DE04 INSTITUTION Technical University of Delft – Public Building
Territory & Border Conditions: Architectural Theory TaBC
TEACHING STAFF PROF. IR. S. U. BARBIERI – DIRECTOR, ASS. PROF. DR. –ING. H. H. BIER – COORDINATOR, ASS. PROF. IR. M. SCHOONDERBEEK – TUTOR
SUBJECT AREA AT NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
8 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES T&BC 20+10 ECTS PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 5 Video-Lectures ONLINE HOURS 2-4 30-60
ON LINE TUTORIALS 10 HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 12 200
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT Email and video-conferences TOTAL 0.5 ECTS 8 ECTS
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 2-7 students MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA Declaration of intent and introductory thesis statement
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

The TaBC research program focuses on the study of the complex spatial ‘mechanisms’ of the contemporary contexts, namely cities and territo­ries, as they constitute the basis of architectural interventions. The urban and territorial conditions are considered the prime forces of influence for contemporary architectural thought, reflection and pro­duction. Once it is no longer evident that the built environment is the spatial reflection of social structures, as is the case in our contemporary, post-modern societies, the understanding of the philoso­phical, cultural, political and aesthetic value systems that influence the production of space and spatial elements, is considered of vital importance. The research program aims to chart and map this ‘terrain’ in order to establish the rules for and the reasons behind architec­tural conjectures in the context of the emerging territory and border zones.

The course Architectural Theory consists of a series of 5 seminars in which the major themes of the program are discussed ‘Survey’, ‘Navigation’, ‘Things’, ‘Eclectic Fields’ and ‘Systems’, combined with 10 related exercises investigating the several classic and contemporary tech­niques - measuring, drawing, mapping, scanning, etc. Compulsory bibli­ography consists of texts, project documentation, films and documenta­ries, which are made available digitally.

 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
1. Participants have developed appropriate knowledge of the history and theory of architecture (and associated techniques), related art forms and humanities, as well as of social and cultural streams in so far as these have influenced the field of architectural research and design.
2. Participants have insight into and have developed skills in the methods of research and preparation of a project;
3. Participants have developed a skill in using images and the written and spoken word in order to convey the essence of a theoretical position with the contemporary architectural discourse.
4. Participants have developed an insight into the architecture profession and the role of the architect in society, especially in undertaking projects in which account is taken of social factors.

Internet-based tutorials, written and spoken communication via email and video-conferencing, respectively.

 

DOC or PDF-research proposal, PPT-presentation, and DOC or PDF- thesis on research topic.

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

1. Participants submit a research proposal which will result in a thesis. The paper will describe the research concept and will be uploaded by participants and re-viewed by teacher via added comments in word-processing documents such as DOC- or PDF-files.
2. Participants submit prepared PPT-presentations on designated research topics.
3. Participants submit a thesis at the end of the course, a DOC(X) or PDF-file, showing the development of the research topic and its positioning/framing within the contemporary architectural discourse.

 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.