ARCT5513 Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
If there is a common denominator characterising the contemporary world, it has to do with change and transience. We are surfing the waves of a society in constant change with increasingly unpredictable consequences. The time of post-modernism is a time without certainties while, as inhabitants of transitory society, it seems we are deprived of even the means to forecast the future. In the absence of certainties, individuals, and particularly designers, are required to connect episodic, short-term projects in new, meaningful ways. This fragmented way of living and designing requires considerable adaptability and flexibility. Accordingly, it is necessary to ask how the architect can work with this context of transience and uncertainty. In other words: Is there potentially new opportunity in the instability and constant change of evolving urban, social and economic contexts? If so (and it seems to be the case), how can the architect adapt and acquire new ways of thinking and designing in order to work with uncertainty? A first step is to review the discipline's tools and protocols. The unit reviews projects and design strategies appearing from the late 1940's to the 1960's in avant-garde architecture. These strategies, refracted and represented anew by the prism of the contemporary, can become useful tools to analyse, from a critical and pragmatic perspective, the condition of instability within which the discipline of architecture is generated. The unit calls these methodologies Operating Systems for a new Architectural Era.
Students are able to (1) understand the changing context of the contemporary world from a social, philosophical and technological point of view; (2) study how architecture uses scientific and technical knowledge to review tools and protocols; and (3) develop new methodologies in architectural design to face the condition of instability where architecture is generated.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) long essay and (2) short critical essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Fernando Jerez
Contact hours
36 (lectures: 2 hours x 12 weeks; tutorials: 1 hour x 12 weeks)
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