Undergraduate Course: Researching Places (DESI10118)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will investigate an historic site within the city of Edinburgh using a variety of research methods. Through this work, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the site, its historic evolution, its impact on people, its purpose and sense of place. Students will then use this knowledge to produce a proposal for the future of the site, either written or design-focused, setting out what they feel should happen to it.
This course involves students attending a series of lectures where the fundamentals of a variety of research methods in relation to conservation and placemaking will be explained and discussed. Initially working in groups, students will then use lecture content in order to undertake research into a site in Edinburgh, exploring it from a variety of different positions - historic, ethnographic, emotional, urban context, and so on.
Students will then take the findings from this research and use these to generate and support an individual proposal for a response to the site in its current state. This individual response could relate to an addition to, intervention in or removal from some aspect - or all - of the site, in order to support the latter's sense of place. The individual design response could take the form of a written piece, a design intervention, or a curated event, among other possible options.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Sketch book, basic model making materials, general printing for interim presentations and printing of final submission document (approximately £40 max)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge that integrates the principal theories and concepts of relevant research methods in relation to an historic site.
- Apply knowledge gained from practice of relevant research methods to inform and develop a solution to an historic site using suitable design techniques.
- Critically present design proposals in a professionally relevant and innovative manner.
|Martin, Bella. Universal methods of design: 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solutions. Rockport, 2012|
Hollis, Edward. The Secret Lives of Buildings. Portobello Books, 2010
Jokilehto, Jukka. The History of Building Conservation. Routledge, 2002
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research, group working, portfolio presentation
|Course organiser||Ms Rachel Simmonds
Tel: 0131 221 6130
|Course secretary||Ms Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713