BA01 INSTITUTION ETSAV, BARCELONA
MULTIPLICITY
AN APPROACH TO THE CONTEMPORARY PRODUCTION OF SPACE
TEACHING STAFF

COURSE COORDINATOR:
ALBERTO ALTES BA, Dip. Arch., MSc, PhD Candidate.
GUEST LECTURERS:

  • ELENA ALBAREDA BA, Dip. Arch., MSc., PhD Candidate. (Building Technology)
  • DANIEL CALATAYUD BA, Dip. Arch., MSc., PhD Candidate. (Building Technology)
  • JOSEP MARIA GARCIA BA, Dip. Arch., MSc., PhD Candidate. (Theory and History)
  • ANTONIO MILLAN MSc., PhD Architecture, Chair Professor of Graphic Expression.
  • JOSE LUIS OYON MSc., PhD Architecture, Chair Professor of Urbanism.
  • JOSE ANGEL SANZ MSc., PhD Architecture. (Theory and History)
  • MARTA SERRA BA, Dip. Arch., MSc., PhD Candidate. (Urbanism)
  • MIGUEL USANDIZAGA MSc., PhD Architecture. (Theory and History)
SUBJECT AREA THINKING ARCHITECTURE NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
6 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES     PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 10 ONLINE HOURS 2.5 25
ON LINE TUTORIALS 10 HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 6 60
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT
10 COMMENT A(BLOG POST)
10 COMMENT B(BLOG POST)
10 FINAL PAPER(EMAIL)
TOTAL
1.5
1.5
3.5
15
15
35
TOTAL     15 150
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 25 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA  
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

The course aims at a cross-section of the growingly complex processes of production of contemporary space, by juxtaposition of a multiplicity of gazes, readings, layers and co-existing spatial states. Space will be understood here not so much as an abstract concept or an isolated aesthetical construct, but rather as a dialogical and intertextual reality strongly linked to culture, and thus to social, political, economic, technological and aesthetical factors.  Anthropology, sociology, economy, geography, environmental sciences, art, cinema and other disciplines will provide points of departure for a deeper critical analysis of various spatial practices.  Transversality will be presented and discussed as an alternative to autonomy, and the production and design of spatial processes as an alternative to “the object” as final outcome. Participants are expected to always return to the common ground of the public realm to contrast these gazes, layers and issues with the current condition and transformation processes of public space as well as to deconstruct and reflect upon the close relationship of space and politics.

Such a juxtaposition and analysis may then foster critical reflection and further exploration of these and other themes or layers that may also encourage postgraduate students to engage in larger research projects.

The course is organized in a number of units, each including an online lecture by an expert scholar/professor in the form of an academic text or presentation, and a selection of texts and readings that should be read, analyzed and related to the theme of the unit and lecture. The outcome of such a critical reflection should be a solid, sound and critical short comment to be posted on the course blog. The first round of comments (one per student) should then provide the context for a second reaction-comment that may foster further debate and force students to position themselves and build on their discussion topics. Paper themes should come out of these discussions and be reported and approved by course coordinator and/or program teaching staff. Final papers will be also reviewed and discussed online through the blog and other web-based tools.

Course Units:

  1. Multiplicity and Space: An Introduction
  2. Narrative Machines and Spatial Affects
  3. Inhabiting the City: Informal Urbanism
  4. Art and Urban Change
  5. Landscape and Territories 1: Water
  6. Landscape and Territories 2: Form and Place
  7. Memory, Identity and Place (Local)
  8. Geopolitics, Economy and Space (Global)
  9. Space, History and Thought
Domestic Atmospheres and Home Territories
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS

GENERIC COMPETENCES

1. Ability to develop a trans-disciplinary understanding.
2. Ethical commitment.
3. Capacity to develop an analytical and critical thinking and understanding.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES (PROFESSION)

1. Understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of architects in society, with a particular account for social and political factors.
2. Adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related arts, technologies and human sciences.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES (RESEARCH)

1. Awareness of the ongoing nature of architectural research and debate.
2. Ability to formulate research questions.
3. Ability to identify and appropriately use sources of relevant information and to use relevant retrieval tools (bibliographical sources, archival inventories, etc.)
4. Ability to communicate appropriately in written, oral and graphic forms.

5. Awareness and ability to use appropriate tools of other human and physical sciences (e.g. Literary criticism, art history, philosophy, anthropology)

ONLINE LECTURES IN VARIOUS FORMATS (PDF, PODCAST, ETC..)

SELECTED READINGS

ONLINE DISCUSSION AND REVIEW (BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS)

REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF PAPER THEMES AND ABSTRACTS

 

ASSESSED BLOG COMMENTS (2/UNIT)

ASSESSED PAPER ABSTRACT

ASSESSED ESSAY (3000-4000 WORDS)

ASSESSED FINAL MICRO-PRESENTATION
(ONLINE-PECHA KUCHA)

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE
  • 2 BLOG COMMENTS PER WEEK (1 POST-LECTURE COMMENT, 1 POST-COMMENTS REACTION COMMENT)
  • 1 200 WORD PAPER ABSTRACT
  • 1 3000-4000 WORD ESSAY
  • 1 MICRO-FINAL PRESENTATION (ONLINE-PECHA KUCHA MAX. 120 SEC: X SLIDES x Y SECONDS = 120 )
 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE