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Module Code: ARC203
Module Title: History of Asian Architecture
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
To introduce students to Asian architecture with its associated technologies, cultural connections and urban settings and its development from ancient times to the twenty-first century.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify and exemplify main periods and principal features of Asian architecture and urban development, with a focus on China.

B Relate Asian built forms to an understanding of the influence of architectural history and theory on the spatial, social and technological aspects of architecture.

C Apply and present specific methods of building survey and documentation.
Method of teaching and learning 
The module uses lectures and readings, case studies and field trips to explain key developments in Asian architectural and urban history. Essays test individual learning and presentational skills. Drawing exercises help students to form a visual memory of architecture. An examination tests students' learning and invites students to discuss how they relate historical architectural developments to their own designing and design thinking.
The module provides an introduction to architectural history, from ancient times to the present. The history of built architectural form is introduced with selected references to associated theoretical discourse. The module focuses on the Chinese architectural

tradition, and includes some additional materials on the wider Asian architectural context such as Indian and Japanese architecture. The module further briefly introduces the history of urban design and key concepts in Asian town planning. Key topics for the module include: Chinese traditional architecture and the courtyard house typology; Traditional Chinese timber construction and the Yingzao Fashi; Chinese gardens; Traditional Chinese vernacular architecture and Settlement layout principles; Chinese imperial urban planning principles; Buddism Architecture in Asian ;Japanese traditional architecture; Indian Mughal and Rajput architecture; Meiji architecture and Modernism in Japan; Chinese architecture from the late Qing dynasty to WWII; Introduction of Modernism in Chinese architecture and urban planning through the Sovjet influence; Chinese architectural development from the 1960s into the 21st century.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 32.5    6.5      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final-Exam 40.00
2 Cw 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 5:27:20 PM