The course unit "casus" is the essential preparatory part of the module Architecture and Culture. Some theoretical courses are thematically linked to the "casus", and to a large extent form the thematic basis for the design part. In this way, theoretical knowledge will always be transferred to (professional) reality, ensuring a competence-based approach. The theory is therefore related to case that in turn underpins the architectural design.
The "casus" always refers to reality. The "casus" allows students to explore the cultural dimension, or the why of the built environment, and their own position in it, and learns to design investigatively with sufficient attention for precision, intuition and emotion.
Learning different tools to research and design is interwoven in the courses. They are not separate course units but are built up systematically throughout the entire Bachelor's program.
Since the course units within a module are closely interrelated, both substantively and organisationally, they must be followed simultaneously. "Casus" and design are individually supervised and assessed, and can be resit separately.
The theory and "casus" of this module initiate a culture-based design attitude. In the "casus" typological, phenomenological and historical research is carried out.
The research into the intentional choice - or the reason - of building, and into the appearance, in a broad context, of an existing architecture object (and artwork), is the concrete question. On the basis of architecture themes, a concept of space and tectonic composition is examined and further explained.
The developing reference and conceptual framework legitimizes a theory formation and models an identity. In each paper and presentation, the student uses the correct terminologies with the appropriate communication skills.
The thematic introduction of the semester deals with culture-related objects, about art history and -actuality, about words and thoughts.
The use of the analogue and digital libraries has been explained in 1BA.
The student can always call on the MOM "academic Dutch" of UA.
The first sessions "schetsen" (sketching) (comes under 1011 FOWARC culture design)
The work sessions Adobe and digital imaging further elaborate on the skills to develop and shape the analysis.