COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Contemporary Architectural Discourse
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 403
Fall/Spring
3
0
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 By focusing on selected basic texts that address the interdisciplinary nature of architectural discourse and thinking, the aim of the course is to inculcate students' critical thinking abilities in architecture.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To use the basic elements of contemporary architectural discourse at an international level
  • To read and analyze contemporary architectural texts
  • To make architectural interpretations in the light of the theoretical texts covered in the course
  • To express architectural thoughts in verbal and in written form
Course Description Lectures and discussion based on chosen texts on postmodernism, regionalism, globalization, gender, technology and space

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction of course topics Theory and Practice in Contemporary Architecture: Contradiction or Compromise?
2 Theory and Practice in Contemporary Architecture: Contradiction or Compromise? Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
3 From modernism to postmodernism Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
4 Semiotics and phenomenology Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
5 Historicism and critical regionalism Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
6 Project on Contemporary Architects: Each student will examine the works of a contemporary architect in terms of its theoretical foundations and ideas and submit a three-four page report. In class, the students will present their work and have a discussion. Homework Submission/ Presentation
7 Feminist and queer critique in architecture Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
8 Impact of globalization on architectural discourse Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
9 Sustainable architecture Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
10 Project on mega-events shaping the contemporary architectural discourse: Each student will examine a particular mega-event and how it has advanced/shaped/reflected on the contemporary architectural discourse. Students will submit a three-four page report. In class, students will present their work and have a discussion. Homework Submission/ Presentation
11 Digital Morphogenesis: Deleuze and Genetic Algorithm Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
12 Biomimicry and Biophilic Design Readings/Discussion/Worksheet
13 Project on Building Tall: Creating Vertical Sustainability in the City, students will research sustainable skyscraper design and choose one such building project to review and critique . Students will submit a three-four page report. In class, students will present their work and have a discussion. Homework Submission/ Presentation
14 Debate on the future trends in the contemporary architectural discourse Discussion
15 Review of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester
Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials C. Greg Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory (Sage Publications 2012). Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 2003). Charles Jencks, The Iconic Building (New York, Rizzoli International, 2005). Paul L. Knox, Cities and Design (New York: Routledge, 2011). Ariane Lourie Harrison, Architectural Theories of the Environment (New York: Routledge, 2013). Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaaron Sprecher (eds) Architecture in Formation: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture (London: Routledge, 2013). Harry Francis Mallgrave and Christiana Contandriopoulos, eds. Architectural Theory: An Anthology from 1871-2005, Volume II (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2008). Malcolm McCullough. Digital Ground (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005). John Reader, Cities: A Magisterial Exploration of the Nature and Impact of the City from Its Beginnings to the Mega-Conurbations of Today (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press 2004).

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
16
16
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
24
Presentation / Jury
3
15
Project
3
45
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
30
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
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
1
Presentation / Jury
3
2
Project
3
6
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
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.

 

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.

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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