STUDY GUIDE 2018/2019 -TILBURG

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CONTENT

During the 4th year studio, graduate students work on their own personal and authentic project during one full academic year.

The studio embraces and stimulates self learning. Insight comes from the many skills, products, criteria and levels that are required to cope with fluid processes under changing conditions.

 

All students, in architecture and in urbanism, have the same process-based format of analysis/research during the first months and synthesis/design during the rest of the year. Supporters of the process are a personal tutor outside MA+U, coaching and work meetings by two MA+U tutors (J.W. van Kuilenburg and P. Feenstra) and assessments at MA+U.

 

Several operatives are embedded in the graduate processes that generate a self learning environment:

1. every student operates at the center, in-between MA+U and a personal tutor,

2. the assignments have a proven societal urgency,

3. the assignments look ahead beyond graduation,

4. the process stimulates self learning,

5. team work is key, as design does not happen in isolation,

6. the students are able to adapt and tune their working methods.

 

Each student has a free choice between two formats: individual or team driven. Teams can consist of 2 or more students. The studio is organized along a complete research & design process through five phases with presentations and rubrics-based assessments: 1. survey, 2. project specifications (incl. hypothesis), 3. programmatic-spatial (conceptual) design, 4. preliminary design, 5. definitive design, 6. exam.

The planning creates a safe process in which students have the opportunities to perform and excel.

 

The personal subject is a geography (like a city, corridor, enclave or province, etc.), a theme or a specific assignment that is in urgent need for re-development, re-thinking and re-design through informed, design based strategies and interventions.

 

Throughout the year the graduate students organize six public MA+U lectures with invited experts that will fuel creativity. The studio becomes a cloud of knowledge and awareness in which all students produce collective and individual discoveries and mutual insights with feedback and feed forward. The strategies and designs have some common ground, are somehow interrelated and cover urgent, societal key issues of the upcoming generations.

 

BASIC LITERATURE

- Masterplanning Futures - Lucy Bullivant

- The Urban Masterplanning Handbook- Eric Firley & Katharina Groen

- Design Thinking. Process and Methods Manual - Robert Curedale

- SMLXL – Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau

- Dat is architectuur, Sleutelteksten uit de twintigste eeuw - Hilde Heynen, André Loeckx, Lieven De Cauter.

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Course specific literature and suggested reading:

All students define a literature list within their project outline, which is tuned to their own project. The list is subdivided into categories like project domain, geography, philosophy, history, architecture, urbanism, sustainability, etc.

 

RESULTS

Each personal project is based upon a thesis, an informal theory and a project outline with urgency and complexity which leads to an integrated architectural and/or urban design. Hypothesis, applied research, theory and design are established, complete, connected and well communicated.

The products are a fully documented authentic design by various urban and architectural scale levels, various models, a publication worthy essay of 2000 words and a logbook that unveils the personal path through the process.

 

EXAMINATION

During the year five assessments take place at the tipping points between the five phases, by means of a pro-active rubrics self evaluation format together with all participating students and tutors.

The exam at the end of the year is presented before an exam board and all fellow students. All presentations, arranged in a seminar format with all students present, deliver stacked feedback and feed forward including grades. The diploma grade is the average of all assessments with a 3-fold weight of the exam.

 

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2018-2019

GRADUATION STUDIO

30

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1, 2, 3, 4

Weekly, Friday from 09:30 – 17:30

Jan Willem van Kuilenburg, Pieter Feenstra, individual tutors and visiting critics

Competence assessment  Workshop, studio, lectures

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OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Graduation Studio work are a comprehensive assessment of abilities and skills to prove sufficient mastering of the competences:

- Design: The student is able to design sustainable (technically, socially and culturally substantiated), attractive and well-functioning buildings and environments within the formulated assignment.

- Research: The student is able to do applied research. He/she is also able to formulate an informal theory by reflecting on practical experiences, and to translate this theory again into practical applications (‘reflective practitioner’).

- Collaborating: The student is able to collaborate independently as a designer and project leader in a multidisciplinary context with other experts during a design / realization process.

- Organizing: The student is able to lead the organization of projects involving several internal and external experts, in a multidisciplinary context.

- Professionalism: The student is able to act in a professional way and to present himself in a multidisciplinary context.

- Communicating: The student is able to communicate – in writing and in images – with a variety of target groups in a multidisciplinary context.

- Enterpreneurship: The student is able to present his own organization in multidisciplinary contexts, based on an enterprising attitude.

 

All aspects of the Qualifications Directive for Architects are involved. Some of these have a strong emphasis in the practice related part of the curriculum and can be dealt with on a less comprehensive way in the graduation studio work.

(1) ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements;

(2) adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and the related arts, technologies and human sciences;

(3) knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design;

(4) adequate knowledge of urban design, planning and the skills involved in the planning process;

(5) understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment,

and of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale;

(6) understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take account of social issues;

(7) understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project;

(8) understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design;

(9) adequate knowledge of physical problems and technologies and of the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate;

(10) the necessary design skills to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations;

(11) adequate knowledge of the industries, organizations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning.

 

COMPETENCES

Design, Level 3, Research, Level 3, Collaborating, Level 3, Communicating, Level 3, Organizing, Level 3, Professionalism, Level 3