2018 Architectural Theory for Urban Space

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Instructor(s)
Tsukamoto Yoshiharu 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-8(M1-314)  
Group
-
Course number
ARC.D447
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2018/4/6
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

A different topic is established every year at the intersection of cities and architecture, and the relevant topic is analyzed from multiple perspectives such as field work, literature surveys, case studies, statistics, and interviews, such that the content can be examined as a spatial problem. Each student follows his/her own interest, presents the survey results that delve into the topic, then receives diverse feedback from the instructor and students. This is repeated several times, and finally as a whole class the results are collected into a booklet. Each class is like an editorial conference for a book, where the whole class becomes an urban think tank.
The goal is that through the above process, students become involved with urban spaces from the architecture side of things, create improvement strategies, express these with visuals that use architectural techniques and critical architectural language.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will learn:
1) The historical perspective to place architectural design in the broader context of urban spaces, etc.
2) Logic structure for creating societal discussions
3) The structure and use of critical architectural language to bridge the gap between cities and architecture

Keywords

Architectural design, Urban space, Contemporary society, Critical language

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each student follows his/her own interests, presents the survey results that delve into the topic, then receives diverse feedback from the instructor and students. This is repeated several times, and finally as a whole class the results are collected into a booklet.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Announcement of the theme. None required
Class 2 Organize several working group based on different direction of research by students. None required
Class 3 Report of literature research None required
Class 4 Report of case studies None required
Class 5 Report of statistics None required
Class 6 Report of interviews None required
Class 7 Report of field survey None required
Class 8 Build critical language with "Actor Network Theory" None required
Class 9 Organize several working group based on intervener strategy by students None required
Class 10 Build a spacial idea by intervener strategy None required
Class 11 Consider problems produced by the spacial idea as feedback. None required
Class 12 Consider protocols of intervener strategy None required
Class 13 Presentation of a booklet design including both of research and intervener strategy None required
Class 14 Consider problems produced by the booklet idea as feedback. None required
Class 15 Final critique None required

Textbook(s)

None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoot et al. Made in Tokyo : Kajima Publishing, ISBN-13 : 978-4306044210
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto et al. Comonalities : LIXIL Publishing, ISBN-13 : 978-4864800099
Atelier Bow-Wow. Graphic Anatomy : TOTO Publishing, ISBN-13 : 978-4-88706-278-8
Atelier Bow-Wow. Graphic Anatomy2 : TOTO Publishing, ISBN-13 : 978-4-88706-340-2
Tokyo Institute of Technology Tsukamoto-Lab. Pet Architecture Guidebook, ISBN-13 : 978-4846523275
Tokyo Institute of Technology Tsukamoto-Lab. Windowscape -Window Behaviorology- : Filmart, ISBN-13 : 978-4845910588
Tokyo Institute of Technology Tsukamoto-Lab. Windowscape2 -Window Genealogy- : Filmart, ISBN-13: 978-4306070899 

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on contribution in each class and a final result.

Related courses

  • ARC.D424 : Theory of Architectural Space and Planning

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed Architectural Space and Planning(ARC.D424).

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