DE03 INSTITUTION Technical University of Delft – Public Building
Territory & Border Conditions: Architectural Positions
TEACHING STAFF S. U. Barbieri, Prof. Ir. - Director, M. Schoonderbeek,
Ass. Prof. Ir. - Coordinator, T.L.P. Avermaete, Dr. Ir. – Tutor
SUBJECT AREA AP NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
6 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES T&BC 20+10 ECTS PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES - ONLINE HOURS 2-4 30-60
ON LINE TUTORIALS 1 HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 6 90
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT 6 Video-conferences TOTAL 0.4 ECTS 6 ECTS
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 8 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA Declaration of intent and introductory thesis statement.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

Theory seminar on Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere: Giving shape to public urban spaces and public buildings remains a crucial issue in architecture at the start of the twenty-first century. A new web of public spaces is now available: a mesh of electronic super-highways, forums and ad­dresses extending far beyond the immediate environs of the street or the square. Some claim that this new network makes the physical public space ob­solete. Architects know better. They, after all, face the task of shaping public buildings and space, and are therefore compelled to find links among the various forms and gradations of the public sphere that exist today. Architects look for forms to address the changing public sphere.

In this regard they are challenged, on a daily basis, to take stands, to adopt Architectural Positions with respect to the developments in the public sphere.

The Architectural Positions seminar focuses on the texts of architects who are important voices in the debate on the public sphere. Each seminar addresses a different aspect of the debate about architecture, modernity and the public sphere. The six themes are, respectively: [1] Changing Definitions of Public and Private, [2] The Temporalities of the Public Sphere, [3] Image Building and Public Space, [4] Monumentality and Public Representation, [5] Alternating Programs and Practices, and [6] The Perception of the Public.

The course consists of a comprehensive introduction to the notions of modernity and the public sphere as they have been developed by Western thinkers. Sub­sequently the six themes are introduced and situated in their social and cultural context. Within this framework the positions that architects have been taken through texts [and projects] are discussed.

The seminar aims at a critical investigation of recent architectural positions on modernity and the public sphere. Students are asked to develop an own architectural position vis-a-vis modernity and the public sphere in the form of an essay.
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Appropriate knowledge of the history and theory of architecture and related art forms and the humanities, as well as of the social and cultural streams of relevance for architectural design.

  2. Skill in using images and the written word in order to develop and convey the essence of an architectural position.

Internet-based tutorial, written and spoken communication via email and Video-conferencing, respectively.

Review of essay related to the seminars.

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

Essay concerning the students architectural position vis-a-vis modernity and the public sphere, uploaded by participants and reviewed by teacher via added comments in word processing documents such as DOC- or PDF-files.

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE

This module is offered in connectivity with other T&BC courses. Preliminarily planed as a one-year program, organized to facilitate PhD researchers based outside the TUD Faculty of Architecture, the program consists of compulsory [2/3] and free-choice [1/3] e-courses covering 30 ECTS per semester.