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Module Code: ARC112
Module Title: Architectural Technology and Innovation
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module introduces students to historical developments and contemporary theories of architecture and civil engineering. It provides an introduction to the principles and practice of building design technology and construction procedures within the overall framework of an architectural design concept. Students are offered a broad understanding of modes of collaboration and innovation between the fields of architecture and engineering.

In this module, students develop the ability to analyse, understand and creatively employ skills of research, analysis, problem solving and communication, with a particular focus on using drawing as a catalyst of interdisciplinary exchanges.

Students are introduced to a variety of buildings at different scales, which students will thoroughly research and analyse.
Learning outcomes 
A recall and describe historical and contemporary theories of architecture and civil engineering

B recall and describe major periods of Western and Asian architecture as well as their key formal, structural and constructional features

C identify, analyse and report on construction materials, construction methods and construction processes in the design and construction of buildings

D demonstrate ability to employ various presentation and drawing techniques

E apply knowledge of architecture and engineering to resolve basic design tasks

Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Field trips will be scheduled subject to availability. Students will research and analyse case studies in detail and present their analysis in a final report. Short exercises integrating architectural and engineering components will be conducted in addition.
Lecture themes include the following topics:

• Introduction to buildings, their design and construction from the perspectives of both architecture and civil engineering

• Case study analysis introduction

• Drawings as a means to communicate – within and between disciplines

• Anatomy of a building construction process

• Gothic focus on materials and structure vs. focus on geometry in Renaissance

• Baroque and Classicism: relationship between form, performance and perception

• 19th century engineering and revivalism

• Tectonics

• Modernism: implications of concrete, steel and glass, 20th century pioneers in architecture and engineering

• The digital revolution in architecture and engineering

• Interdisciplinary collaboration for innovation – and how to prepare for it

• Contemporary pioneers in architectural engineering: Calatrava, Foster, Wells, Arup, Happold, Sasaki etc.

• Linear workflows and interdisciplinary challenges in contemporary China

• Discussion sessions between architects and engineers
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation And Report 30.00
2 Report 70.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 9:27:09 PM