Interior Architecture Studio: Unstable Space (11031.1)
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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
|School Of Design And The Built Environment
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Promoting the provocative, expansive and contemporary potentials of unstable space, the unit proposes to interrogate, design and test unstable spaces as relational and performative co-agents in the generation of valid and valued designed environments. Proposing a dynamic relation between the built environment and the anthropological condition, the studio investigates the complex relations between space, form and object as they relate to 'spaces of spectacle'.
Throughout the unit, students will also be introduced to the practical and organisational logistics associated with the design, construction, and management of unstable and temporary spaces and events.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Select and evaluate design strategies suitable for the development of unstable spaces;
2. Synthesise and apply a range of contemporary theories relevant to temporary and unstable space;
3. Evaluate the theoretical relationships bet ween context, objects and bodies;
4. Use and evaluate a range of contextually relevant media and tools to communicate design proposals;
5. Present a resolved final design and make project; and
6. Curate, direct and manage temporary design spaces and installations.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
Individuals entering this program will bring with them a diversity of attributes and experiences. As a student of the University you will develop the qualities of critical thinking, curiosity and reflective practice. You will be required to use foresight, initiative and leadership, and be open to alternative perspectives. When you graduate, you will continue to learn and thrive in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change.
Prerequisites11029 Interior Architecture Studio: Context
Equivalent units8953 Design for Temporary Environments
Assumed knowledgeThe requisite skills and knowledge acquired during second year study of the Bachelor of the Built Environment degrees.
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As part of this unit, students are expected to read widely and research thoroughy. Please see unit's Canvas Reading List for further details.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assignments must be uploaded to Canvas. When an assignment cannot be uploaded to Canvas, e.g. Presentations in person, physical models or objects or files too large to upload then your Unit Convener will tell you the submission details in section 5b. For all assessment items submitted online via the unit Canvas site the first page of each assessment submission should include the following information:
Word Count (if applicable):
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3cp unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours. These hours include time spent in classes. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6cp unit the total notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.
Full attendance at all lectures, studios and seminars is expected. Students must contact the studio tutor in advance if they are unable to attend. There is a significant link between a student's attendance/participation, and the quality of their learning outcomes demonstrated by the submitted assessable project components. To this end, attendance records are kept and may be used to guide and inform aspects of our evaluation and feedback.
Please advise the Unit Convener if you are unable to attend a particular class or studio.
Students who attend campus for class or other purposes must play their part in keeping our campus and community safe by following these basic guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
- Practise good hand hygiene, washing hands regularly;
- If you do happen to cough or sneeze, please do so into the crook of your elbow, dispose of tissues immediately and wash hands immediately
- Practise effective physical distancing;
- Follow all directions of teaching and other UC staff regarding safety measures;
- Stay off campus if you are unwell and get tested according to ACT Government guidelines, and
- Follow University communications about campus arrangements https://www.canberra.edu.au/coronavirus-advice
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have advanced skills in word processing, report compilation and digital presentation programs such as Rhino, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. 3D Digital Flythroughs are to be produced in software equivalent to Twinmotion, Enscape or similar.
Materials and equipment needed to undertake the projects, such as drawing and model making materials, and costs associated with any site visits, are generally the responsibility of each individual student. This could be in the order of $500 per semester. Students should prepare to be responsible for panel printing and mounting costs associated with the Graduating Exhibition (FADx).
Work placement, internships or practicums
Good studio practices
The following additional Discipline specific regulations and procedures are designed to ensure equity for students in the submission, feedback and assessment of projects.
i) Submission requirements and protocols.
It is UC policy that students submit ALL written work on Canvas in the appropriate assignment dropbox for this unit. You should ensure that your name, student number, and unit name is provided on the front cover and as a running head on each page.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the correct version of any given assignment is submitted by the due date and time as indicated in the unit's Moodle site and unit outline.
CD/DVD/USB/emailed assignment submissions will not be accepted. Submissions that do not meet the specified content, format or other requirements may be penalised
through a reduction in marks.
Where students are required to submit models, drawings, posters or other physical artefacts that cannot be submitted electronically, students must create an electronic record (digital image, scanned copy, PDF version, or video) of the artefact and submit this in the appropriate assignment dropbox as evidence of their completed and on time submission.
