Architecture and Culture: Design

Course Code :1011FOWARC
Study domain:Architecture
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:The student must have obtained a credit 1003FOWARC and 1041FOWARCto subscribe to 1011FOWARC. The student enrolling for 1011FOWARC should register for 1053FOWARC + 1052FOWARC +1064FOWARC
Contact hours:112
Study load (hours):252
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Credit required to obtain degree: Credit required: Yes
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jan Thomaes
Tom Cortoos
Gert Van Echelpoel
Gustaaf Cornelis
Erik Wieers
Dirk Laporte
Geert Driesen
Jan Meersman
Carolien Pasmans
Jan De Bie

3. Course contents *

module cultuur

The course unit "ontwerp" (design) is an essential part of the module Architecture and Culture. The general principle of the module is that some theoretical courses are directly linked to the course unit "casus", and also thematically influences the architectural design to a significant extent. In this way, the theoretical knowledge will be transferred to the (professional) reality, which will ensure a competence orientation. The theory is closely related to "casus" that, in turn, underpins the architectural design.

The "casus" always refers to reality. The "casus" allows students to explore the culture dimension, or the reason, of the built environment, and their own position in it, and learn to design by research with sufficient attention to intuition, precision and emotion.

The students reach a synthesis trough the architectural design. They learn to approach the spatial problematics integrally, but always within a context clearly defined by teachers.

Learning different tools to study and design intersects in the various courses. Thus, they are not separate courses but are systhematically built throughout the entire bachelor program.

As the courses within a module are closely related to each other, these courses must be followed simultaneously at a first registration. The courses are supervised and assessed separately, and may be retaken separately.

In developing and materializing analyzes, designs, ... in the form of assignments, scale models, models, ... students can realize this work in the studios  of Antwerp University. If the student wishes to use a tool, machine, ..., this can only be done with the permission of the lab manager. In some cases, the student can only use a device after following a course. In any case, the student must follow the applicable agreements and safety regulations.

content "ontwerp" (design)

The theory and case of this module initiate a culture-based design attitude that is related to the current social context, and from which a hypothesis for the future is formed. The typological and phenomenological-historical research of architecture gets an application in the design. The intentional choices - the reason - about building and the appearance of an architectural object in a physical environment, form the concrete issue. The scale of the individual and of the city is central. Using architectural themes, a concept of tectonic composition is developed and elaborated with a related materialization. The evolving reference and conceptual framework legitimizes the theory formation and models an identity. At the presentation, the students use the appropriate terminology with the appropriate communication skills.


A Revit (Elsie De Vos): The sessions Revit build on the knowledge gained during the previous module to adequately elaborate the design. Revit depends on section "presentatie".

B sketches (Mieke Robbe, Sanja Zovko): The weekly session sketches continues on the previous one and focuses, if possible,  on the site where the design is situated. Sketching depends on section "proces".

C discours Eigen Ontwerp (own design) 3 (Erik Wieërs, Gert Van Echelpoel) : The first lecture (in 1 BA) included a theoretical explanation of the substantive and graphical aspects of referring to existing images. In a second lecture the basic principles of typography and layout are discussed. It deals with the macro, meso and micro level of typography and layout in publications and other graphic designs. Discourse belongs to the section "presentation".