Architecture Studio 2B demands of students a critical engagement with modern architecture and its histories. It couples the methods of humanities research, including locating and appraising sources, and constructing arguments, with the creative processes of architectural design. Students become increasingly aware of the role of the architect as an active agent in history and negotiate some of the attendant ethical, political, technical and aesthetic challenges and opportunities. In parallel with a weekly lecture series on key modern protagonists, movements and their historical consequences, students develop an illustrated essay on a topic of their own choosing, and they design a medium-scale building in a historically charged urban context. The studio project is conducted as a 'conversation' between contemporary programmatic concerns and architectural sensibilities, and the claims of the historically situated architecture that the students are required to reinvigorate.
Lectures, Tutorial and Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments. Minimum student commitment 18 hours per week.
Assessment 1: Phase 1 Studio Presentation + Essay Abstract (30%); Assessment 2: Phase 2 Studio Presentation (30%); Portfolio + Illustrated Essay (40%)
(BDES2026 and BDES1011) or BDES2010 or DESA2001 or BDES2622Co-requisites
BDES2024 or CIVL2410 or BDES2623Prohibitions