Utopias and realities of dwelling

ltarc2141  2017-2018  Tournai

Utopias and realities of dwelling
3 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
  • Critical review of recent architecture
  • Demonstration and testing of sequencing and materiality for conceptual ideas relating to architectural procedures
  • Siting contemporary work in relation to the classical tradition, modern and post-modern approaches

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Specific learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  • question themselves on the context of the appearance of a utopia, by discovering the dissatisfaction which has led to the emergence of alternative thinking.
  • look hard at a housing reality and apply methods of approach in the context, linked to the chosen current topic.
  • develop ways of  dystopian, utopian and eutopian thinking, formulated in a relevant way.
  • apply a eutopian proposal to a given social reality.
  • understand the gap between production and appropriation needs (practice and representation) of inhabited environments.

Contribution to the learning outcomes reference network:

Build knowledge of architecture

  • Be familiar with and analyse the discipline¿s basic references

Place the action

  • Recognise, observe and produce critical assessments of the targeted environments and contexts
  • Formulate questions relating to the development of the context being studied to make working hypotheses

Make use of other subjects

  • Interpret and synthesise the knowledge of other subjects

Express an architectural procedure

  • Test and use relevant means of communication in relation to the intended audience and the target objectives

Make committed choices

  • Activate and develop an ethical sense through approaches to architecture
  • Develop awareness of the political meaning of the work of an architect and his/her responsibility towards society



The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Architecture (Tournai)