Faculties and centres
Singular Building Systems aims to approach the student to the daily work of any bureau of architects; for this reason, the course orbits around a Project that the student will have to face, solve and define as if it were a real case, emphasizing materiality, and defining all necessary details so that the project can be built.
The course follows the self-described "I + CT method"; We think that Architecture is both Idea and Construction, "Art and Technique" as Gropius defended in the Bauhaus, or "Built Idea" in the words of Campo Baeza. We understand Construction as an indissoluble part of the process of architectural creation, and so we intend to use singular constructive systems and materiality as starting premises to generate project ideas and new compositional formalizations.
We also rescued and reinterpreted concepts of Metabolist Movement and the Archigram Group that are closely related to the main goal of the course (unique systems): use of light prefabrication technologies, composition based on modular frames, construction with three-dimensional cells, use of aggregate systems as a way of generate architectural forms, etc.
General Competences (CG)
Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)
Inherent transversal competences:>>Cognitive Instrumental
UA Basic Transversal Competences
Inherent transversal competences:>>Methodological Instrumental
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Individual Interpersonal
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Social Interpersonal
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Entrepreneurship Capability System
Inherent transversal Competences:>>Achievement System
Specific Competences:>> Technical Block
Specific Competences:>> Project Block
The subject Singular Building Systems [SCS in spanish] is located at the final years of Architecture career, and its vocation is to organize, summarize and apply the knowledge acquired by students in their early years. Rather than contributing new contents, the student is expected to develop a series of skills and competences: global understanding of an architectural project, self-criticism, using autonomous learning strategies and processes, and adapting to the continuous evolution of technology.
To do this, we use an ACTIVE, COOPERATIVE and PARTICIPATIVE teaching methodology (self-directed learning), focused on the student. This system, which is an interpretation of pedagogical theories by authors such as R. Wild, L. Malaguzzi, A.S. Neill, H. Gardner, R. Steiner [Waldorf], F. Tonucci, M. Montessori, etc., affirms that students should not be provided with processed knowledge; instead of this, they must have the opportunity to learn for themselves through personal activity [JH Pestalozzi]. It is the student himself who must build the knowledge, while the teacher adopts the role of facilitator instead of contents provider [L. Vygotsky]. Finally, positive interdependence (collaborative learning) will be promoted: correction of works will be done by students themselves, using the PEER REVIEW system.
The main goal to achieve is to make the student self-sufficient:
A. Capacity for analysis: the student must develop a critical spirit that allows him to make decisions with objectivity, and to measure the possible consequences of these decisions.
B. Methodology of work: the student must develop his own information search system, selection of systems and components, and application of technology according to the project idea from which departs.