Students will not be required to submit preparatory field notes, visual journals or design studio portfolios, unless specifically required as part of the unit assessment tasks. Students may be asked to provide evidence of these in class at the request of the unit tutor or unit convenor.
ii) Late Submissions will not be accepted
All assessments must be submitted at the due time and date and in the form and manner stated in the assessment outline.
Only in exceptional circumstances as stated in UC policy, will applications for an extension be considered. An extension needs to be applied for in writing and in advance of the submission date. The application must specify the length of the extension being sought and provide documentation such as counselling or medical certificates that cover this period. Extensions can only be given for the period stated in the documentation submitted. Counselling certificates are not a guarantee of an extension.
A late submission will attract a penalty of 10% for the first day, then an additional 5% per day for days 2 to 6. A weekend does not count for the purpose of this policy. On the 6th day the student will receive a fail grade.
All assessments must be submitted on time in order to pass the unit. Unless otherwise stated in the Unit outline. Re-submissions for failed work will not be accepted. This assessment policy is designed to be fair to all students. Adherence to deadlines is essential in the design professions. Students should aim to complete all work to a high standard. In the event that the assessment is incomplete at the due date, students are encouraged to submit their work at the stage they are up to.
iii) Feedback and return of material
Apart from the grades/marks/comments given for the progressive assignments, feedback will be provided in the form of verbal comments and critique during studio
classes and at juries. In design education and practice the fundamental vehicle for receiving feedback is the verbal response or critique. Designers are expected to listen carefully and dispassionately to what is said and respond accordingly. It is therefore important that you develop the facility for recording what is said – this may include enlisting a
fellow student to take notes on your behalf during your presentation. Unless otherwise advised, assignments, together with marks and feedback, will be
available for collection from the lecturer during class. All grades will be posted on the dedicated studio unit on Canvas. Work will not be available for collection before the nominated return date. Students must retain a digital copy of their assessable work; this includes the electronic copy of physical artefacts (see point (i) above). Students should expect that tutors will write on or otherwise alter their work as a part of the assessment and feedback process.
Announcements made during tutorials/practicals, or sent to your University of Canberra student email address, will be deemed to have been made to the whole group. Students are
responsible for regularly checking their UC student email.
Consultation with Staff
Contact with staff should generally be within the allocated class times. Consultation outside of these hours shall be made by prior appointment, and in addition to, not in lieu of, the
scheduled class time. Students who fail to attend classes, and who do not have a medical or Counsellor's certificate or other genuine reason for missing classes, should not expect
additional tutorial or consultation time.
Please note: staff are not able to return calls to long distance or mobile telephone numbers after normal hours or on weekends or holidays. Emails are normally not checked or answered at nights, on weekends or on public holidays. Teaching staff (and particularly part-time staff) may not be able to attend to phone calls or
reply to emails immediately. Please ensure any urgent matters are brought to their attention within the allocated class time, or request assistance in notifying the Convener through the Administrative Assistant for the Course.
Due to the requirements of professional accreditation, samples of student work will be retained and stored at the University for periods of up to three years. Where possible, each
student should make a copy of any assignment (prior to submission), as that work may be retained and inaccessible thereafter.
Late Collection of Assignments
Designers, and design students, are expected to take responsibility for their work. In the context of the design studios, this is considered to include both submitting the work on time,
and collecting it following assessment. Collection times will be advised for submissions where appropriate. Where a project/assignment is not collected by that time, the project is subject to a 5% marks penalty. The project may be discarded without further notice. This penalty will not apply when prior arrangements have been made with the Unit Convener,
or when the work is being retained, such as for accreditation.
Project materials are to be cleared away at the end of each studio session. Unless work is identified for retention by staff, work not collected at this time will be disposed of.
In addition, studios are to be cleared of work and generally cleaned up at the end of each semester. Projects not removed by the advertised date may be discarded without further
Courtesy in Tutorials/Studios
All mobile phones and MP3 players are to be turned off during seminar presentations and group discussion sessions. Laptop computers may only be used for purposes directly related to the seminar/group discussion (i.e. no games, emailing, internet browsing etc.).
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