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40 315 Restless Thresholds (Transitive spaces in close attention)

Emnenavn på English: 
Restless Thresholds (Transitive spaces in close attention)
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
40 315
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Sareh Saeidi
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS).

Good knowledge in English

Knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud or similar software that enables digital illustration, visualization, and presentation

Om emnet

The architectural/urban threshold is a (physical/ mental) space encapsulating a change; it initiates movement or a change in a state of mind to another; affecting the experience of architectural/ urban space. The idea of threshold has been an operative metaphor across disciplines among which are architectural, urban, social and artistic studies. Historically, thresholds, in their various forms and definitions, played a significant role in both function and integral experience of architecture and urban realms.

Threshold is a space of transition from one state to another that could imply a sense of contingency. It is indeterminate and carries a sense of temporality. It derives from relations and interrelations between the built spaces. Its domain of presence spans over the experience of the sequence of movement through spaces of different architectural/ urban atmospheres, to leftover spaces or voids. Threshold is the vestibule of experience.

We have learned, through the demands of our contemporary societies, to obsessively or subconsciously seek for speed and efficiency. Our daily journeys between workspaces and homes are vestibules of mobility within which we barely even connect to our surrounding physical environment –being occupied with our abstracted virtual worlds. Instant connections and rapid movement are the intellect of the era and for many, slowness and contemplation that transitive spaces provide is considered a time sink. As a result, transitional spaces are losing their value and meaning by the over-emphasis on spaces that accommodate main functions in cities and buildings, or by being treated as service areas. Evidently, this also minimizes their scope of spatial experience.

This course thinks of the architectural/ urban threshold not only as a space of transition but also as a metaphor to encapsulate the experience derived from an individual’s ensemble of thinking, feeling and bodily memory. It attempts to raise students’ awareness of thresholds through readings that successfully capture the significance of the notion of transition.

In the course we read, visualize, analyze and discuss eight texts consisting of exemplary written pieces from architecture, literature and even poetry. The architectural texts represent the threshold through descriptions on physical transitions in built spaces, while the literary texts portray mind spaces or images that define a threshold as a physical or mental transition of a state to another. The criteria for choosing the texts has been their successful writing style for conveying meanings, stimulating imagination, and communicating their intentions in a meticulous and coherent manner. The visual essays, analytical readings and critical discussions on the selected texts are structured in weekly sessions of the elective course. However, the final elective week focuses on writing an individual text assignment that describes the experience of a threshold. Optionally, the text assignment can incorporate one illustration, image, or collage as a representative visualization for the text.

In each weekly session, the students are supposed to take turns in presenting a visual essay for the assigned text. The appointed student must also try to take the lead in engaging the members of the course in follow-up reflections on the allocated text of the session. The first three days of the final elective course week is designated for students’ individual writing and is assisted and tutored by the course leader. The last two days of this week include feedbacks on the written individual texts, provided by a native English speaker guest-crit. The objective of the assignment is to improve the writing skills of the students in articulating a thought/ narrating a subjective experience in an evocative and yet plain manner.

Alternatively, the course has the potential to include an excursion in Oslo with specific focuses on experiencing an architectural/ urban threshold. The visit demands for short text assignments on narrating the experience with required specific focuses. In the followed-up session after the excursion, these short writing explorations will be examined and collectively evaluated for choosing the most successful narrations. In the case of including the excursion, which will be decided upon at the start of the course in a poll, the text readings will consist of six texts instead of eight.

Læringsutbytte
  • Learning how to communicate own experience and mind space through written (descriptive) text
  • Learning how to effectively communicate the ideas/ meanings of a written (source) text by visual and verbal language
  • Acquiring skills and techniques for visual essays
  • Learning how to position themselves in relation to larger theoretical/conceptual/ literary frameworks (especially in relation to the assigned readings of the course)
  • Ability in evaluating own descriptive texts through reflective and analytical thinking gained through the reading and writing exercises in the course
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter
  • Writing a text on own experience of an architectural threshold (length: 700-1500 words)
  • Preparing visual essays for the assigned text of the sessions prior to each session (the appointed student/ session)
  • Reading the assigned texts prior to each session (all students)
  • Individual presentation of visual essays of the assigned texts for each session along with taking the lead for follow-up discussions on the analytical/ critical evaluation of the texts (the appointed student/ session)
  • Students are expected to prepare analytical and critical comments (optionally sharing with the course coordinator) on the assigned texts prior to each session (all students)
Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning Påkrevd The students are expected to attend 6 out of the 9 weekly sessions of the course and submit the final deliverables.
Øvinger PåkrevdSubmission and oral presentation of visual essay.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar: The students are expected to attend 6 out of the 9 weekly sessions of the course and submit the final deliverables.
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Øvinger
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Submission and oral presentation of visual essay.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttEach student must deliver the final text assignment of the course (designated for the final elective week), in addition to one visual essay that she/ he was assigned to present in the weekly sessions of the course. Both of the deliverables must be submitted on the last day of the elective course (November 8th, 2019).
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Each student must deliver the final text assignment of the course (designated for the final elective week), in addition to one visual essay that she/ he was assigned to present in the weekly sessions of the course. Both of the deliverables must be submitted on the last day of the elective course (November 8th, 2019).
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