AY 2021 Course Overview

Course lead: Tai Lee Siang
Moderators: Stylianos Dritsas, Michael Budig
Studio Instructors: Christine Yogiaman, Jackson Tan/Adib Jalal, Khairudin Saharom, Peter Ortner

1 Introduction

1.1 Course description
The Sustainable Design Studio Option builds upon and continues the Architectural Core Studio sequence and explores the multi-dimensional issues of sustainable design through a variety of lenses and at diverse temporal and spatial scales. Issues of resource efficiency, resilience, material and typological innovation, micro-climatic and site affordances, life-cycles and metabolism, and many other critical issues will serve as the projective context in which students will develop critical design solutions for small, medium and large scale architectures and urban interventions. The precise operational directives, precise briefs, and specific sites, will be defined by the individual design critics in separate yet interconnected studio options, conducted in parallel under the umbrella of sustainable design. Each of these individual studio options, will be led by ASD faculty and visiting professors, and culminate in a final project that will articulate architecturally specific positions regarding sustainable design in real world projects.

1.2 Design Projects
The precise operational directives, briefs and specific sites, will be defined by the individual design critics in separate yet interconnected studio options. Each of these individual studio options will be led by ASD faculty and/or visiting professors, and culminate in a speculative final project that will articulate architecturally specific positions regarding sustainable design in real world projects. The descriptions of the individual studio options for Fall 2021 are listed in section 5.

1.3 Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Identify issues of sustainable design in relation to socioeconomic, demographic and cultural trends, through the analysis of literature and review of architectural precedents • Perform rigorous site analysis and map the site conditions
• Critique a project brief and develop strong, generative sustainable design concepts
• Translate design concepts into meaningful architectural and/or urban propositions at appropriate scales and levels of granularity
• Create convincing arguments for the design propositions and persuasive visual and tangible evidence

1.4 Measurable Outcomes

• Interpret the sustainable parameters and other issues of relevance to the project using drawings and diagrams
• Respond to a specific project brief and a specific context with a meaningful design concept
• Produce coherent architectural representations and models at sufficient levels of detail
• Communicate convincingly sustainable design propositions in the form of renderings, drawings, simulations, models

2. Course Schedule

Studio is based on a 14-week schedule, from 13 September 2021 to 17 December 2021. Lessons held weekly except week 7, Recess from 25 October 2021 to 31 October 2021. Each project identifies its particular meeting schedule and work requirements. Ordinarily there will be at least 2 formal reviews that cut across all studio options: an intermediate (mid-term) design review, and a final review. The final week will be reserved for grading, exhibition preparation, and individual instructor-student exit talks.

Weekly lessons

Monday 2-7pm, Architecture Studio 3 and 4
Thursday 1-6pm, Architecture Studio 3 and 4
Mid-term review
Thursday, 21 October 2021, 9 – 6pm
Final review
Thursday, 9 December 2021, 9 – 6pm

3. Assessment

Class Participation10%Assessed on lesson attendance, quality of peer review feedback, and completion of course survey
Mid-term review submission30%Assessed on timely submission and project assessment criteria. Refer to notes below.
Final-term review submission60%Assessed on timely submission and project assessment criteria. Refer to notes below.

Projects will be reviewed and assessed based on 4 criteria:
• their conceptual strength,
• the coherence of their architectural translation,
• their representative clarity and expressive power,
• and the persuasiveness of their communication, both orally, and through the physical and digital artefacts

Moderation will be held to ensure parity in grading across studios.

Letter grading is used for assessment.

Letter GradeGrade PointExplanation
A+5.3Exceptional Performance
A5.0Excellent performance
A-4.5Excellent performance in most aspects
B+4.0Very good performance
B3.5Very good performance in most aspects
B-3.0Good performance
C+2.5Fairly good performance
C2.0Satisfactory performance
D+1.5Improvement needed
D1.0Minimally acceptable performance with much improvement needed

4. Submission Requirements

Digital submission is expected as well as a physical presentation. Instructors to provide students with an online link to collect online submissions.

4.1 Online submission specifications
• Original plans and boards in *.pdf file format; settings printing quality, but not larger than 50MB per file
• Slides in *.pdf file format where applicable
• Other files such as movies, animations where applicable

4.2 Physical model submission
• Details on model submission will be shared nearer review dates. Ordinarily, students are expected to make a submission the day before actual review. Submissions will be tagged for assessment purpose
• Where applicable, selected models will be kept by pillar after review for accreditation purpose. Students will be informed if their models are selected.

5. Option Studios

There are 8 studio options for Summer 2021.

InstructorStudio Title
Christine YogiamanBuilding an Urban Forest
Jackson Tan/Adib JalalYouth-Topia II
Khairudin SaharomAbove, Under & Beyond: Deciphering The Road Ahead
Peter OrtnerThe Upcycle Studio: Transforming SIA Aircraft Components into Sustainable Architecture

6. Important notices

6.1 Plagiarism
Students are reminded that plagiarism is not acceptable at SUTD, all works should be original with proper credits given where applicable.

6.2 Originality of work
The work must represent the student’s own effort. Work cannot be substantively done by another including outsourcing.

6.3 Submissions and presentations
All submissions and presentations are compulsory for all students; unless prior excuse with valid reason has been sought and approved by studio lead. Failure to meet any required items will result in grade penalty.

6.4 Warning Letters
In the case where someone is underperforming, students will be issued with a formal warning letter. These are taken seriously with the intent not to be overly punitive but to give students timely warning, so they may seek support and resolve the issues and graduate successfully.

6.5 Studio Attendance
Attendance for studio sessions are vital for the successful completion of the course as discussion and desk critiques are an essential part of the studio experience. In the event that a student is absent for more than 4 studio sessions without valid reasons, the studio instructor reserves the right to award a grade F or Incomplete at the end of term. A warning letter will be issued to students when he/she missed 2 Studio sessions. Students are reminded to inform faculty in advance of any absences and to submit any valid reasons of absence thereafter.

6.6 Selected works
Selected models and other materials may be retained by the school for use in accreditation and moderation, and also for display as representations of option studio’s work.

6.7 Studio use
Students are responsible for the orderly and tidy use of the studio spaces. This includes dedicated times at the end for cleaning up which must be attended by all. Any infringement or disturbance to the space of others may be subjected to punitive action.

6.8 Guidelines for COVID-19
Students are reminded to adhere to the measures put in place to minimise spread of COVID- 19:
‐ Social distancing of at least 1m should be kept at all times
‐ There should be no sharing of workstations in studio. Students must use only their assigned desks and studio. Students must not enter non-assigned studios unless prior permission is sought
‐ Students must only use the studio at assigned timeslots and days. Anyone found in violation will be barred from studio use for the term
‐ Masks should be worn at all times
‐ Students must download and turn on the “TraceTogether” apps during their time at campus

7. Other matters

For curriculum matters, please approach your respective studio instructors or studio TA, Tate Ng Yi Jin (yijin_ng@sutd.edu.sg)

For administrative assistance, please approach ASD office:
Kathy Sim aileng_sim@sutd.edu.sg
Charmaine Koh charmaine_koh@sutd.edu.sg
Lee Kah Wee kahwee_lee@sutd.edu.sg (Studios and Materials)