action in the development of design solutions


Explore and evaluate issues associated with the application of design theory in a range of diverse and unfamiliar circumstances

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: detailed assignment development and resolutions, presentations, sketchbooks, models & debate

Indicative Syllabus

This module has two main thematic areas- 1. History, theory and criticism of architecture, 2. Mechanics, reasoning and the language of design. 

Part 1

  • Histories and theories of urban design & planning
  • Histories of the occupation and reoccupation of urban areas  
  • Urban regeneration and sustainable urban neighbourhoods                                    
  • Histories and theories of landscape studies 
  • Interior landscaping strategies                                                                                     

Urban Design and Landscape Studies Workshops

 Part 2

  • Mechanics of Design – The design process in practice consolidated


Field Trip to a major European city                       


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Any 1,2,3,4
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Any 5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Architectural Histories, Theories and Criticism 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory The Mechanics of Design, Design Thinking and Language 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Part 1

Alexander, C., (1977), A Pattern Language: O.U.P

Colantonio, A. (2010) Urban Regeneration and Social Sustainability: Best Practice from European Cities, Wiley-Blackwell, London

Cuthbert, A. (2011) Understanding Cities: Method in Urban Design,  Routledge, London

Jones, P. & Evans, J. (2008) Urban Regeneration in the UK: Theory and Practice, SAGE Publications Ltd, London

Morse, Susanne, W., (2004), Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future, Wiley

Rudlin, D & Falk, N (1999) Building the 21st Century Home: The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood;

Architectural Press; London;

Waterman, T. (2009) The Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture AVA London

Waterman, T. (2009) Basics Landscape Architecture 01: Urban Design AVA London

Part 2

Bachelard G, (1992), The Poetics of Space, Beacon Press

Ching, Francis D.K, Architecture, Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996

Ching, Francis, D. K, Interior Design Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987

Ching, Francis, D. K, Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975

Lawson, Bryan, How Designers Think, Architectural Press, 2006

Pile, John, F, Interior Design, Harry N Abrams, 1995

Pile, John, F, Colour in Interior Design, McGraw-Hill, 1997

Yee, Rendow, Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons, 1997

Other Resources
  • Field trip budget
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