Architecture Design Studio 6 engages students in complex projects that critically examine issues of architectural design in a theoretical, speculative, or research-based manner. Projects shall require a higher degree of autonomous work by students, who after five previous studios can direct a line of inquiry and sustain it through design work over a full semester. Projects in this subject shall challenge students to draw upon the full range of knowledge acquired and developed over the preceding Bachelor of Architecture studies. The creation of well-developed, comprehensive design solutions that are informed by previous subjects is expected. A second Urban Studies component shall be tightly integrated with Studio 6. "Cities and Design" in this subject will focus on the role of designers in the urban outcomes of cities today and into the future, identifying and discussing principles from Urban Studies 1 and the impacts of technology, environmental awareness and social responsibility on the rapid urbanisation of the world. The course will include a broad examination of planned cities, as opposed to those that have evolved, as well as discussion of the mutual relationship between architecture and our perception of a city's overall character. Students will work individually and in teams through workshops and exercises to develop content awareness and application.
1. Conceptual abstraction, research, 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 urban context and medium/large-sized building scale (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, construction systems, materiality 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 hand, digital, 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. To develop understanding and knowledge of sensory aspects of architecture, and the phenomenology of experience paralleled by the measurement of the environment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.6.1 and 3.6.2).
7. Urban Studies7. Develop and demonstrate an awareness of the broader cultural, social, environmental and political context in which architecture is practised, including issues of local and global planning considerations and an understanding of the history of practice of urban design and issues of city planning (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.2.1, 3.3.1, 3.4.1, 3.5.1 and 3.6.1).
8. Develop an understanding of cities and urban form, their morphology, scale, components, and interactions and the reasons for differences between urban conditions (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.1, 3.3.1, 3.5.1 and 3.6.1).
9. Dissemination of urban research and analysis, and the resulting application of design principles at the scale of the city communicated via appropriate large-scale representation techniques (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.6.2 and 3.7.2).