Architecture and Culture: Casus

Course Code :1064FOWARC
Study domain:Architecture
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:The student enrolling for 1064FOWARC should register for 1053FOWARC + 1052FOWARC + 1011FOWARC.
Contact hours:112
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jan Thomaes
Tom Cortoos
Gert Van Echelpoel
Gustaaf Cornelis
Patrick Viaene
Dirk Laporte
Geert Driesen
Jan Meersman
Carolien Pasmans

3. Course contents *

module cultuur

The course unit "casus" 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 "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.


The thematic introduction deals with culture-related objects, about art history and actuality, about words and philosophical thoughts.

The "casus" is gradually built up of four related exercises. During the project days during the first class week, students individually work on a short assignment that is initiated and supervised by the teachers. The emphasis is on searching for associative relationships between a word, a utensil and an autonomous work of art, and the perceptual reflection on this. The contemplative study calls for an insightfulness and, in particular, an empathy and visionary-utopian imagination, presented in an attractive layout.

tools assignment 1 :  The seminars photoshop offered in 1BA.

The second assignment also starts in the first lesson week and includes an individually written report on visits in Antwerp (first week) and in Brussels (day excursion a few weeks later). The walks and exhibitions in both cities widen the knowledge and insight into city and culture, and stimulate critical reflection and social involvement. This assignment anticipates the non-operational learning line of Research and Writing, and closes at the end of the semester.

tools assignment 2 :  If necessary the student can switch the"UA Taal Monitoraat".

From the second week on, an architecture and artistic object from Western history, are both to be studied by a small group of students, are viewed, compared and described, and if possible, scetched by hand and photographed. Texts and articles about both are analyzed, critically synthesized and rewritten, substantive concepts are outlined manually. Culture-related objects (cf. the colleges of Art history), concept-related concepts (cf. the colleges of  Art history and philosophy) and architecture-related elements (cf. the colleges of Art history and style analysis) form the thematic substructures. The reference buildings from ancient and recent history, often by examplary designers, are examined in their representation and relevance in terms of social condition, in their significance for the broader philosophical-cultural discourse, in the constructional composition and design.

The"casus  analysis" stimulates the ability to situate in a larger extent the architecture among other expressions of culture, as well as the ability to measure  what and why of a particular architecture object in a certain period at a certain place, as being able to interprete and formulate ideas such as  'appropriate building', and the ability to handle concepts such as size, precision, hierarchy, timelessness, autonomy, generosity, decorum, beauty, etc.

tools assignment 3 : The renewed introduction to the use of analogue and digital libraries  is helpful  to the research. The weekly session of scetching  outlines what has been learned in the first year, if possible, an interior and exterior fragment of a public building is chosen to sketch. The weekly sessions of  digital imaging further focus on the ability to develop and shape the analysis. If necessary the student switches the UA Taal  Monitoraat 

During the project days during the seventh week, students in group work on a short fourth assignment under the supervision of teachers. It focuses on architecture-related elements. It is requested to view an interior of one of the analyzed buildings, to copy the inner space in a large scale model, to substantially change the space, and to photograph the different  phases.

tools assignment 4 : No specific tools, free expression.