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ARCH11-212: Architecture Design Studio 2


This subject introduces students to the urban realm. As such, students learn to respond to the opportunities and contingencies presented by urbanity, and develop sensitivities for contextual relationships of building forms, adjacencies, and programmatic scenarios. Projects will address concerns and desires of the public realm, including environmental considerations, adaptive re-use and the creation of public spaces. Key organizing principles and conceptual design ideas shall be explored that integrate and elevate fundamental spatial and planning elements, including circulation, program, climatic response and structure. A fundamental level of tectonic integration of material, structure and construction shall also be achieved. Students will be capable of building upon their foundational knowledge in semester one and expand their capacity for design thinking as a means of addressing increasingly complex spatial, programmatic and contextual scenarios. A technology component is integrated in this subject which will introduce a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding in primary construction and structural systems, through an in depth analysis of specific materials. Studies shall involve tectonics of materiality and construction, together with the manufacturing and fabrication processes involved. The material qualities of weight, colour, surface, reflectivity, luminosity, transparency, opacity, translucency, resonance and solidity are investigated alongside their mechanical, material and structural capabilities and properties. Principles in the consideration of material employment, such as measure, proportion, composition, integrity, energy, economy, climate, durability, weathering and context are also explored. Projects will be undertaken in co-ordination with design studies, and connections between the historical developments in building technology shall be linked to architectural history. Representational techniques used to communicate construction systems shall be explored and integrated via concurrent studies in digital design.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in May 2020: $10,020

Learning outcomes

1. Conceptual abstraction, analysis, understanding, identification and observation of site, context, people, precedents and scenarios in regard to one's design work (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
2. Demonstrate an ability to develop articulate, considered, creative, thoughtful, climatically astute and contextual formal responses to architectural scenarios, particularly in relation to the public realm and an urban context (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
3. Develop a fundamental understanding of key organizational spatial and planning strategies in plan and section and their relationship to circulation, climate, structure and programmatic adjacencies (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
4. Demonstrate an ability to develop and test a variety of sensitive design solutions in 2D and 3D, communicated via a growing repertoire of hand, oral and written techniques (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.1, 3.7.2).
5. Demonstrate effective communication, collaborative and organisational skills in a group setting (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2).
6. Demonstrate understanding of basic-to-mid level complexity structural and construction systems, tectonics and their manufacturing, assembly and fabrication methods and organisational implications (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2).
7. Ability to represent construction and technical assemblies with 2d and 3d forms of representation (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.1, 3.7.2).
8. Demonstrate understanding of application of appropriate materials in assembly and construction systems and how technological and environmental design involve the resourcing, configuration, and deployment of material in a variety of contexts (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.7.2).

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  • Study Abroad Students

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