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    S c h o o l o f A r c h i t e c t u r e a n d P l a n n i n g
    A R C H T C 1 0 2 / 1 0 2 G S e m e s t e r 2 2 0 1 7
    Dr Farzaneh Haghighi
    Assignment 1: Case Study
    • Weight: %20
    • Word Count: 800-1000 words maximum (excluding the questions)
    • Submission date: Friday 18.8.2017, 16:00 pm
    • Hardcopy submission: Level 6 Assignment Box, Building 421 (Architecture Building), 26 Symonds Street.
    • Electronic copy submission: Directly in Canvas
    The objectives of this assignment are to develop:
    • Your ability to conduct a literature review and synthesise information
    • Your ability to understand and describe buildings
    • Your skills in clear, effective written communication, employing recognised academic and professional
    • Your skills in citing and referencing the resources correctly following academic and professional conventions
    • Your skills in visual analysis
    • Your ability to identify scholarly research
    For this essay, you will be assigned one building or a project from those included in the list provided at the end of
    this document. Your assigned building can be found in Canvas. You are required to introduce that building through
    formulating FOUR questions and providing answers for them.
    Each answer has to be at least 100 words and the questions have to be broad enough to cover a range of
    descriptions. For instance, ‘who is the architect?’ is not broad enough to cover a 100 words response. Instead, you
    might ask ‘what is the relationship between the architect of this building and the dominant architectural style of his/her
    time?’ Each question has to target a specific aspect of the building and the answer has to describe that aspect. The
    whole body of four questions and answers have to present a comprehensive description of the building. To be able
    to describe a building, you will need to find exterior and interior photographs, floor plan/s and, ideally, sectional
    drawings (i.e. a cross-section and/or a longitudinal section). It is expected that the assignment addresses all these
    • Introductory information
    Name of the building, designer, client, location, type of building
    • Siting, urban context and landscape
    Relation of building with its physical context and the wider landscape, architect’s strategy in relation to the
    • Exterior form and materials
    Exterior form and appearance of the building, materials being used externally, external architectural
    expression, proportion, window arrangement.
    • Planning and circulation
    Planning of the building, type of activities taking place, entrance, circulation, public/private relation, internal
    and external activities.
    • Interior spaces and materials
    Main interior spaces, their scale, proportion, materials, colour, the detailing of floors, walls, ceilings, doors
    and windows, the quality of light and, the quality of acoustics, natural/artificial light, furniture.
    Acknowledgement of sources is an important aspect of academic writing. The University’s Referen©ite website provides students with a one-stop online resource for academic referencing needs.
    Referen©ite explains the essentials of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. It also includes practical tools to help
    students reference correctly and use references effectively in writing, and presents examples of the various different
    referencing formats.
    • This is an individual assignment.
    • Essay must be written on a computer.
    • A4 format, portrait, with simple top left staple (i.e. no spiral binding; no plastic sleeve);
    • Essay must employ footnotes at the bottom of each page and include a bibliography, both formatted
    according to the Chicago referencing style.
    • Total word length, excluding questions, captions, footnotes and bibliography: 800-1000 words.
    • Give the word count at the end of your essay.
    • Illustrate your essay with relevant images, including plans, sections and/or photographs. Splice your images
    into your text, i.e. do not present them as an appendix. Every image must have a caption immediately under
    it or just to one side of it. The caption should say what the image is of (briefly), and should then identify the
    source for the image using the footnote format for short citations, i.e. author’s surname, short title and page
    number if you take it from a book or journal. Include the full reference in your bibliography.
    • Give consideration to how the final assignment looks like, that is the photographs are places beautifully
    within the text and the captions are placed in an appropriate place with a readable font-size.
    • Full documentation (footnotes, bibliography and sources of illustrations) is essential. If your writing is
    unreferenced, you will not pass.
    • Plagiarism will lead to failure – use your own words, except when using direct quotations.
    • Read through and edit your essay several times before submission. You might read it out for yourself or ask
    a friend to read it for you. This will help with editing.
    • You are required to submit both a hardcopy (paper copy) of your assignment and an electronic copy. The
    deadline for hard-copy and electronic copy is the same.
    • Attach a School of Architecture and Planning Assignment Cover Sheet to the hardcopy. Before you submit,
    you must fill out the Cover Sheet and sign it.
    • Submit your electronic copy directly in Canvas.
    • Upload you assignment only as a Word File (doc).
    • You cannot submit multiple file uploads. Make sure the files being uploaded is the correct version.
    • You cannot resubmit your assignment or submit the assignment past the due date.
    • Watch this video on how to submit on Canvas:
    The following have been put on Short Loan for this assignment:
    • Banham, Reyner. Guide to Modern Architecture. London: Architectural Press, 1967, c1962.
    • Banham, Reyner. Theory and Design in the First Machine Age. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1980, c1960.
    • Benevolo, Leonardo. History of Modern Architecture. 2 vols. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971.
    • Ching, Francis D. K., Jarzombek, Mark, and Prakash, Vikramaditya. A Global History of Architecture. 2 nd  ed,
    Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2011, c2007.
    • Colquhoun, Alan. Modern Architecture. Oxford History of Art Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
    • Colquhoun, Alan. Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays, 1980-1987. Cambridge,
    Mass.: MIT Press, 1991, c1989.
    • Curtis, William J. R. Modern Architecture since 1900. 3 rd  ed. London: Phaidon, 1996, c1982.
