Key Brief [ This essay theory should be mainly based on community building]
[ I would like Alvaro Aalto to be the key part of this essay and his building The Community Centre of
Säynätsalo Finland]
How a building design is evolved as a result of a gradual and coherent understanding of theory and
precedents in architecture, technical and scientific literature, social sciences, the arts and
humanities, among other substantiation sources.
The criteria for the essay will be:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories of architecture
• Contextualise contested positions within architectural discourse
• Identify, access and read relevant scholarly material, and use such material in forming a piece of
written work
• Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of precedent in developing architectural
• Understand how theory can underpin and inform design strategies.
Detailed Brief
Our planet is in crisis, and the architectural profession has a responsibility to respond. How we
design, specify and construct our buildings no doubt has a major impact on our surroundings. What
our buildings are made from and how we choose to have them constructed is crucial if we are to
understand their environmental impact.
Sustainable design, passive design, eco-design, low carbon, zero carbon, green architecture; are all
familiar terms to describe our efforts to validate the environmental impact of our architecture.
While there are various groups and professionally led panels, it should be emphasised that a road
map to safety does not yet exist. In practice, architects and consultants are still developing research
and ideas with every new project looking to address the environmental costs of building.
Architectural history teaches us the importance of localism. Not only were buildings made from
materials at hand, but they were also designed to exploit the benefits of them. Flint in Norfolk,
thatch in Somerset, local stone in Bath; all created a sustainable architectural ethos and a vernacular
based on local knowledge and a tectonic aesthetic. Some of the solutions were innovative and used
only the most basic of ingredients. Mud, clay, straw, hemp and dung; these formed sustainable
construction techniques sadly now often reduced to architectural dressing or an applied ‘green’
It is therefore not viable to use simply ‘green’ materials in all scenarios and therefore complex
analysis of life cycles and building adaptability must come into play. Buildings can be designed to be
flexible and adaptable, through an understanding of construction, their use of materials and
intimately their reuse or decommission. While a site may require an office development initially, the
benefits of the design team being able to design a form that will accommodate a number of uses
beyond an office is obvious. With early implementation of passive design techniques, innovative use
of structure and an understanding of assembly, a building is able to responds to the local
communities ongoing needs through adaption and reuse, extending its lifespan through design
flexibility inherent to its construction.
Can the properties of new ‘modern’ materials be harnessed and perhaps be inspired by the
innovations of our past and emerging technologies? What new tectonic aesthetic could they
develop? Sustainable architecture therefore need not be ‘traditional’ or conform to vernacularism, it
also need not produce ‘hobbitesque’ stylisation, wearing its eco-warrior ethos as a badge of pride or
projected guilt.
Therefore, asks you to consider what architecture can be made from, how by its design can it be
assembled efficiently with reduced waste and minimal energy consumption, not only during its
construction, but in its operation, adaptation and ultimately its disposal/reuse.
Essay Structure
How Architect approach site context and theoretical approach to the problem when designing
Theoretical analysis
A theoretical analysis of Architect design process explaining how their considerations of properly
referenced theoretical sources have influenced their approaches to the various aspects of design
project; these might include issues such as: form, function, meaning, tectonics of project. It may also
include theoretical consideration about how the context (Spike Island, Bristol) and approach to
theory shaped the most significant stages of proposal development. It might also include other
aspects of literature that is not strictly “architectural theory” but that are academic sources of
knowledge that you applied to develop your project.C
Critical summary
A critical summary explaining how the influences of different theories have added significance and
rigour to design. These influences should have been unpacked in the theoretical analysis.

Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of Assignment: Thesis
Subject: Architecture
Pages/words: 6/1500
Number of sources: 0
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: Harvard
Line spacing: Double
Language style: UK English

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