KA6013 - Detail, Assembly & Integration

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will advance your comprehension of the relationship between structural and constructional technologies existent within the given context and that of the inferred interior intervention. Using your own design project work as a point of reference, you will also explore the implications of environmental and systems design upon your proposal; investigate the impact of sustainable design upon space, fabric and constructional technology; and demonstrate the integration of environmental systems within design. It provides you with opportunities to develop individual attitudes and critical choices towards fit out, material assemblage and integration technologies in relation to a studio based design project. Your studies will include:

Design and construction integration
Human scale interior detail and fixture
Material properties
Assembly; standardisation and craft fabrication
Structural alteration in existing buildings
Acoustic, ventilation, thermal control and design integration
Environmental technologies and control - high & low-tech solutions
Alternative energy systems
Application of regulatory frameworks - Heritage, Accessibility & Fire strategies
Case studies

How will I learn on this module?

The thematic lecture programme will develop upon your understanding from previous study and cover the key issues in relation to an advanced understanding of detailing and the assemblage of materials. The lectures and supporting seminars will combine formal presentations with group and individual discussions and exercises related to technological and environmental solutions to support your studio based design projects. The production of your technology and environmental report which is aligned to your design project will seek to evidence the critical choice and application technological and environmental tempering.
Visits to buildings under construction or in occupation will be made wherever possible to demonstrate applications and implications on design and you will be encouraged to carry out independent learning to reinforce the taught concepts and conditions to develop your own knowledge.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning will be supported through the lecture programme content and structured seminar sessions which will allow you to discuss approaches to 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. Feedback on formative and summative assignments will be offered in verbal, written and drawn format which will provide advice for further development and appraisal of your work and performance. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in seminars and independent learning will enable you to investigate your own interests and ideas.
All module material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to and we operate an open door policy to help support student learning when it is needed most. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help Online 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. Articulate the theory and principles of building technologies, from the human scale interior fit-out to its integration within an existing building, with cognisance of regulatory frameworks and environmental systems.

KU 2. Critical evaluate the integrative nature of technology with consideration of primary, secondary and fit out approaches to the design of built space and their impact on interior architecture.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Critically apply the properties and meanings of materials and their use, and process of assembly, and health & safety considerations that guide the design of interior adaptations.

IPSA 2. Articulate an advanced ability to discerning and applying appropriate manual and digital visual communication methods and media towards the production of architectural drawing conventions and models.

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

PVA 1. Critically analyse problems, and use innovation, logical and lateral thinking to form considered judgements about the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social qualities of an idea within the scope and scale of an immediate and wider context.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within site visits, group seminars and individual tutorials to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection towards all module learning outcomes.


Summative assessment is of the technology and environment report submitted;

1. Technology and environment report
(4000 words equivalence)
KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1


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

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module provides opportunity for a detailed study of technology and environmental principles within the context of interior architecture that is directly related to studio based projects. The module will focus on the technology to support the advanced selection, understanding and assemblage, detail and materiality of intelligent interventions into existing architectural space. You will examine both practical and thematic issues of environment and sustainability based upon existing architectural examples and explore the way in which technology and environmental design is considered and integrated in practice. You will have the opportunity to examine technological and environmental issues in more detail by application, and as complementary to your design projects work through the production of a report directly linked to your design project. Formative assessment will take place through a series of tutorials and seminars. Summative assessment is of a design project related technological and environmental report comprising of drawing packages and supporting work, which will demonstrate your skills of inquiry and critical evaluation.

What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will advance your comprehension of the relationship between structural and constructional technologies existent within the given context and that of the inferred interior intervention. Using your own design project work as a point of reference, you will also explore the implications of environmental and systems design upon your proposal; investigate the impact of sustainable design upon space, fabric and constructional technology; and demonstrate the integration of environmental systems within design. It provides you with opportunities to develop individual attitudes and critical choices towards fit out, material assemblage and integration technologies in relation to a studio based design project. Your studies will include:

Design and construction integration
Human scale interior detail and fixture
Material properties
Assembly; standardisation and craft fabrication
Structural alteration in existing buildings
Acoustic, ventilation, thermal control and design integration
Environmental technologies and control - high & low-tech solutions
Alternative energy systems
Application of regulatory frameworks - Heritage, Accessibility & Fire strategies
Case studies

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

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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