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Alterations, Collisions, Insertions KDA138



Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied-problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In first year, studios are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential practical skills relevant to the studio.

Alterations, Collisions, Insertions focuses on the development of foundational knowledge and skills related to the adaptation of urban environments. Through a range of individual and group exercises applying the visual-based representation and analytical skills introduced in Design Thinking 2, you will develop critical skills in observation and analysis of urban environments. You will be introduced to a range of historical and contemporary precedents that provide different frameworks for understanding the physical and social structures of cities and the implications for design. Employing a variety of related conceptual design and communication techniques, you will explore generative approaches to urban intervention that connect the macro city context to the micro design of public interiors and urban spaces.


Unit name Alterations, Collisions, Insertions
Unit code KDA138
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Andrew Steen

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Identify qualities and characteristics of urban settlements and spaces through detailed analysis of context and patterns of occupation.
ILO 2: Apply generative design approaches informed by critical analysis of historical and contemporary precedents.
ILO 3: Connect macro and micro scales in the design of public interiors and urban spaces.
ILO 4: Communicate 3D spatial design propositions using abstract techniques, orthographic projections and written narrative.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree major)

E&C: Students are guided to adopt foundational aspects of creative process: abstraction, inter-scalar exploration and thinking through making (i.e.making drawings and other images): assessed via 3D design propositions (AT1 & 2)
Numeracy: Students adopt and trial multiple methods of map-based spatial representation and augmentation using manual and digital techniques; assessed via mapping/montage project (AT1 & 2)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

Workshop - 1 x 4-hrs weekly


AT1 – Insertions: Context analysis and design proposition (25%)
AT2 – Alterations: Context analysis and design proposition (35%)
AT3 – Collisions: Context analysis and design proposition (40%)

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