Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Design Studio VI

Design Studio VI
5.5
8104
4
Second semester
OB
Project Planning Module
Projects 1
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: English

Teaching staff


Workshop teaching staff :

BATLLE, Jaime

CUELLAR, Álvaro

PICH-AGUILERA, Felip

UGALDE, Iñigo

Introduction

The Projects course in the fourth year (Projects 5 and 6) represents a final opportunity, before tackling the Final Project, to put into practice everything that students have learnt during the course in terms of both technical and more creative and imaginative aspects.

After the first two courses, in which small-scale projects were proposed, and the third one, in which we turned out attention to housing projects, the fourth course represents an opportunity to step up in scale again and propose assignments that demand an urban outlook; in other words, where the optimum resolution of the proposed programme entails reflection on our surroundings, and the design of a public facility in detail, including its constructive details. 

The course teaches the students the tools and methodologies of the contemporary urban project undestood as architecture of place, in a moment which public interventions have the need to reform and give solutions to selective interventions which in themselves can generate synergies from architectural buildings and the city.

The course is led by professors of the areas of Urbanism and Projects which work hand in hand to give the student the necesarry knowledge to give solutions to contemporary challenges at the scale of the urban project and civic architecture.

Pre-course requirements

To have passed Projects 3 and 4 (third year)

Objectives

1. The ability to create architectural projects that meet both aesthetic and technical demands;

2. Sufficient knowledge of the history and theory of architecture as well as the arts, technologies and human sciences associated with them;

3. Knowledge of Fine Arts as a factor that can influence the quality of the architectural design;

4. Sufficient knowledge of urban development and urban planning and the techniques used during the planning process;

5. The capacity to understand relationships between people and buildings and between these and their surroundings, and the need for there to be a relationship between buildings and the spaces between them in terms of human needs and on a human scale;

6. The ability to understand the profession of architect and its role in society, particularly with regard to the planning of projects that need to take social factors into account;

7. Knowledge of the research and preparatory methods for construction projects;

8. An understanding of the problems of structural design, construction and engineering associated with building projects;

9. Sufficient knowledge of the physical problems, different technologies and purpose of buildings so they can be equipped with the appropriate internal conditions of comfort and protection from climate factors;

10. The ability to design to meet the requirements of the users of the building while respecting the boundaries imposed by budgetary factors and building standards and regulations;

11. Sufficient knowledge of the industries, organizations, standards, regulations and procedures necessary to turn a project into a building and to integrate plans in the overall planning.

Competencies

  • 34-T - Ability to design, practice and develop basic and execution projects, sketches and blueprints.
  • 35-T - Ability to conceive, put into practice and develop urban projects
  • 36-T - Ability to plan, practice and develop construction management.
  • 37 - Ability to develop functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.
  • 38-T - Ability to intervene, maintain, restore and renovate heritage buildings.
  • 39-T - Ability to eliminate architectural barriers
  • 40 - Ability to express architectural criticism.
  • 41-T - Ability to find solutions for passive environmental conditioning, including thermal and acoustic insulation, climate control, energy performance and natural lighting.
  • 42 - Ability to catalogue buildings and urban heritage and plan their protection.
  • 43-T - Ability to produce safety, evacuation and protection plans for buildings.
  • 44-T - Ability to produce civil works projects.
  • 45-T - Ability to design and execute roads and urban development, gardening and landscaping projects
  • 46 - Ability to apply urban planning ordinances and standards.
  • 47-T - Ability to prepare environmental and landscaping surveys and plans to correct environmental impacts.
  • 48 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the general theories of form, composition and architectural typologies
  • 49 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the history of architecture.
  • 50 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the study methods for the processes of symbolization, practical functions and ergonomics.
  • 51 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the study methods of social needs, quality of life, habitability and basic housing programmes
  • 52 - To acquire adequate knowlege of the environment, sustainability and the principles of conserving energy and environmental resources.
  • 53 - To acquire adequate knowledge of architectural, urban development and landscaping traditions of Western culture, as well as their technical, climate, economic, social and ideological foundations
  • 54 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the aesthetics, theory and history of Fine Arts and Applied Arts.
  • 55 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the relationship between cultural patterns and the social responsibilities of the architect
  • 56 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the principles of vernacular architecture
  • 57 - To acquire adequate knowledge of urban sociology, theory, economy and history.
  • 58 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the methodological principles of urban planning and metropolitan and regional development.
  • 59 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the mechanisms of preparing and managing urban development plans on any scale.
  • 60 - To acquire knowledge of civil, administrative, urban planning, building and professional regulations.
  • 61 - To acquire knowledge of feasibility analysis, supervision and coordination of integrated projects.
  • 62 - To acquire knowledge of property valuation.

Syllabus

The contents of this subject reflect the objectives described above in order to develop the required competences (34-T, 35-T, 36-T, 37, 38-T, 39-T, 40, 41-T, 42, 43-T, 44-T, 45-T, 46, 47-T, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61 and 62):

- Basic and execution architectural projects, sketches and blueprints.

- Urban projects.

- Aspects that affect the site management of architectural projects.

- Drawing up functional programmes for buildings and urban spaces.

- The intervention in, conservation, restoration and rehabilitation of heritage buildings from a planning point of view.

- Architectural barriers.

- Architectural criticism within the project

- Passive environmental conditioning, thermal and acoustic insulation, climate control, energy performance and natural lighting in architectural projects.

- Cataloguing of buildings and urban heritage and planning their protection from a project-based perspective.

- Plans for security, evacuation and protection in buildings.

- Civil works projects.

- Urban roads and urban development projects, gardening and landscaping.

- Urban planning ordinances and standards.

- Environmental and landscaping surveys and plans to correct environmental impacts.

- General theories of form, composition and architectural typologies and their use in architectural projects.

- The influence of the general history of architecture on planning.

- Symbolization, practical functions and ergonomics in architectural projects.

- Social needs, quality of life, habitability and basic housing programmes.

- The environment, sustainability and the principles of conserving energy and environmental resources in architectural projects.

- Architectural, urban planning and landscaping traditions in Western culture: their technical, climatic, economic, social and ideological foundations in terms of architectural projects.

- The impact on architectural projects of aesthetics and the theory and history of Fine Arts and Applied Arts.

- The relationship between cultural patterns and the social responsibilities of the architect in architectural projects.

- Vernacular architecture and architectural projects.

- The architectural project and urban sociology, theory, economy and history.

- The architectural project from the perspective of the methodological foundation of urban planning and metropolitan and regional development.

- Civil, administrative, urban planning, building and industrial regulations with regard to professional practice.

- Feasibility analysis, supervision and coordination of integrated projects.

- Property valuation.

These 28 sections are, in turn, the learning outcomes that will be expected of students when evaluating their competences.

Teaching and learning activities

In person



TRAINING ACTIVITYCOMPETENCESECTS CREDITS
Class exhibition
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,66
Class participation
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,66
Clase practice
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,72
Tutorials
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 0,72
Individual or group study
34-T 35-T 36-T 37 38-T 39-T 40 41-T 42 43-T 44-T 45-T 46 47-T 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 2,75

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person



According to the educational activities, their teaching and learning methods and their relationship with the competences that students are expected to acquire, the evaluation system will revolve around examinations or partial and/or final objective tests, short-answer tests, results-oriented evaluation, individual and/or tutored exercises, the presentation of research work for appraisal, oral presentations, the level of active participation, exercises and projects.

We also work with a system of continuous assessment whereby “every week counts” and the evaluation criteria for exercises and tests put a priority on creativity and critical depth, intelligence, the fascination it exerts, the capacity to analyse and summarize and the level of scientific rigour and professionalism (erudition, precision, meticulousness, punctuality, presentation and correct typography, orthography and syntax). During the course students will also be encouraged to take an active part in class, which will also be evaluated, and of course the attendance level and interest shown by the student will also be rated.

The qualification system is defined in accordance with current legislation, as described in Article 5 of ROYAL DECREE 1125/2003, of 5 September 2003, on a numerical scale of 0 to 10, with one decimal point, to which the corresponding qualitative grade can be added:

0-4.9: Fail (SS).

5.0-6.9: Pass (AP).

7.0-8.9: Pass - Good (NT).

9.0-10: Pass - Excellent (SB).

Bibliography and resources

DEPLAZES, A. Construir la arquitectura. Del material en bruto al edificio. Un manual. Editorial Gustavo Gili 2008

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