LO01 INSTITUTION Bartlett Graduate School
Introduction to Adaptive Architecture & Computation
TEACHING STAFF

Sean Hanna (main contact)
Alasdair Turner (lectures)
Alan Penn (lectures)
Sam Griffiths (tutorial)

SUBJECT AREA Architecture& computation NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
6 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES MODULE CODE   PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 2 hr for lectures ONLINE HOURS 1 hr for tutorials and seminars

24 hr for lectures
1 hr for tutorials and seminars

ON LINE TUTORIALS

30 min student essay (first draft)
30 min student essay (mark final essay)

HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK

8.5 hr private reading
4 hr writing essay

85 hr private reading
40 hr writing essay

OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT e-mail answers to lecture questions TOTAL   150 hrs
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 10 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA grades; personal statement/interview
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

Introduction to Adaptive Architecture & Computation

This module examines in detail the triangle of interrelations of computation, society and architecture covered within a series of 10 lectures.
The module explores the theory of space and society, the history and philosophy of science, responsive and interactive architecture, parametric and generative design, embodiment and embedding, complexity and emergence, and in turn, arrives at new questions. Should architects write code? Can computers be creative? What is my role as a designer in creating adaptive architecture? How does my digital design affect society?
The series of lectures are complemented by three introductory sessions aimed at helping students to formulate and address academic research questions. These sessions consist of various exercises covering practical techniques for academic reading, writing and referencing. Students will be given an opportunity to discuss their course reading. Students are encouraged to identify the key themes of the course and discuss the strengths of and weaknesses of each author's perspective using the online discussion forum. These discussions provide a starting point for the students' 3000 word essay required to complete the module.

  • A series of 10 lectures.
Three on-line sessions to cover practical techniques for academic reading, writing and referencing.
  • A series of 10 lectures including two lectures covering practical techniques for academic reading and writing.
  • Two session to present the course reading and discussions


 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS

-understand how to conduct literature review.
-be able to write an academic essay
-gain appreciation of literature and current understanding in the field.-highlight skills and attributes include:
Critical thinking, research skills, academic literacy, content/textual analysis, reflection on learning.

Research in Architecture:

    1. Ability to communicate appropriately in written, oral and graphic forms.
    2. Ability to identify and use appropriately sources of relevant information and to identify and use relevant retrieval tools (bibliographical sources, archival inventories, etc.).
    3. Ability to identify and use paradigms, theories concepts and methods of enquiry appropriate to the discipline and the topic of enquiry.
    4. Ability to write in one’s own language, using correctly the various types of architectural literature.
    5. Ability to reference sources accurately and appropriately.
    6. Awareness of the ongoing nature of architectural research and debate.

      Generic competences:

      1. Capacity to develop an analytical and critical thinking and understanding.
      2. Capacity to evaluate ideas, proposals, forms.
      3. “Learning to learn” ability.
      4. Ability to develop a trans-disciplinary understanding.
      5. Responsibility for one’s own work and ability to be self-critical in relation to that
  • on-line lectures in a ‘pod cast’ format.
  • on-line tutorials.
  • on-line teaching material.

Assessed essay

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

A 3000 word  essay

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE