KA5011 - Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Architecture

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module, you will develop your inquisitive and analytical approach to architectural and design theory and will learn about the art, architectural, cultural and design influences upon and by the Modernist Movement, including its definition, origin and evolution towards contemporary interior architecture. You will appreciate and appraise the defining work of key protagonists and of key works to assist you individual appreciation, interpretation and reflection upon the historical and theoretical background of the last two centuries. Innovative and radical solutions will be appraised alongside key theoretical concepts and paradigms to assist you appreciation of the disciplines of Interior Architecture and Architecture as contributors to arts informed cultures. Your studies will thus include;

The 20th Century in context
The Modernist Movement in Europe and USA
The Pioneers and Masters of Modernism
Premises and limits of the History of Western Architecture
Theoretical approach to Modern and Contemporary Space
Place derived narrative and language
Civic, architectural and interior space
Skins, surfaces and layers
The theory of the detail
Intervention theory
The Modern and Contemporary Architect/Interior Architect
The separation and development of the Interior Architect/Architect/Engineer

How will I learn on this module?

Within this module, you will learn through a series of scheduled lectures delivered by subject specialists, student participation seminars and independent learning. The tailored lecture series will cover key themes, principles and concepts that will enable you to embark upon individual study in an informed manner. You will present ideas and key paradigms for discussion within seminars and will develop a critical appreciation of the contemporary context to interior architecture through participation in regular discourse, enriching your module specific learning and its application to your wider design based studies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Within this module, you will learn through a series of scheduled lectures delivered by subject specialists, student participation seminars and independent learning. The tailored lecture series will cover key themes, principles and concepts that will enable you to embark upon individual study in an informed manner. You will present ideas and key paradigms for discussion within seminars and will develop a critical appreciation of the contemporary context to interior architecture through participation in regular discourse, enriching your module specific learning and its application to your wider design based studies.

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 and appraise the historical significance, theoretical attributes and design principles and praxis of the Modernist Movement.

KU 2. Evaluate the cultural and contemporary contexts within which the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Architecture are defined.

KU 3. Refine an understanding of the phenomenological characteristics of Architecture and Interior Architecture within the concepts of contemporary theory.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Formulate an informed viewpoint on critical ideas and characteristics with appropriate use of architectural and interior vocabulary.

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

PVA 1. Enhance your academic enquiry, inquisitive and analytical approach to design theory through structured and managed research methodologies.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within each seminar and will be delivered in form of verbal and drawn feedback after the group presentation, as well as through informal class and individual discussions.

(MLO: KU2; IPSA1)

Summative assessment is of the 2 submitted components;

1. One 2500 word Written Assignment (70%) on a selected subject based topic taken from the lectures and seminars programme.
(MLO: KU1, KU2, KU3, IPSA1, PVA1)

2. One Exam (30%) to capture the essential historical facts and events discussed in the lecture and seminar programme.
(MLO: KU1, KU2, KU3)

Feedback will be in written form and of the final written assignment, to aid individual development and learning. Exam feedback is by grade and an open feedback session.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module provides you with an in-depth investigation into the provenience, development and heritage of the modernist movement within Interior Architecture and Architecture. Key buildings, interior interventions and paradigms will be analysed and discussed through a series of lectures, research-led group seminars and individual studies. You will increase your understand of historical perspectives, the advancements of the 20th Century and the theoretical and cultural paradigms which governed the avant-garde and developed contemporary practice. Through a knowledge based exam and a critical written assignment, you will evidence an enhanced appreciation of the link between theory, principles and art and design cultures which will underpin your studio based thinking as a consequence.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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