KA6017 - Contemporary Influences on Architecture

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What will I learn on this module?

This module seeks to provide you with a deeper understanding of contemporary theories of architecture, building upon the content taught in previous years. Elaborating on your background on architectural history and theories developed in level 4 and level 5, you will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to architecture and learn to think independently. Hence you will develop analytical and critical skills that will aid you in the formulation of judgments. This formulation will be founded on knowledge of theory as well as on personal observation and experience. This module will present and introduce you to the different trends that sustain contemporary practices in architecture. You will be able to build a personal critical framework to help you reflect on your own design work and the work of others.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be looking at contemporary architecture through alternating lecture series. A series of lectures will focus on the work of contemporary architects selected for their unique contribution to the discourse of architecture. Another series of topical lectures will discuss more general theories that will provide a background for questioning current practices. Theoretical texts will be integrated into these lectures to provide you with a larger framework of thinking .You will learn also through assignments that are designed to develop your analytical and critical skills. These assignments will help you to fully appraise contrasting approaches, synthesise a coherent argument, and present it in a well-structured written format. You will develop a personal framework of information and references which will be used to articulate viewpoints and opinions regarding historical and contemporary influences on architecture.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include verbal feedback from tutor during smaller group tutorials to clarify the content of taught material and assignments. Lectures will be available online at the University’s eLearning Portal so that they can be used for your personal work all year long. Feedback will be provided after the submission of assignments.

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. Analyse contemporary architecture and understand the larger context in which it emerges.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Articulate a critical and reflective approach in the work you produce and towards the work of others.

IPSA 2. Evidence advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of the artistic and cultural context within an articulated viewpoint.

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

PVA 1. Reflect upon current practice to develop and reinforce personal development.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take the form of regular group discussions, in order to apply principles of theoretical context, demonstrating the application and interpretation of those principles.

Summative assessment is of the 2 submitted components;

1. Critical appraisal (30%)
500 word written/graphic case study analysis

2. Written Assignment (70%)
3000 word (equivalent) theory paper

Feedback will be offered in verbal and written form to provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of work and performance.
Moderation of summative assessment will take place at the end of the module.





Module abstract

‘Contemporary Influences on Architecture’ will expose you to different approaches to architecture that are currently used in professional practices. You will be presented with the history and theories that lead to the production of current architecture, understanding what each embeds and aims at. From a personal point of view, you will build a critical framework that will enable you to engage with contemporary architecture with an independent mind.

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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