    • Conrads, Ulrich. Programmes and Manifestoes on 20th-century Architecture. London: Lund Humphries,
    1989, c1970.
    • Fletcher, Banister. A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method: For Students, Craftsmen and
    Amateurs. 16th ed., London: Batsford, 1956, c1896.
    • Frampton, Kenneth. The Evolution of 20th Century Architecture: A Synoptic Account. Wien: Springer; China
    Architecture & Building Press, 2007.
    • Frampton, Kenneth. Cava, John, and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Studies in
    Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture. Cambridge,
    Mass.: MIT Press, 1995.
    • Giedion, Sigfried. Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition. 5th ed. Cambridge,
    Massachusetts, 2008, c1967.
    • Goldhagen, Sarah Williams and Réjean Legault (eds). Anxious Modernisms: Experimentation in Postwar
    Architectural Culture. Quebec: Canadian Center for Architecture and the MIT Press, 2000.
    • Roth, Leland M. Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History and Meaning. 3 rd  ed. Boulder: CO
    Westview Press, 2014.
    • Tafuri, Manfredo and Francesco Dal Co. Modern Architecture. 2 vols. New York: Electra/Rizzoli, 1986.
    • Unwin, Simon, Analysing Architecture, 4 th  ed. London: Routledge, 2014.
    • Vidler, Anthony. Histories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism. Writing Architecture.
    Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
    If you are having trouble accessing books and would like a greater number placed on short loan, please identify the
    authors and titles and let Farzaneh know via email.
    This assignment is worth 20% of the marks for this course. Assessment criteria are:
    • The extent to which the assignment proposes thorough questions and presents concise answers
    • The extent to which the assignment offers a comprehensive description of the building
    • The extent to which the assignment is well written, and written in your own words
    • The extent to which the assignment is fully referenced, in accordance with established academic
    • The extent to which images have been used to portray the building
    • The extent to which scholarly resources are used
    Your mark for your assignment will not be credited to your mark for the course until the electronic copy has been
    received in Canvas. If Farzaneh has to chase you up and prompt you to submit your electronic copy, you will lose
    5% from your essay mark.
    S c h o o l o f A r c h i t e c t u r e a n d P l a n n i n g
    A R C H T C 1 0 2 / 1 0 2 G S e m e s t e r 2 2 0 1 7
    Dr Farzaneh Haghighi
    Assessment Sheet for Assignment 1: Case Study
    Student name:
    D- (0-39)  D (40-44)  D+ (45-49)  C- (50-54)  C (55-59)  C+ (60-64)
    B- (65-69)  B (70-74)  B+ (75-79)  A- (80-84)  A (85-89)  A+ (90-100)
    Received in Canvas?  No, so mark for essay
    not credited to mark for
    Yes, but needed chasing
    up so -5% from essay mark
    Yes, submitted on time so
    no marks deducted
    Inadequate  Adequate  Good to v. good  Excellent
    Criteria  D- to D  C- to C+  B- to B+  A- to A+
    1. Questions/Answers
    the extent to which the
    assignment proposes
    thorough questions and
    presents concise answers:
    Questions are not
    adequate and the
    answers are
    Some consideration
    has been given to
    formulate questions
    covering most
    features of the
    Good to very good
    consideration has been
    given to develop a
    sophisticated question
    with comprehensive
    Full, complete and
    detailed consideration has
    been given to propose

    excellent complex and
    sophisticated questions
    with comprehensive
    2. Structure
    the extent to which the
    assignment offers a
    description of the building:
    Lacking a structure to
    explain basic aspects of
    the building.
    Basic understanding
    of how to introduce a
    A clear structure and effort
    to describe and
    contextualise the building.
    Well-considered structure
    and wide-ranging
    questions and answers
    introducing the building.
    3. Writing
    The extent to which the
    assignment is well written,
    and written in your own
    English needs more
    work; clarity of
    communication is
    English is fair and
    content generally
    English is good and
    content clearly expressed.
    English is excellent and
    content very clearly
    3. Reference
    The extent to which the
    assignment is fully
    referenced, in accordance
    with established academic
    Referencing (footnoting
    and/or bibliography) is
    incomplete and largely
    incorrect in form.
    Referencing has been
    attempted but is not
    correct in formatting
    and/or you need more
    Referencing is mostly
    complete and a good
    attempt has been made to
    follow the Chicago
    referencing system.
    Referencing is complete
    and an excellent effort has
    been made to follow the
    Chicago referencing
    system correctly.
    5. Visual
    The extent to which
    images have been used to
    portray the building:
    Images have not been
    used to support the
    points. More care is
    needed when writing
    captions and providing
    sources for each image.
    A reasonable number
    of useful images have
    been used. Some
    effort has been made
    to provide captions
    and sources for each
    A good range of useful
    images has been used.
    Images are sharp, located
    to support the points being
    made in the text, and
    supported by captions and
    An excellent range of
    useful images. All images
    are sharp, carefully placed
    to support the points being
    made in the text, with
    useful captions and full
    6. Resources
    The extent to which
    scholarly resources are
    The information is based
    on irrelevant,
    unimportant and non-
    reliable sources.
    Some effort has been
    made to use a
    reasonable number of
    relevant scholarly
    A good range of reliable,
    scholarly relevant sources
    have been used.
    An excellent range of
    academic resources,
    peer-reviewed journals,
    books, book chapters,
    well-known architectural
    periodicals have been