DE04 INSTITUTION Technical University of Delft – Public Building
Territory & Border Conditions: Architectural Theory TaBC
TEACHING STAFF S. U. Barbieri, Prof. Ir. - Director, M. Schoonderbeek,
Ass. Prof. Ir. - Coordinator, 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 8 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.

10 exercises related to the online seminars.

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

Participants submit documentation of their architectural research and design as required individually by tutor via email.

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE