KA6003 - Constructional Structural and Environmental Design

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What will I learn on this module?

This module seeks to provide you with a deeper understanding of the principles of architectural technologies, building upon the content taught in previous years. The critical justification, and imaginative synthesis, of constructional, energy and environmental choices will be encouraged, through the analysis of case studies which practically apply a variety of technologies and principles to built projects. Structural, constructional and environmental performance criteria will be considered, allowing comparative analysis of current and possible solutions; you will consequently be required to propose solutions for your studio design project that can be rigorously justified in their application to factors such as structural performance; fire strategies; accessibility; environmental performance; fabrication and assembly. Similarly, environmental consideration of daylighting; acoustic performance, ventilation, heating and cooling will demand your justified argument for the design choices you will make. Consideration of sustainable and ecological approaches will be encouraged in recognition of the social, ethical and environmental responsibilities of the architect. You will make critical choices based upon a comprehensive overview of current technologies and regulations, and apply these to successfully meet the aesthetic, functional and structural demands of your studio project.

How will I learn on this module?

You will build upon the technology content and principles you have learned in years one and two in order to successfully apply this knowledge to your final year design projects. The production of technology and environmental reports which are aligned to these design projects will seek to evidence the critical choice and application of structural systems, envelopes, internal finishes and environmental tempering. The understanding and application of the variety of codes and regulations associated with authentic constructional and architectural practice will also be assessed via your justified synthesis of the constructional factors and choices associated with designing authentic buildings. Taught content will be based upon current good practice and technologies, informed by the programme’s close association with architectural practices. Self-directed, inquiry based learning will be supported by tailored seminars, where peer teaching and evaluation will be employed to support your learning. Weekly tutorials with the design project tutors will contribute to an ongoing conversation between students and tutors to support the application of knowledge to the assignment reports.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported with structured seminar guidance where you may discuss the rationale and application of your self-generated solutions for technological and environmental proposals. You will be expected to develop these proposals through the critical synthesis of lecture content with studio discussions involving tutors and peers. Feedback on formative work will be offered in verbal drawn forms, supplying tailored guidance for your personal designs. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate you own themes and ideas. Case study examples and technical literature will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) enabling ease of access to key information. A pastoral system will be implemented to help support student learning. The programme’s strong links with the university library offers support for all students through its physical and on-line catalogues, as well as the provision of guidance on academic skills provided by the Ask4Help service.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Demonstrate and apply a comprehensive understanding of the theories, technologies, properties, processes and legislative controls which impact the construction of buildings

KU 2. Exhibit skills of independent learning and research in the evaluation and proposal of architectural and environmental technologies towards sustainable and ecological solutions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Apply critical inquiry in the choice and design of technological solutions that synthesize formal, functional, and sustainable factors in architectural design

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

PVA 1. Evaluate, propose and employ appropriate visual and written communication methods and appropriate media to represent the analysis, critical appraisal and resolution of complex design problems

PVA 2. Develop an understanding and personal engagement with the ethical, professional and social responsibilities of a design professional within a multi-disciplinary environment

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment for learning will take place via a combination of thematically-specific studio seminars combined with tailored studio tutorials and reviews. Verbal and drawn feedback (where applicable) will be provided to guide academic progress

Summative Assessment will be through the production of a comprehensive report:

1. Technology & Environment Report (100%) KU KU3, KU4, KU5, KU8 IPSA1, IPSA2 PVA1, PVA2

Informal feedback will be offered in verbal and drawn forms which will provide guidance for the development of your work and performance.





Module abstract

This module synthesizes the learning of constructional, structural and environmental principles, processes and technologies with the development of the student’s self-directed architectural design projects. The choice of construction methods and materials in studio design projects is thereby justified through inquiry and analysis of the various technological options available, driven by the student’s approach to aesthetics, functionality and structure. The production of comprehensive technological and environmental reports consolidates learning from a blend of opportunities; research-led lectures, provided by experienced staff who have constructed buildings of a variety of types and sizes; seminars and tutorials which demand the active engagement and collaboration of students; and self-directed inquiry into the appropriate technologies which can be employed towards achieving design quality. Continual studio discussions and informal feedback opportunities are focused towards student learning and its practical application. At the end of the module, students will produce high quality, professionally communicated technological and environmental reports which will demonstrate skills of inquiry, critical evaluation and professional application that will serve as part of a comprehensive portfolio of outputs towards student employability in architecture and a host of other professions.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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