MArch students only
OverviewThe module's objective is to promote independent and critical thinking as well as advancing research skills. The module focuses on methodologies of research in the context of the cultural discourse and architectural theory from the mid-twentieth century onwards. This module will constitute an introduction to research methodologies leading to an understanding of how different constituencies of society view contemporary culture. A series of lectures will introduce different research approaches and methods. The assignment will comprise an investigation into a particular methodology or approach as assigned.
Method of assessment
Essay (3,000 words) (100%)
Borden, I., Ruedi, K. (2006). The Dissertation: An architectural student's handbook. (Second ed.) Amsterdam: Architectural Press.
Colquhoun, A. (2002). Modern Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Curtis, William J. R. (1987). Modern Architecture since 1900. London: Phaidon.
Forty, A. (2000). Words and Buildings. London: Thames & Hudson.
Koolhaas, R. (1994). Delirious New York: A retroactive manifesto for Manhattan (New ed.). New York: Monacelli Press.
Frampton, K. (2007). Modern Architecture: a critical history. London: Thames & Hudson.
Mallgrave, H., Goodman, D. (2011). An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Rowe, C., & Koetter, F. (1983). Collage City. Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT Press.
Venturi, R., Scott Brown, D. (2007). Learning from Las Vegas (New ed.). Abingdon: Routledge.
8.1 A knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
8.2 A knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture
8.3 A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
8.4 A critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design.
9.1 Problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances
9.2 Independent thought about the subject and ability to rationalise the principal directions taken
9.3 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills
9.4 An ability to formulate a research proposal with its appropriate methodology
9.5 An ability to communicate and discuss cultural context topics effectively
9.6 An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
9.7 An ability to argue rationally and to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument.
9.8 An ability to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically