Design Studio Project


Course Code (Undergraduate): /

Course Code (Postgraduate): 2600110

48 Contact Hours

7.5 ECTS points Credit Points

Course Description

This course engages the students to creatively respond to a specific scenario involving social, cultural and/or environmental challenges in Shanghai. Students will be led by a leading practitioner, to build skills of independent critical thinking and test intellectual ideas through a proposal. Students will have access to a variety of disciplines and are encouraged to develop multidisciplinary approaches.
This course introduces design as a speculative process of inquiry and experimentation. It involves knowledge acquisition and the preliminary development of skills to conceptualise, resolve and present well reasoned art design and architectural ideas through drawing and modelling. This course engages students with learning to design through iterative processes integrating considerations of local culture, community, precedent, site engineering and material and physical data.


Schedule and Topics

Students will work in teams with teaching staff on their team projects and on activities related to their projects.
Topics covers but are not limited to:
1. Critical design practice
2. Computation and digital design
3. Material and construction in architecture
4. Environmental and performance based design in architecture
5. Advocacy and the role of the architect and designer within critical cultural discourse
6. Advanced design techniques
7. Communication techniques


Class (Tutorial) participation (10%);
Assignment 1: Background analysis and Draft Design (20%);
Assignment 2: Detailed design (30%);
Final Design: Presentation (20%) +Drawings & Models (20%).


The course is open for postgraduate students. This course is designed to equip students with a series of skills and the mindset for exploring and communicating the art, design and architectural elements as part of the iterative design process.

Reference Books

Aureli, Pier Vittorio. (2011). The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture. The MIT Press.
Huang, Y.& Zhou Y. (2010) Visual Form Creation, Tongji University Press.
Rossi, Aldo (1966) The Architecture of the City. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Course materials (including lecture notes, supplementary readings and solutions to assignment questions) are handed out during the class.

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Course Code (Undergraduate): /
Course Code (Postgraduate): 2600110


学时: 48 Contact Hours
学分: 7.5 ECTS points
语言: English, 中文
课程开放日期:28 June 2021
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