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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Sustainable Design Project (ARCH11041)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is a studio based course that addresses key issues of urban and sustainable development. We focus a single design project for the duration of the course. You will form sustainable design strategies based around adaptation, infrastructure, resilience and environmental response.
Course description Architectural design projects are often misunderstood as having a conclusion in a resolved proposition, revealed in at an increasing level of detail. Instead through a series of specific design narratives you will learn skills that will help you to intervene in the built environment in a creative way.

These design narratives connect to encourage lucid and deeply informed design proposals. It gives you knowledge and skill to deploy sustainable solutions and strategies that have both breadth and depth.

You have opportunities to work collaboratively in groups and also develop your individual response to design contexts and programmes. Your work will follow the aims and objectives of the course but also can be moulded to your own professional background, skills and experience.

It is a studio based course that engages with the built environment at a series of scales. You will be encouraged to use a variety of digital and physical media. Learning and teaching will be delivered primarily in the studio with site and study visits an integral part of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Sustainable Design Methodologies (ARCH11039)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  27
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 98, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 290 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You are asked to complete a design portfolio that curates a series of tasks set during the course. It counts for 100% of the final mark for the course.
The portfolio submission addresses all the learning outcomes of the course.
Feedback Formative feedback is given to you during the course to help you understand the learning material and assist you in the assignments we ask you to do.
This course is based around a series of a minimum of 3 tasks with outputs paced during the semester. You will receive written formative feedback for each task as they are completed. You have the opportunity at the end of the semester to revisit all your work in relation to the formative feedback you have received prior to the final portfolio submission.

This course is delivered largely through studio tutorials, workshops and reviews during which you will receive verbal feedback as your work progresses.

Summative feedback is given on a finished piece of assignment work that advises you how well you have performed in terms of the aims and objectives of the assignment and overall in relation to the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain experience of conducting a structured design research project in which programme, site selection and design decisions grow directly from the research.
  2. Acquire the facility to frame design proposals that respond to programmatic, contextual and sustainable criteria.
  3. Develop the ability to merge a quantitative sensibility of performance with a qualitative understanding of experiential and ephemeral concerns towards the design of a proposal.
  4. Develop advanced communication and representational skills that reconcile the complexities and often competing demands and scales of sustainable design.
Reading List
Douglas Farr: Sustainable Urbanism, urban design with nature
Howard Liddell: Ecominimalism
Guy Battle and Christopher McCarthy: Sustainable Ecosystems
David Gissen: Subnature, architecture┬┐s other environments
Nishat Awan & Tatjana Schneider & Jeremy Till: Spatial Agency, other ways of doing architecture
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research, analyse and creatively respond to design problems that require the assimilation of information from a wide variety of sources, utilising the expertise of related professionals;
Acquire experience in applying research methods and techniques to make value judgements in the creation of sustainable design strategies;
Develop an ability to develop creative design strategies informed by considered sustainability criteria;
Have a capability to articulate programmatic and technical criteria within a diverse spectrum of architectural cultural contexts;
Display proficiency in understanding sustainable design criteria sensitive to place and programme.
Communicate effectively with others using appropriate modelling, graphic, verbal and written techniques;
Communicate the rationale of a design proposal through oral presentation and using graphics and models, in the context of design practice;
Present a design proposal using various media and contribute to the curating of an exhibition;

Additional Class Delivery Information studio tutorials as advised
Keywordsstudio architecture sustainable design project environmental
Course organiserDr W. Victoria Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 9450
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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