LY01 INSTITUTION ENSAL

Methods for Architectural Morphology Analysis

TEACHING STAFF Professor Bernard DUPRAT; Francois TRAN, Director of Laboratory ; Doctor Francois FLEURY
SUBJECT AREA Researching NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS … CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of studentís work
6 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES     PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 3 ONLINE HOURS 1 10
ON LINE TUTORIALS

 

HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK

14

140

OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT Tutoring : e-mail, phone or visio TOTAL 15 150
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 10 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA  
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

The objective of this course is to generate thinking on the elaboration of research methods that incorporate various complementary tools aimed at the understanding of architectural shapes and their production processes.

Forms, shapes, geometries produced by architecture are liable to be subjected to various kinds of cognitive investigations, the methods and principles of which are more or less explicit or confessed, and for which the objectives themselves differ. The teaching proposed in this course addresses a family of tools for analysis which are coherent with a methodological axis devised to avoid doctrines and to produce knowledge with some guaranty of objectivity: the purpose is to formulate and/or evaluate assumptions rather than to argue an opinion or express simple commentaries.

The first lecture introduces form analysis, that is the preliminary process leading to an evaluation of what defines the identity of a form : using descriptive and statistical tools and methods, the idea is to extract the morphological characteristics on which resemblance or uniqueness are stated. These tools operate on corpora (a sufficient number of comparable buildings) and reveal classifications, typologies, morphological structures eventually leading to the formulation of shape genetics.

Although a constitutive part of their understanding, knowledge of the intrinsic characters of the form is not in itself their explanation. The object of the second family of tools and methods is to evaluate the extrinsic elements or facts that contribute to the determination of the shape : program specifications, context, mechanics and construction, quality of space, expression, etc. The two following lectures focus on two of these issues : semiotics and structural mechanics.

Following the lectures, the students engage in a research initiation project on a subject elaborated with their tutor, and are asked to produce a paper of grossly 30 pages, liable to lead to a thesis subject submission
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Ability to develop an analytical and critical thinking and understanding.
  2. Ability to identify and use relevant scientific tools.
  3. Ability to define research topics which will contribute to knowledge and debate.
  4. Ability to formulate research questions.
  5. Ability to communicate appropriately in written and graphic forms.
  6. Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy

Lectures, Tutoring

Memoire

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

Memoire of 30-50 pages

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE