Architecture in question : architecture and technologies (part A)

ltarc2065  2022-2023  Tournai

Architecture in question : architecture and technologies (part A)
8.00 credits
90.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
Main themes
  • Process of structure design: methods and tools
  • Exploration of the creative and innovative dimensions of structures
  • Integration of data on structure, construction and facilities in an architectural project
Learning outcomes

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

1 Specific learning outcomes:
Students will explore and test out the principles which link architecture to its formal, material and temporal dimension.
Students will be able to
  • approach certain specific methods of design.
  • manipulate certain tools of structural design.
  • develop a critical approach to available tools with a view to integrating them in architectural design.
  • integrate methods and tools linked to structure in the process of project design.
  • actively promote creativity in construction for the benefit of the project.
Contribution to the learning outcomes reference network:
Build knowledge of architecture
  • Be familiar with and analyse the discipline's basic references
  • Develop knowledge and become an active participant in the learning process
Make use of other subjects
  • Seek out other approaches, exchanges of views and ways of enhancing thinking about architecture
Use the technical dimension
  • Be able to apply the various basic technical principles in producing a work of architecture
  • Acquire an instinctive understanding of structures to use in producing a creative and/or innovative work of architecture
Express an architectural procedure
  • Identify the founding elements of a hypothesis or a proposal to express and communicate them
Adopt a professional attitude
  • Listen to and identify the different needs and points of view of the different stakeholders to be able to bring these together in respect of the desired objectives
Make committed choices
  • Activate and develop an ethical sense through approaches to architecture
It is about design experimentation combined to a research of coherence between technique (structure and construction) and architecture resting on a construction material.
Key-words: architecture, material, (concept of) structure, (detail of) construction, synergy.
The aim is:
  • to elaborate and concretise an architectural idea and to bring an architectural idea to a constructible state in order to define the architectural project.
  • to study the material in all of its dimensions and its link to its physical, economical and technical environment
  • to  take conscience of the structural choices and the establishment of the construction modes in ordre to improve the creative development of the architectural design.
Teaching methods
  • Lectures
  • Architecture workshop
  • Personal research
Evaluation methods
  • Architectural design : jury at the end of the 10 weeks (group work)
  • Individual notebook to be done in january
Online resources
slideshows and documentations are downloadable on moodle
• Construire en bois
T. Herzog, J. Nattere, R. Schweitzer, M. Volz, W. Winter,
Birkhaüser, Birkhaüser, PPUR, 2012
• Construire l’architecture
Andrea Deplazes, Birkhauser,
• Faire Tenir : Structure et Architecture
Marc Leyral, 2021
• Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures
Edward Allen & Waclaw Zalewsk, 2009
• Franchir le vide. A pied et à vélo
Ney & Partners. Archibooks
• Informal
Cecil Balmond, Prestel, 2002
• Mémoire d’un ingénieur
Peter Rice, Le Moniteur, Paris, 1998.
• Metamorphism, Material change in architecture
Akos Moravansky, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2018
• Process and pattern in architecture and design
Luisa Collina, Silvana, 2016, Milano
• Question d’architecture Structure
Bernard Wittevrongel (dir), Projets 2016-2018, UCL LOCI 2019.
• Seven bridges by Jürg Conzett
Jürg Conzett, Zürich: Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, 2013.
• Structure as Space
Mohsen Mostafavi, AA editions, 2006, London.
• Studies in Tectonic Culture
Kenneth Frampton, MIT Press, Cambridge, London, 1996.
• Wood and Wood Joints
Klaus Zwerger, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2000.
Teaching materials
  • L'ensemble des slideshows et tous les documents sont en ligne sur moodle.
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)