10 Credits SPRING

Co-requisites: ARC150

Aims/Description: ARC104 concerns the reciprocal relationship between architecture, the built environment and society, exploring the issues through a broad range of case studies. It will focus on a range of buildings, mainly dwellings. Through a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach, cases will include, for instance, vernacular, indigenous and everyday buildings to show how architecture worked when people built for themselves directly without recourse to building specialists and mechanised technology. The course seeks to establish that architecture works through different categorisations, such as style, symbolic references, typologies, use, materiality, meaning, structure, layout, form, but also through the framing of human activities and rituals. The cross-cultural approach prompts the question if there are aspects that remain specific to a local context and if in some cases, some of these can be regarded as universal, or not.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Notes: This module, forming part of the BA (Hons) degree course in Architectural Studies, is recognised and approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects for exemption from Part 1 of the RIBA Examination in Architecture.

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