AR-201(q) / 10 credits

Teacher(s): Binning James Donald Morley, Perkins Amy Faith

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

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We will work with local stakeholders in the British town of Bridport to design housing responding to local needs not met by the traditional market. We will focus on how to make this housing characterful, adaptable, and varied, using low energy design principles & ecological construction approaches.


In the first Semester we will design houses on small plots in the centre of the town that occupy open plots and vacant spaces.


In the second Semester we will look more broadly and strategically at housing issues in the town, considering how we can develop more equitable and ecological alternatives to new-build development on productive agricultural land can combine with new forms of financial and legal instruments to address a lack of affordable housing in rural towns.



Low Energy Construction

Natural Materials

Ecological Approaches

Community Housing

Hands-on Making and Experimentation

Collective Work

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Competency in hand and computer drawing to scale

Accurate and efficient model-making and visualisation techniques

Careful and professional documentation and presentation of work

An interest and engagement in collaboration, collective work and the work of others in the group



Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Apply and deploy a range of research skills
  • Formulate ideas, analysis, intention, questions
  • Realize complete assignments, complete models, drawings and 1-1 prototypes
  • Design spaces, structures, models, drawings, prototypes, buildings

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.

Expected student activities

Remote forms of research and exploration of a place including the use of archives and literature
Situated research of a place including walks and study visits, hearing presentations from local officials, residents and experts
Design and cultural research culminating in drawing and production of large scale study models and drawings
Collating group materials and documenting work carefully and professionally
Presenting work to internal and external experts and critics
Design and construction of an exhibition

Assessment methods

Enquiry: Engagement in practice informed by comprehensive analysis and evaluation of diverse complex practices, concepts and theories
Knowledge: Critical analysis and synthesis of a range of practical, conceptual and technical knowledge(s)
Process: Experiment and critically evaluate methods, results and their implications in a range of complex and emergent situations
Communication: Articulation of criticality, clarity and depth. Communicating a diverse range of intentions, contexts, sources and arguments appropriate to your audiences
Realisation: Advancing the personal, professional and academic standards of production


Office hours No
Assistants Yes

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Studio BA3, BA4 (Assemble)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: mandatory

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