Dear All,

RE: BENV GA08 Design Realisation Module, MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

This is an introductory note relating to the upcoming Year 4 Design Realisation (DR) module.  As you can see from our poster, we are delighted to be able to work with so many amazing studios and offices to make the Design Realisation programme a genuinely collaborative one.  As reported to you in Term 1, the organization, structure and feedback systems for this module are all broadly the same as last year.  Punctuating the term are events to help progress the DR report, including a Lecture Programme, Interim Reviews, DR Seminars and Cross-Unit Crits.  The submission of the full DR report is due on the first day of Term 3.  Please do look at the programme specification in the Bartlett Course Guide for full details of the module.  Please also see the attached timetable, which outlines all events including Practice Tutor and Consultants input across the coming term.

There are only minor changes of emphasis for the coming year, as follows:

+ Aim for a clearer synthesis of technology, construction and design on all DR projects, with an emphasis on physical making and testing of proposals. Focus on potential to enrich the ‘design’ project through material testing and integrated innovative research.

+ We want to generally lessen the overlap between DR and Design Portfolio work.

+ We are interested in more material innovations, prototypes, tests, contraptions, components, structures, details etc.  We would like the DR to become the site where the testing of ‘paper’ assumptions is encouraged and becomes possible.

+ We will provide clearer benchmarks, tasks, feedback and deadlines for students to help with their time management.

+ Again this year, we will award the Design Technology Prize to the student who shows most promise in the DR arena.  This prize is funded to allow further development of an aspect of the prize-winning work, which is then disseminated through the Design Technology Prize Exhibition at the Bartlett in Sept/Oct 2013.

Summary of key dates, feedback mechanisms and requirements:

1. Introductions & DR Lecture Programme:
Students will be introduced to the context and requirements of DR at their first lecture on January 7th.  The DR lecture programme will run consistently on a Monday night throughout Term 2.

2. Year 4 Interim Portfolio Reviews  14 January – 19 January, Wates House
M.Arch Director, Unit Tutors and DR Co-ordinator to attend.
> Initial feedback from the DR Co-ordinator.

3. Unit by Unit DR (round table) Seminars   28 January – 8 February, Wates House
Unit Tutors, DR Tutors, Practice Tutors, Engineering & Environmental Consultants to attend
> Verbal and written feedback from DR and Practice Tutors.  (Please check the attached timetable for your specific date)

4. Cross-Unit Crits (Wall Pin-up)  25 February – 8 March, Wates House
Unit Tutors, DR Tutors, Practice Tutors to attend
Engineering & Environmental Consultants to attend at Units discretion.
> Verbal and written feedback from DR and Practice Tutors. (Please check the attached timetable for your specific date)

5. Submission of Section 1 of DR Report
  18 March, Architecture Office 119, 10am – 12pm
Formative marking by Practice Tutors, moderated for parity by DR Tutors.
> Response within one week.

6. Submission of complete DR Report   22 April, Architecture Office 119, 2pm – 4pm
Submission of complete DR Report for final summative marking by DR and Practice Tutors.
> Assessment marks finalized prior to External Examiner Visit.

All of this information will be uploaded on the DR Moodle page and the shared DropBox DR Folder this week. All DR-related links and information will be shared with staff and students through my Twitter feed (@OLearyJames) using #BartlettDR. Please do feel free to share any information you think relevant to our students.

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