FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 104 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Architectural Research and Communication
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 104
Spring
1
2
2
3

Course Objectives This course aims to develop an initial understanding about the issues andtopics in architectural design, research and practice. It also aims to equip students with the relevant architectural communication techniques.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to discuss the general issues and topics in architectural design, research and practice
  • Will be able to classify the courses and subjects that they will be taking in the following years.
  • Will be able to analyse the relationship between architectural design and research.
  • Will be able to compare/contrast different architectural communication techniques used in architectural design and architectural research
  • Will be able to discuss basic architectural concepts as well as exploring the basic architectural vocabulary and terminology.
  • Will be able to explore different architectural communication techniques, ie. Sketching, writing, diagramming, photographing, modelling, etc.
Course Description This course aims to make students acquainted with the general topics and issues in architecture and form the basis of their knowledge in architecture. The course is structured in a way that students can learn from the expertise of the all full-time staff in the department. The weekly readings and assignments aims to introduce the very basic terminology. Each week there will be different assignments such as writing a reading response to the given reading, case studies, group work/discussion, drawing, modelling, watching a movie, movie-making and etc. Hence students will be able exercise different communication techniques in architectural design and research

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction (By Ceylan Öner and Ece Küreli)
2 What is Architectural Research? (By Ceylan Öner) Reading 1: EAAE, 2012, Charter on Architectural Research, Research report by EAAE, Accessible http://www.eaae.be/old/web_data/documents/research/120903EAAECharterArchitecturalResearch.pdf Assignment 1: Writing a Reading Response
3 Architecture and the Urban Scale (By Ece Küreli Gülpınar) Reading 2: Leite, J. & Justo, R. (2017). "Typo-Morphology: From Research to Architectural Education". In Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges: Proceedings of the EAAE ARCC 10th International Conference (EAAE ARCC 2016). Lisbon: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Assignment 2: Figure-ground analysis
4 Architecture in Towns and Cities (by Hugh Clarke) Reading 3: Tibbalds, F. (1992) Making People Friendly Towns, Essex: Longman Group UK Ltd: 87-93 Assignment 3: Sketching
5 Movie Week 1. grup
6 Public Spaces (by Özlem Akın) Reading 4: Rossi, A. and Eisenman, P., 1982. The architecture of the city. Cambridge, MA: MIT press. Assignment 4: Choosing a public space and analysing
7 Theories of Space and Place (By Burkay Pasin) Reading 5: Unwin, Simon. (2003). Constructing Place… on the Beach. Chapter 4 in Part 1: Mind in S. Menin (ed.) Constructing Place Mind and Matter. London & New York: Routledge, pp. 77-86 Assignment 5: Writing a Reading Response
8 Final Project Critiques Working on the Book Reviews
9 Movie Week 2. grup
10 Green Architecture (by Thanos Stasinopoulos) Reading 6: Francis D. K. Ching & Ian M. Shapiro, 2014, "Green Building Illustrated" by, ISBN: 978-1-118-56237-6 Assignment 6: Photo survey on vernacular architecture and climate
11 Architectural Practice (By Michael Young) Reading 7: Boyer, Ernest L., and Lee D. Mitgang. Building community: a new future for architecture education and practice: a special report. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1996. pp 3 - 13. Video: AIANational. "Ethics: From Building to Architecture." YouTube. YouTube, 19 Jan. 2016. Web. 11 June 2017. Assignment 7: Interviewing with the chosen Architect
12 Digital Design (By Güzden Varinlioğlu) Reading 8: Oxman, R. (2006). Digital design thinking: in the new design is the new pedagogy. CAADRIA 2006 [Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia] Kumamoto (Japan) March 30th - April 2nd 2006, 37-46. Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/neri_oxman_design_at_the_intersection_of_technology_and_biology Assignment 8: Digital Modelling
13 Designing for More-than-Human Entanglements (by Emre Gönlügür) Reading 9: Daniel A. Barber, "After Comfort," Log 47 (Nov 2019): 45-50. Video: "Palanga 1888" https://www.gzt.com/video/arkitekt/palanga-1888-2190191 Assignment 9: TBA
14 Design Representation (by Lale Başarır) Reading 10: Robbins, E. (1994). Why Architects Draw. Cambridge: MIT Press. (Section on Norman Foster) Assignment 10: Diagramming the chosen building
15 Final Project Final Project Submission (Book Review)
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

Given above for each week. More references will be given by each instructor during the semester.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
1
65
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
1
16
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
2
32
Study Hours Out of Class
10
2
20
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
22
22
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
90

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

X
4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

X
5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

X
6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

X
7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

X
8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

X
9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

X
10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

X

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

 


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