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STUDY PLANS
2019/2020

Composition and Theory of Architecture

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129CTA KZ 2 2C
Lecturer:
Tutor:
Lenka Popelová (guarantor), Oleksandra Derkach, Martin Lapšanský
Supervisor:
Department of Architecture
Synopsis:

Seminars are focused on the composition of architecture, which will be analyzed through the basic ordering principles, pattern making process and application of the theoretical concepts. The selected basic composition principles will be studied through examples typical for a particular historical period. Students may also analyze an urban space. The aim of the course is to be able to understand the multilayered role of geometry, basic ordering compositional principles and theory of form in connection with architectural and urban design. The seminar will focus on some patterns of composition, which are commonly used and have many qualities, for which they have been frequently and repeatedly used. Some of these patterns have an obvious historical and cultural background that not only architects but also engineers will be able to understand. The methods taught can help especially the students of architecture to develop their own design skills. The seminar is also intended to make students familiar with the architecture of Prague; the given compositional categories will be practised on the examples that can be studied in situ.

Requirements:

Assignments differ depending on whether they relate to students of architecture or of non-architectural fields. There will be a classified assessment at the end of the course. In order to pass the course and earn credits students will be required to complete their project. The outcome of the seminar will be a portfolio (of A4 or A3 format, or depending on an agreement the A3 or A2 format poster) containing the above information, summed up both in written and graphic form (a written essay supplemented by photographs may be submitted based on a mutual agreement). The project will include a list of references and resources, labelled with a nametag.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction and selection of the topic

2. A geometric basis for organizing forms and spaces: primary elements, organization of a form and space, basic ordering principles. An individual tutorial.

3. An individual tutorial, choosing of the topic

4. An individual tutorial, choosing of the topic

5. An individual tutorial

6. An individual tutorial

7. An individual tutorial

8. An individual tutorial

9. An individual tutorial

10. An individual tutorial

11. An individual tutorial

12. Grading of assessments and a tutorial

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

- Obtaining / collection of basic information about the history of the building (both from literature and Internet and their own research in situ). Obtaining and assortment of photo and plan documentation

- Student's own analysis of basic ordering principles (a geometric basis for organizing the forms and spaces of a building or a space such as symmetry / asymmetry, hierarchy, rhythm, gradation, proportion and scale)

- The plan-spatial concept of the given building or urban area will be discussed in simplified form from a theoretical point of view

Study materials:

Johnson, P.-A. The Theory of Architecture. Concepts, Themes and Practices.

Ching, F. D. K., Architecture ? Form, Space, and Order, 2012, Wiley, 2012.

Weston, R. Key Buildings of the 20th Century, Laurence King Publishing, 2010.

Krier, R. Architectural Composition, Edition Axel Menges, 2010.

Hanlon, D., Composition in Architecture, Wiley, New Jersey 2009.

Krier, R., Urban Space, Umbau-Verlag Solingen, 2005.

Architectural Theory from Renaissance to the Present, TASCHEN, Köln 2003.

Jencks, Ch., The New Paradigm in Architecture, Yale University Press, 2002.

Schulz, CH. N., Mening in Western Architecture, 2000.

Lawlor, R., Sacred Geometry ? Philosophy and Practice, Crossroad, New York, 1982

Note:
Time-table for winter semester 2019/2020:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Fri
Thu
roomTH:A-832

10:00–11:50
(parallel nr.101)
Thákurova 7 (FSv-budova A)
A832
Fri
Time-table for summer semester 2019/2020:
06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
roomTH:D-A8

14:00–15:50
(parallel nr.101)
Thákurova 7 (FSv-budova A)
D-A8
Fri
Thu
Fri
The course is a part of the following study plans:
Data valid to 2020-06-04
For updated information see http://bilakniha.cvut.cz/en/predmet1369406.html