Undergraduate Course: On Detail (in Architecture) (ARCH10043)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Through case studies and a variety of lenses (such as historical, material, feminist, environmental, etc.), the course investigates the architectural detail as a locus for design intelligence, rigour and imagination. Instead of focusing on problem-solving and project-wide strategies, the course endorses the detail or architectural fragment as a generator and instigator of insights, exchanges and design propositions.
This undergraduate course considers the architectural detail at the interface of aesthetics, technology, performance and environment. It inverts standard design paradigms that move from the conceptual and generic to the specific and embodied, endowing the architectural detail with a measure of design intelligence. The course will investigate the detail (and the act of detailing) as a catalyst for theoretical, conceptual, poetic, political and environmental agency. Firstly, local buildings are studied through direct observation and archival documents, and used to familiarize students with key construction workflows, material assemblies, tectonic expressions, and graphical standards. Secondly, a series of lectures introduce a wide range of perspectives (such as architectural practice and building construction to feminism and material circularity), which are subsequently used to analyse, redraw and re-interpret the case studies. Finally, these investigations are used by students to formulate inventive three-dimensional reconfigurations of the fragments, components and materials studied. There will be two critical reviews of the work where work will be presented. The majority of student learning will be spent in individual research and investigation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Typical costs, as per ESALA studio courses to be anticipated. Students should budget to incur costs for drawing / model-making tools and materials.
Use of ESALA labs and workshops, together with use of their equipment, is expected.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must demonstrate an equivalent level of competency with Architectural Design 3: Explorations or Landscape Architecture Design 2B.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding, and ability to work with, the ways in which construction details are developed and can be identified, defined, conceptualised and analysed.
- Demonstrate the capacity to develop a creative work of research that consolidates knowledge, thinking and skills in architectural detailing.
- Communicate the aims, methods, findings and conclusions through a coherent, carefully considered and crafted portfolio of work.
|Schor, N., & Rooney, E. (2007). Reading in detail : Aesthetics and the feminine. New York ; London: Methuen.|
Deplazes, A. (2013). Constructing architecture : Materials, processes, structures : A handbook (Third, extended ed.). Basel: Birkhäuser.
McDonough, W., & Braungart, M (2002) Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things. New York: North Point.
Benjamin, D., ed. (2017) Embodied Energy and Design, New York: Lars Muller & Columbia University GSAPP.
Hillebrandt, A., Riegler-Floors, P., & Rosen, A. (2019) Manual of Recycling: Buildings as sources of materials (DETAIL Construction Manuals). Edition Detail.
Sontag, S. (2001). Against interpretation. London: Vintage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In Line with The University of Edinburgh's Graduate Attribute Framework, This course aims:
1. To provide opportunities to approach the task of architectural detailing with a flexible set of attitudes and approaches, engaging in how to approach learning and knowledge in this area through foregrounding your own interactions with the world around you
2. To understand the skills, abilities and attributes related to particular architectural detailing considerations mean different things in different contexts and disciplines
3. To underline a conviction in the skill of detailing which is not simply taught but developed through meaningful experiences and the processes of learning and reflection
4. To provide starting points, progress and experiences in the area of engaging with architectural details which will be unique to each student
Professional accreditation may be mapped against the following ARB / RIBA General criteria:
GC1 Ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements
GA3 Understanding of the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply
to architectural design and building construction;
GA4 Ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and
present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural
culture, theory and design.
|Course organiser||Mr Simone Ferracina
|Course secretary||Mrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802