Theory of architecture and urbanism
|I. Informations générales|
|Intitulé de l'unité d'enseignement *||Theory of architecture and urbanism|
|Langue d'enseignement *||Enseigné en anglais|
|Niveau du cadre de certification *||Niveau 7 (2e cycle-MA/MC/MA60)|
|Titulaire(s) * [y inclus le coordonnateur]||
Ahmed Zaib KHAN MAHSUD (coordonnateur)
|II. Place de l'enseignement|
|Unité(s) d'enseignement co-requise(s) *|
|Unité(s) d'enseignement pré-requise(s) *||
ARCH-H-400: Design studio sustainable design|
ARCH-H-406: Post-war history of construction and architecture
|Connaissances et compétences pré-requises *||AARCH-H406: Post-War History of Construction and Architecture ARCH-H400: Sustainable Design Studio For outside Bruface: BA & MA1 level courses in history & theory of architecture & urbanism, and design studio|
|Programme(s) d'études comprenant l'unité d'enseignement||
- M-IRARE - Master en ingénieur civil architecte (4 crédits, obligatoire)|
|III. Objectifs et méthodologies|
|Contribution de l'unité d'enseignement au profil d'enseignement *||
This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:
|Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *||
With the ambition of bridging the educational trajectories of architectural sciences, urbanism and design, this advanced course in the theory of architecture and urbanism aims to develop the capacity of students for critical reflections and integrative design thinking in order to comprehend the multi-scalar complexity of our built environment, and critically conceive and appraise / reflect upon future transformations (sustainable architectural and urban projects).
The general OBJECTIVES of the course include:
|Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *||
In addition to a synthetic overview of the evolution and current state of ‘theory’, architectural ideas and urbanistic concepts underlying the spatial articulations, visions and models of the ‘Cities of the Future’ (COF, a selected set) are presented and explained in a thematic way. A particular focus is given in the course to contemporary themes (such as, sustainability, research by design, digitalization, utopianism, urbanisms, spatial quality, critical regionalism, place-making, etc.) and the link between theory and practice. Ex-cathedra lecture presentations and a selected set of key texts on these aspects are provided and discussed in the class (theory seminars). The course places a particular emphasis on taking stock of the recent proliferating efforts at imagining the future of Brussels and its sustainable regional development plan. These insights are further deepened through specialist guest lectures, the students’ reading and writing exercises, and the research by design sessions, which are valorized in the form of a scientific paper as the final outcome of the course together with an oral exam.
|Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *||
The course methodology comprises the following teaching and learning activities:
A series of ‘ex-cathedra’ lectures provide a paradigmatic overview of theories of architecture and urbanism with a focus on integrative design thinking and COF. Specifically designed sessions are dedicated to ‘Theory seminar’ – to improve the reading, writing, critical analysis and reflections skills of the students - in which key selected texts and projects are discussed and peer-reviewed. Special ‘guest lectures’ acquaint students with contemporary research and practices, in particular, related to the future of Brussels. The RbD sessions are dedicated to analysing selected projects (architectural – urban; international - local) through design based research, thinking and reasoning, which are valorised as a final paper assignment in the form of a ‘scientific paper’.
|Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) *||Non|
|Autres supports de cours||
|Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *||
A. Krista Sykes, ed., Constructing a New Agenda: Architectural Theory 1993-2009 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).
Ahmed Z. Khan and Karen Allacker, eds., Architecture and Sustainability: Critical Perspectives for Integrated Design (Leuven and Den Haag: ACCO Press, 2015).
Carola Hein, The Capital of Europe: Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (Westport (CT): Greenwood/Praeger, 2004).
Charles Waldheim, ed., The Landscape Urbanism Reader (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).
Donna Goodman, A History of the Future (New York: The Monacelli Press , 2008).
David Pinder, Visions of the City (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005).
Harry F. Mallgrave and David Goodman, An introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
K. Michael Hays, ed., Architecture Theory Since 1968 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998).
Kate Nesbitt, ed., Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965-1995 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996).
Korydon Smith, ed., Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a discipline (New York and London: Routledge, 2012).
Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty, eds., Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller, 1995).
Peter Cathorpe, Urbanism in Age of Climate Change (Washington DC: Island Press, 2011).
Peter Hall, Cities of Tomorrow (Oxford and Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1999).
Pier Vittorio Aurelli et al., eds., Brussels – A Manifesto: Towards the Capital of Europe (Rotterdam: NAi Publisher, 2007).
Robert Fishman, Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier (Cambridge (Mass.): The MIT Press, 1982).
Tigran Haas, ed., Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond: Rethinking Cities for the Future (New York: Rizzoli, 2012).
Vincent B. Canizaro, ed., Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity, and Tradition (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007).
|Méthode(s) d'évaluation *||
In order to ensure integrated learning, students are assessed both individually and in groups, as well as in writing and orally. Students are assessed in groups through the thematic writing exercises and the final paper, which together counts for 60%. Active participation is expected in the peer-review process and presentations, which underpin the development of these exercises and the final paper. For the individual level assessment, a final exam (oral, based on the final paper and the content of the course) is held that accounts for 40%.
Importance of the various learning activities in the grading system *
For the 2nd sit exam (June/August): For unjustified absence from group assignments during the semester and regular exam, there is no opportunity offered for the 2nd exam in June or September of the same year (Article 61, 28, 29 & 30 of the ULB exams and juries regulation). However, if a valid, legitimate and convincing reason(s) are presented in writing (with proofs) a 2nd sit can be arranged for the student, at the titular's discretion. Such students will have to do the 2nd sit exam individually. First, they will have to make an appointment with the titular soon after the deliberation to discuss their eligibility and define a date for final exam (written 60%) followed by a Q&A (oral 40%).
|Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *||
The students work in groups during the ‘Theory’ seminars and the ‘research by design’ (RbD) sessions, including seminar exercises and the final paper assignment:
Theory Seminar Exercises (TSE) – 15%: after reading, moderated discussion and peer-review of the provided text for each thematically organised seminar, the writing exercises comprises preparing a short text (1000 words max.) that provides a critical review followed by outlining the main position of the group viz-à-viz the theme.
RbD sessions and the final paper – 45%: from the provided list of architects/urbanists and projects, the groups present their selection in the first RbD session, including the identification of primary and secondary sources. The next two sessions are dedicated to in-depth analysis and the articulation of the main thematic position, which is supported by the input from seminar exercises. The first full draft paper is presented in the last session for peer-review and feed-back. The submission for the final paper is due at the notified date (usually 10 days before the exam). The final paper is a critical text+images (5000 words max.) in which a thematic (design) argument is scientifically developed, and substantiated through the analysis of the selected work, and complemented by further research in literature on that specific thematic.
Final exam - 40%: Oral, based on the final paper and the content of the course, is held that accounts for 40%.
|Langue d'évaluation *||
|V. Organisation pratique|
|Institution organisatrice *||ULB|
|Faculté gestionnaire *||Ecole polytechnique Bruxelles|
Premier quadrimestre (NRE : 17338)
|Horaire *||Premier quadrimestre|
|VI. Coordination pédagogique|
Course Titular: Prof. Ahmed Z. Khan
|Lieu d’enseignement *|
|VII. Autres informations relatives à l’unité d’enseignement|
|Retour aux détails du cursus|