SPECIAL TOPICS IN TECHNOLOGY
2018/2019, Semester 1
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
To embark on Thesis preparation, you have to develop a critical preamble which will lead you to the problem. This is an important first step, as the problem does not yet exist. You have to uncover and define the problem; to bring the problem into light. In short, you are problematizing. The process of problematizing is very different from the process of solving a pre-defined problem. For the former, you have to suspend your beliefs and assumptions while for the latter; you construct the problem on personal assumption. The former is reflective and exhibits the critical nature of design work. Therefore, for thesis preparation, you are required to employ reflective and critical skills to articulate the design problem in a comprehensively researched study.
Architectural Design Research Report is thus problem definition in research writing (5,000 words). It is only when you have sufficiently understood the nature and contingencies of the existing problem to identify a suitable thesis vehicle, that the selection of possible site and a suitable brief is required to underpin it as an Architectural Thesis.
Architectural Design Research report is a rigorous module comprising the following key activities:
Research Report: Acquisition of knowledge through in depth research works and appropriate precedent studies that underpin the theoretical basis of the thesis.
Critique: Description of a problem and evaluation of acquired knowledge.
Problem Statement: Succinct statement of the fundamental aspects of the problem.
Hypothesis: Condensation of the Problem, is delineated in terms of a small set of no more than 2 to 3 key issues that can only be addressed through architectural or urban design intervention.
Programme Formulation: Identification of an appropriate design vehicle through a suitable programme brief.
Site Selection: Systematic analysis of possible sites and evaluation of alternative urban design strategies.
Preliminary Design Studies: Conceptualize an architectural or urban design part in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed programme on the selected site.
Architectural Design Research Report is an iterative process. Although the various constituent activities listed above are shown to follow one another, in practice they do not occur in linear sequence or within clear boundaries. Moreover, this does not obviate the need for method in an academic inquiry. You should also reflect, evaluate and criticize your findings to unearth contradictions embodied within knowledge systems located between current realities and past histories. You are encouraged to apply your critical skills to uncover significant contradictions because they provide the basis for exploring the architectural project.
The purpose of the research report is to establish that you have sufficiently identified and understood a problem that can be re-framed as a hypothesis for design intervention. You are expected to show that you have the skills, access to information and other resources to tackle the problem in the time available. Only then will you be allowed to proceed to the design stage.
Non architecture students
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week