WA01 INSTITUTION Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
Sampling Architecture
TEACHING STAFF Prof. PhD architect Stefan Wrona (project supervisor)
PhD architect Jan Slyk (module coordinator and teacher)
SUBJECT AREA Thinking Architecture NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS Ι CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
10 (15)ECTS
depend on semester length
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES   work time calculation based on average week occupation (real time demands depend on course syllabus )
course structure
(conditioned upon e-learning communication channels)
  PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
online resources exploitation (readings, lectures) 10%
online interactive participation: Σ70%:
- forum/blog discussion 10%
- collaborative web design (WIKI) 15%
- building common knowledge base (glossary) 15%
- experiment presentation, evaluation, self-evaluation 30%
essay publication -presenting results 20%
ONLINE HOURS 15 150
HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 10 100
TOTAL 25 250
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 8/16 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA
  • motivation / interests in theory of architecture
  • ability (and will) to participate in the course based on implementation of  e-learning tools (moodle)
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

Experimental study on architectural form creation, perception and description. Involves scientific methodology, graphic and CAD processing, visual communication problems.
Main objective of the course is to develop precise scientific argumentation. Three steps distinguished in syllabus lead participants towards logically structured statement – presented in final essay.

1st step: recognizing argumentation patterns
With use of proposed framework – participants construct WIKI page that reflects common knowledge-base provided to be shared in the next step. WIKI entries concern methodology terms as well as logic and philosophy vocabulary related to scientific argumentation (induction, deduction, hermeneutics…) Source description and references help to expand the scope of individual research. Verified definitions may update main glossary of the course.

2nd step: sampling architecture
Individual stage of the work. Participants introduce “sampling material”. Preliminary selection of samples is carried out on the base of discussion. Research direction could be either from inspiration towards architectural form or the opposite. Through series of semantic/graphic/modeling transformation intellectual process allows to discover architectural sample ancestry. Sequence and order of experimental steps contribute individual value to the study. Compliance with reasoning pattern (defined in 1st step) helps to keep argument exact.
Expected result of 2nd  phase is complex presentation – sequence of pdf A4 charts including 2D, 3D graphic, schemes, text.

3rd step: evaluation, report
2nd stage outcome material is going to be presented to the group in 3rd part of study. Online workshop stirs up discussion and starts evaluation process. E-learning system draws presentations. Participants are asked to review materials according to given criteria. Reviewer’s opinions are sent back to the author. Both – the presentation and the review itself are subject of global evaluation (done automatically by the system and traditionally – by tutors).
Entire  process simulates real conference procedure in which authors should receive accurate, objective and helpful opinion about the paper.

Final essay recapitulates study. Sampling experiment, reasoning process - are going to be described here as well as reflection on usefulness of the method itself.
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Generic
    • Ability to work in (an interdisciplinary) team.
    • Capacity to apply a spirit of synthesis of ideas and forms
    • Capacity to develop an analytical and critical thinking and understanding
    • Capacity to evaluate ideas, proposals, forms
    • (High level) computing skills including the ability to use the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information
  2. Profession
    • Adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related arts, technologies and human sciences
    • Ability to recognize and use appropriately architectural theories, concepts, paradigms and principles
    • Ability to communicate appropriately to a variety of audiences in oral, written and graphic forms
    • Awareness of the potentials of new technologies
  3. Research
    • Ability to formulate research questions
    • Awareness of and ability to use appropriate tools of other human and physical sciences (art criticism, art history, philosophy, exact sciences.)
    • Ability to use IT and Internet resources
    • Ability to plan, conduct and report on investigations

Collaborative work:

  • Online discussions (forum, blog etc.)
  • Collecting resources, structuring, publishing information, referencing (WIKI, glossaries)
  • Online presentation, reviewing, discussion on work in progress

Individual work:

  • Selecting experiment resources (material)
  • Formulating own research procedures
  • Verifying hypothesis and ongoing experimental procedures
  • Delivering supportive comments and reviews
  • Expressing individual hypothesis and opinions in logical, convincing form

 

  1. Self  evaluation, team evaluation (carried out with support of online workshop, .blogs, forum)
  2. Automatic evaluation (done by e-learning system on the base of statistic analysis)
  3. Traditional tutor comments and evaluation

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

direct:

  1. Online resource material publication –WIKI (for future development and use)
  2. Glossary development and publication (building vocabulary and definitions considering new field of investigation)
  3. Architectural samples library and processing workshop verified during experiments
  4. Students’ essays online published and internally reviewed

indirect:

  1. Online teaching results and statistics on the field of architecture (point of reference for future development of e-learning platform structure).
  2. Evaluation of specific e-learning tools (collaborative web design, glossaries, workshops)- including students’ reviews and opinions
  3. New medium for information exchange (thanks to mechanisms built into the system – social interaction among young architecture researchers may become stronger and more efficient)
 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE