Course Title: History Asian Architecture and Urbanism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History Asian Architecture and Urbanism

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1025

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ARCH1025

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016

ARCH1332

City Campus

Postgraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

ARCH1332

City Campus

Postgraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Anna Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252975

Course Coordinator Email: anna.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

1st three year (undergraduate) of the architecture program

Currently enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program (from 2013)

 Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the pre-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For you information the RMIT Course requisite policy can be found at

http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse/Staff/Administration/Policies%20and%20procedures/Academic%20and%20research/Course%20approval%20amendment%20and%20discontinuation/Course%20requisites%20policy/
 


Course Description

‘Asian Architecture and Urbanism’ is a selective and strategic study of architecture and urbanism in Asia that integrates history, theory, professional practice, technology, and design with a particular focus on how the study of the Asian city can be applied to our work as designers and practitioners. Although the subject matter (or laboratory) is ‘Asian’ architecture and urbanism, it is intended that the issues, references, tools and strategies will resonate with conditions in other cities (such as Melbourne).

‘Asian Architecture and Urbanism’ is an induction (or reminder) as well as a preparation for your Major Project. You will have the opportunity to test the techniques of different research streams so that you may critically select future Upper Pool studios, electives and identify supervisors for your ‘Major Project’ or further postgraduate study.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning is an interactive, participatory process involving you, your teachers and other students. The success of the class depends on the levels of input from all the participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of a selected range of social, cultural political and environmental issues and the influences they have exerted on the development of architecture within the selected region.
• Demonstrate an basic understanding of important similarities and differences between contemporary western architecture and the architecture of the region.
• Identify, assess and synthesise relevant design precedent and the contextual issues specific to the particular region and communicate that through verbal, written and visual presentations.
• Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed arguments on a complex range of architectural precedents, issues and situations.
• Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge as a component in the development of a personal attitude to the relationship of architectural design and a cultural, political matrix.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed arguments on a complex range of architectural problems and situations
• Master an advanced body of knowledge and specific research and technical skills, demonstrating judgement by challenging and extending this knowledge in architecture through your design work
• Research and examine a large range of local and international architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural context and relevance to design in order to form a reasoned position and apply this through design
• Professionally communicate, transmit and defend complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media to specialist and non-specialist audiences
• Identify, critique and apply a comprehensive body of knowledge in relation to the legal, economic, social and political context of the practice of architecture and its regulation as a profession.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. These may include:

• Accessing, comprehending and synthesising remote mode, on-line study material.
• Group and individual work preparing case studies which explore key precedents and themes specific to Asian Architecture and Urbanism.
• Group and individual work preparing case studies which explore a particular major Asian city.
• Formal presentation and participation in discussion of the outcomes of that work.
• Conference mode lecture and workshop presentations run by guest lecturers.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University has extensive resources for Architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/architecture

The library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help through your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott gwen.scott@rmit.edu.au
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include a series of three set exercises across the semester and then a final verbal presentation of that work and the submission of folio of completed work in week 13.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liason Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment