Year 5 of the M.Arch course involves entering one of the vertical ateliers with Year 6 students on the Design Studio 5 module. Year 5 is also characterised by a focus on the urban (since, as Henri Lefebvre described in The Urban Revolution, we live in an fundamentally urbanised world) and you will engage with two approaches: in Sustainable City Ecologies, and in Urban Strategies. The Critical Study module allows you to start preparing for your Year 6 thesis design project through a theoretical written piece of research.
The modules of Year 5 are:
Design Studio 5
Design Studio 5 is delivered through the Atelier system. Please see the Atelier pages for more information.
Through seminar presentations, urban theory and case study analysis students are asked to consider a wide range of urban development models in historical and contemporary contexts. Nominated through discussion and developed by individual research students present a case study analysis of urban master-planning relevant to the themes of the concurrent year 5 studio module. Using this research you will develop an Urban Strategy for your parallel Design Studio 5 project.
Sustainable City Ecologies
The module explores theoretical models of the city, drawn from across urban planning,
landscape and architecture, with a focus on contemporary theories of eco-urbanism, landscape urbanism and the sustainable city. You will explore the role of the built environment professional in the development and communication of innovative and creative solutions for the role of the physical city in the future global evolution of cities and meeting the key challenges of environmental sustainability and social equity.
Given the part-time nature of the course, the Critical Study module provides a platform for you to develop a piece of research which may the foundation for your Year 6 thesis design project. Through a range of seminars, events, and the production of digital and printed material, you will collectively explore a broader theme before identifying aspects of individual concern.