COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Architectural Design Futures
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 338
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course will explore means of impact such as accelerating technologies, social changes, cultural and economic aspects on the future of architectural design. Lectures and assignments will encourage students for building visions of what the future holds for their profession. The course will emphasize probable aspects of change in life including emergent industry needs, and how rapidly developing technologies (the sensor technology, big industries turning into Apps, 3d printing etc) are about to affect the industry over the next 15 years. In this course the student will develop an understanding of future forecasting in terms of how the building practice is being reshaped by information technologies.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to transfer their understanding of future forecasting to their own profession.
  • will be able to develop an improved skill level in making projections for the future of architectural practice.
  • will be able to search through their own knowledge to develop a fairly deep understanding of the accelerating technologies
  • will be able to effectively present their visions through their unique projection abilities using appropriate presentation models.
  • will be able to act as change agents themselves.
Course Description Throughout the semester, the students will be introduced to concepts that will eventually be shaping their profession as architects. Lectures will be interactive in order to engage students in the creation of visions of the possible futures. At least two assignments for each student will be expected throughout the semester. Assignments will be based on forming and presenting visions of the future. Assignment submissions will be in media using current technologies apps, videos etc. The research documents created in class will help understand what the future holds for architectural design. The end product for this class will be a project displaying possible futures for architectural design. Possible formats for display may range from infographics to moving pictures or an architectural design concept to urban depictions etc.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Syllabus overview: introduction, attendance and time keeping. Introduction
2 Why deal with the Futures? Implications of Dematerialization
3 Responsive Architecture Reading Response to the article
4 Kinetic Architecture Homework assignment
5 Architects who envisioned the Futures
6 Midterm I / Presentations
7 Virtual Worlds/Cyberspace
8 Augmented Reality enhancing Architectural Design Assignment #2: Prepare your own manifesto
9 Architecture in Labs Reading Response to the article
10 Information Technology(IT) and Architecture
11 Manufacturing Beyond IT Presentation: Research & Projections
12 Midterm II
13 Student Presentations (Future Projections) Project Presentation
14 Student Presentations & Review of the semester Project Presentation
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials • Manifesto of Futurist Architecture(Florence) Lacerba, August 1, 1914 Antonio Sant’Elia • Brayer, M-A, Migayrou, F., and Fumio, N., 2005: ArchiLab's Urban Experiments:Radical Architecture, Art and the City, Thames & Hudson Ltd, London • Flachbart, G., Weibel, P., 2005: Disappearing Architecture_ From Real to Virtual to Quantum, Birkhäuser-Publishers for Architecture, Basel, Switzerland • Mitchell, W.J., 1995: City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusettes

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
2
10
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
2
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
8
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
4
64
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
2
3
Presentation / Jury
2
3
Project
1
8
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
2
5
Final Exams
    Total
110

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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