UP-167 Architectural Design (5) - Integrated Project

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Landscape Design and Planning
3rd Year, sem 1, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 6P | ECTS Credits: 5
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh. Radu Canciovici
Teaching Staff:
Asist. Dr. Arh. Anca Rusu; Lect. Dr. Urb. Peis. Andreea Bunea
Learning outcomes:
- Familiarization with the issues generated by the program "collective housing":
• Acquiring skills regarding the establishment of the real potential of a land in close connection with the urban regulations of the area.
• Understanding the organization of semi-collective housing located in urban areas and the extent to which the context immediately influences its compliance at the functional and aesthetic level.
• Familiarization with a series of typical features of the housing units that make up a semi-collective home - internal compliance, types of apartments.
- Applying the acquired knowledge in a case close to reality.
- The use of sketches / study sketches and detail in the design process, as the main working tool.
In the first instance, the students must analyze the particularities of the plot and its potential, as well as the relevant neighborhoods of the land so that later, by correlating with the urban regulations specific to the area, they will be able to propose a building for a semi-collective house located on this lot.
Based on this analysis, we will proceed to the elaboration of the architecture project. All apartments will strictly respect the minimum surfaces imposed by the Housing Law and will benefit from storage spaces (closet, pantry, built-in closets, dressing room). Also, the apartments will be equipped with bathrooms and toilets, having as minimum benchmark the legislation in the field.
The theme avoided the specification of a clear and detailed working method, as it should be specific to the personality of each student. However, there are a number of steps that should be taken:
• Documentation / complex analysis of the site using various means as appropriate: site visit, study of urban plans and regulations establishing the construction conditions in the area, images / photo collages, historical, sociological, economic - real estate studies, as well as program documentation in itself, that of collective housing.
• Establishing the relevance of the information obtained and implicitly the extent to which they will influence the elaboration of the topic, as "input" data.
• Establishing the solution and analyzing how it can be materialized, respecting the main data of the topic. In this phase, the "lines of force" of the adopted solution will be established, from the general volume to the functional schemes.
• The repeated correlation of the volumetric seen from the volumetric spatial perspective with the characteristics of the sheltered functions, considering that most of the changes made on the functional schemes will be reflected in volumetry, but also vice versa, the changes brought to the volume will influence the proposed part. The process must continue until the ideal compromise is reached.
• Finally, the suggestive wording of the solution, so the transposition of the project in a palpable form, easily legible.
The management of these stages (their succession, the return and reconsideration of some depending on the changes that occurred at a given time, the amount of time allocated for each phase) is a matter of personal organization, except for the documentation phase which will obviously be the first, but which will extend throughout the project.
The degree of detail for each piece will depend on the working scale.
The writing will be done in a manner at the student's choice after the obligatory consultation with the workshop guidance team.
Teaching Method:
The workshops can contain: exercises, corrections and lectures.
The grading of the projects will take into account the final result - the project, as it is taught, the activity from the workshop and the documentation book.
In order to be promoted, the project must obtain a passing grade (minimum 5, unrounded grade) for each of the evaluation categories mentioned above (project, evolution of the workshop activity, documentation booklet). Thus, not handing over the documentation book or the project entails non-promotion. Only projects that meet at least 50% of the corrections can be evaluated. Projects that will be taught with medical exemptions instead of workshop activity will not be evaluated. The minimum number of corrections refers to the project itself. Attendances only at workshop exercises or presentation of documentation sheets will not be considered corrections for the project. Only the physical presence in the workshop or at the online meetings is not equivalent to the activity and will not be recorded on the tracking sheet. Workshops for which he was absent motivated must be recovered within the limits of the availability of workshop guides. Medical exemptions do not take the place of participation in the workshop. The motivation of the absences can be done only immediately after the students have been absent, following strictly the UAUIM procedure (presentation deadline, conditions, visa at the medical office, etc.). Requests to motivate absences will be accompanied by medical exemptions covered by the UAUIM office and will be submitted within a maximum of 7 working days from the event.

Exceptional situations must be communicated to the workshop supervisors as soon as they occur.
At the beginning of the workshop hours, individual exercises can be carried out. The exercises last a maximum of one hour and can be graded. The project can be carried out, as the case may be, in teams of at most two students. If the team cannot be formed, the projects can be elaborated individually.
The mode of development (individually or in teams of no more than two students) is specified in the theme launched at the workshop.
The project will take place online or in a hybrid system. The projects, exercises and documents submitted for correction will be uploaded online on a drive that will be indicated during the project. The loading of the documents that will be presented at the correction will be done before the beginning of the workshop hours. The online meetings will be held on Zoom. Students will make sure they have functional microphones and cameras. During the workshops the rooms will be turned on. The microphones will be turned on at the request of the workshop guides. Communication with students will be done through the Whatsapp platform and / or through the platform that will be provided by UAUIM.
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