Ephemeral Design - DESG5202

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Hooman Talebi checkmark-circle


Non-permanent architectural structures have a long history, form and function changing with technological developments and shifting societal needs and desires. In this module students will investigate this development through lectures and seminars and practice based exercises. Nomadic tent structures, market stalls, festival stages and stadium shows that arrive in a dozen articulated wagons will be investigated in terms of social context, habitation and transportation. The structural geometry of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes and tensegrity will inform student's work with an emphasis on craft and simple engineering. This will involve hands on exploration of materials, structures, construction techniques, fixings and function. Finding out how structures remain stable, students will engage in thinking and learning through making. Multiple re-use and environmental sustainability will be an important consideration.
Students will design and develop modular systems that can have various functions and applications. For example; exhibition stands, display units, pop up retail units. The modular system will be experimental and may be realised in a combination of materials at different scales.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Total private study hours: 252
Total module study hours: 300


Compulsory to the following course: BA Spatial and Interior Design

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
100% Portfolio

Reassessment methods
Reassessment instrument: Like-for-like

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Conduct research and learning into the subject of temporary, mobile, and modular spaces and environments.
Produce spatial design work which demonstrates a clear understanding of materiality, detailing, fabrication and environmental factors
Generate and apply dynamic and original concepts applied meaningfully to a design process and outcome
Demonstrate and integrate an awareness of sustainable values and concepts throughout process and project
Articulate detailed spatial design at a variety of scales including small scale details and prototypes.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a capacity for information gathering techniques using a wide range of sources, providing visual, contextual and industry case study research
Systematically plan, carry through and manage a project programme in a given time
Reflect critically on own ideas by becoming more open and acquainted with unfamiliar ideas and practices and material processes
Use Information and Communications Technology
Prepare and manage well-supported critical analyses (written, visual and oral) and practical presentations based on theory and practical projects


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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