ARCH 2040 - Architectural Design 4
Credit Hours: 4.00
Prerequisites: ARCH 2030
Corequisites: ARCH 1020
(formerly DRAD 2040)
This course is the last of the architectural design courses and an introduction of elements and methods of urban planning and design. Students will examine urban developments in history within city and community and issues arising in current urban design practice. Analysis of design within diverse urban areas open to public use, patterns in urbanizing areas, city or town individual structures, landscape design layout, an understanding of watersheds, topography, conservation or creation of green areas, the need for the preservation of energy resources and the restructuring of inner cities, and the metropolitan edge. Emphasis is placed on design of infrastructure such as highways, streets, bicycle, pedestrian trails and open spaces, buildings, and landscape patterns that establish neighborhoods and provide the settings for community public life. As a capstone course, students will finalize their architectural design portfolio using the best projects from all courses.
Location: South Campus
When Offered: Winter semester only
Contact Hours: 6
Billable Contact Hours: 6
OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare urban planning city developments throughout history.
- Examine the historical nature of cities and towns and the process of urbanization.
- Identify the rise in city populations
- Discuss urban history as wider systems of communication, power or social relations.
- Describe the sustainable urbanism design movement.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to outline several important urban designers and the practice of urban design.
- Describe how the urban design practice shapes the physical setting for life in cities, towns, and villages.
- Identify the built environment professionals and the nature of urban design reflected in the Urban Design Alliance (UDAL).
- Identify software used for urban design.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze infrastructure and patterns established within cities and neighborhoods.
- Distinguish the physical components of interrelated systems essential to our built environment.
- Develop infrastructure solutions that are cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to propose solutions to bring a sense of community back to a neighborhood.
- Examine the relationship between neighborhood design and the sense of community.
- Model community engagement as a process of working corroboratively with individuals and groups to achieve specific goals.
- Identify various urban park systems that support participation in and attachment to community.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make development recommendations to city officials.
- Create a spatial analysis of structures at the human scale.
- Identify useful, attractive, safe, environmentally sustainable, economically successful, and socially equitable places.
- Investigate local identity and sense of place, cultural responsiveness, and purposeful environmental innovation within local cities.
- Evaluate local city developments.
Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to build a model representing the infrastructure within an area of concern.
- Explain why urban models are a vital tool for town/city planning and development.
- Identify model making tips for urban models built at a smaller scale representing large urban areas.
- Identify materials for urban models built at a smaller scale representing large urban areas.
Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to finalize their professional architectural design portfolio.
- Present a collection of drawings created in the course.
- Identify the portfolio creation process.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES
(Bulleted outcomes apply to the course)
- 1. The graduate can integrate the knowledge and technological skills necessary to be a successful learner.
- 2. The graduate can demonstrate how to think competently.
- 3. The graduate can demonstrate how to employ mathematical knowledge.
- 4. The graduate can demonstrate how to communicate competently.
- 5. The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society.
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- History of Urban Development
- Urban Designers
- Practice of Urban Design
- Infrastructure and Patterns
- Sustainable Neighborhoods
- Sense of Community
- Local City Developments
- Human Scale
- Environmental Innovations
- Build a Model
- Professional Design Portfolio
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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