Architecture in question : societies, cities and territories (Part A)

ltarc2045  2022-2023  Tournai

Architecture in question : societies, cities and territories (Part A)
8.00 credits
90.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
Main themes
  • Regional and urban issues (urban areas, housing estates, river banks, eco-areas etc.) through a site study
  • Approaches which combine theoretical elements and empirical procedures (site visits, records, meetings, surveys, interviews, installations etc.) designed to highlight the issue in context
  • Scenarios for project and architectural intervention in response to the opportunities and constraints identified in empirical work
  • Experience in negotiation, communication and validation of production with different players, external to the university
Learning outcomes

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


Specific learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to
  • explore and examine more deeply the social and anthropological dimensions of spatial organisations as well as the spatial dimensions of social and anthropological organisations.
  • study architecture as an intervention which structures and configures the inhabited environment at the level of collective life.
  • understand this environment through 'surveys' : description of spatial arrangements, meetings with the inhabitants and those actively involved on the site being studied, description of culture and practice, cartography etc.
  • design scenarios which reveal the potential and the fragile characteristics of this environment facing contemporary challenges.
  • find references which, by analogy, open the way for other interpretations of the context.
  • produce knowledge and play an active part in their own learning.
  • identify the basic elements of a hypothesis or a proposal  in order to express and communicate them.
Contribution to the learning outcomes reference network:
Make use of other subjects
  • Make strategic use of other subjects to put into question the design and implementation of an architectural project
Express an architectural procedure
  • Test and use relevant means of communication in relation to the intended audience and the target objectives
Make committed choices
  • Develop awareness of the political meaning of the work of an architect and his/her responsibility towards society
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OLIVIER DE SARDAN, J.-P. (2008). La rigueur du qualitatif: les contraintes empiriques de l'interprération socio-anthropologique. Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia Bruylant
RAULIN, A. (2005). Anthropologie urbaine. Paris Armand Colin
Faculty or entity

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

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

Master [120] in Architecture (Bruxelles)