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Module Code: ARC403
Module Title: Applied Technology in Architecture
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module introduces the mutually-challenging relationships between architecture and advanced technology which have characterised architecture and construction throughout history. It examines and explores case studies of architectural impetus on technological innovation, as well as case studies of advanced technology applications in the design, representation, evaluation, project management, construction and operation of architectural projects.
Learning outcomes 
A.Develop computational design strategies that relate construction, structure, services and materials to spatial and human conditions, and building user’s requirements.

B. Design key elements, components and assemblies and integrate them into architectural design proposals, taking into account use of materials, constructional technologies, structure, environment and services.

C. Present an environmental impact assessment for a building or infrastructure proposal.

D. Manage occupant comfort in buildings and the building-occupant interaction.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures, seminars and workshops

Group tutorials including visits to sites and or workshops/factories.

Consultancy support in Semester 2.

This module offers students insights into cross-fertilisations between architectural practice and technological innovation. Both historical examples as well as current applications of technology in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry are discussed. The module addresses selected topics in the areas of:

• Architectural design

(such as technology used to enhance the design process, to support creative speculation, generative systems, rationalisation methods etc.)

• Architectural representation

(such as techniques and technologies in architectural visualisation, digital modelling, digital fabrication etc.)

• Design evaluation

(such as testing based on physical and digital models)

• Architectural project management

(such as project scheduling techniques and tools, project estimations, planning and resource management, BIM workflows and data sharing, etc)

• Architectural construction

(such as CAD tools in construction planning, in-situ and prefab construction techniques and related technologies, automation and robotics in the construction industry, applications of mobile and wireless computing etc.)

• Building operation

(such as tools for life-cycle assessment, adaptive architecture and intelligent buildings)

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   26        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework Interim Submissions 40.00
2 Final Submission 60.00

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