Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)
LABORATORY FOR SPATIAL EXPERIMENTS (CONTEMPORARY DESIGN PROCESS IN ARCHITECTURE)AFO125

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Professor Abelardo Gonzalez, Abelardo.Gonzalez@arkitektur.lth.se, Inst för arkitektur och byggd miljö. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: The tasks carried out being judged to be completed satisfactorily and at least 80% attendance in lectures and classwork, at seminars and during paricipants’ presentation of their results. Written exams: 0. Further information: If less than 10 students apply for the course, it might be cancelled.

Aim
The aim is to provide a deeper understanding of the development of contemporary architecture and to furthering a both open and critical view regarding current theories of design. Also to learn how best to describe design processes in picture and text form.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Contents
The course, which requires critical and analytic reading of relevant literature, aims at providing an understanding of changes that have occurred in contemporary architecture as based on an understanding of the design processes within architecture that are being followed today.
These design processes are of both linguistic and visual character. Different types of texts and pictures are to be used as a means of representing the design processes employed by a variety of different contemporary architects. The course is to involve a discussion of problems that architects today need to contend with in their designing work. Each student is also to carry out an individual investigation to be reorted in a short paper. The overarching idea the course takes up is that of developing an open definition of the design process. The openness here relates to certain contemporary philosophical ideas that upon which the theoretical foundations of the course are based.

Literature
Each participant will be provided a list of literature appropriate to the investigation he/she is to carry out, together with a list including literature of relevance to all of the participants.