Introduction: This assignment asks you to prepare a short review of critical literature in response to a series of architecture and the city discourse(s). The primary format is an A4 document that should be hand bound using a 4-hole japanese binding technique. A digital copy will also be submitted. A subsequent essay, later in the semester, will build on this review to develop an individual critical position in relation to the unit themes. Task: (ABSTRACT) This is an outline summarising the parts and construction of your entire document and approach. It should be carefully considered and edited, clear and succinct. 300 words maximum. (WEEKLY TASKS) Each Image Task will also be included in an appendix at the back of the document – these must be revised by the individual student following feedback and in-class discussion. (REVIEW) An academic review of literature – in this case, the comparison of required readings in dialogue with each other, and relative to the unit themes – is an objective and critical summary of published research relevant to a topic under consideration. Its purpose is to create familiarity with current thinking and research on a particular topic, and aims to justify future research into a previously overlooked or understudied area. For your review of literature, refer to TWO of the weekly themes from the semester required reading list, and extend beyond them with another single peer-reviewed source of your own choosing for each thematic. You will need to consider how these supposedly distinct topics are, in fact, in dialogue with each other – across historical contingencies and theoretical/conceptual concerns. This is the research aim of your review. Remember: ‘dialogue’ does not necessarily = ‘agreement’: instead, reveal how your selected themes actually engage with each other. For your review, you must select ONE theme from WEEKS 01-04 and ONE OTHER theme from WEEKS 07-10. See overleaf for the full list of themes, and refer back to the required readings on moodle. Yes, you will need to ‘read ahead’ for the later weeks. The good news is, that week’s reading will already be done by the time you get to later in the semester – you’re welcome!
ARC3401 ARCHITECTURE + THE CITY Assessment 1.1 LITERATURE SUMMARY TEMPLATE < fill in 1 template per reading > TITLE: Is this a general text or does it deal with a specific issue(s)? Is it an empirical report, a theoretical study, a sociological or political account, a historical overview, etc? All or some of these? Look up definitions of these types if you are unsure of any! Does it follow a particular school of thought? What is its theoretical basis? What definitions does it use? What is its general methodological approach? What methods are used? Again, look up definitions of these types if you are unsure of any! What kinds of data does it use to back up its argument?
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