Design Studio Project
Course Code (Undergraduate): /
Course Code (Postgraduate): 2600110
48 Contact Hours
7.5 ECTS points Credit Points
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
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
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.
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.