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Centre for Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture

Module: Theories of Architecture & Urbanism

Week 10- 31 Oct 2018

Project (Part B) Briefing
Lecture: LT-6 , Tutorial: E4.04-05

Project (Part 2) Comparative Analysis Essay Guidelines

Assessments Type Marks Presentation Submission

Project 3,4,5 60% Case Study

Group/Individual Paper
(Part A & B) (refer to MO) (20%+40%) Research Analysis

Project Part 2, requires students to write a comparative analysis essay based on findings from Case
Study (Part 1) and local site research (Architectural Design Studio).

Key References:
1. “Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space”, Jahn Gehl, (1986)
PROJECT PART 2: Students are expected to research for information from
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS ESSAY publications, internet and other relevant sources. For
local site, students are expected to conduct own site
(Individual Project)
observation (Studio)
Students are to examine similarities and Submission Requirements:
dissimilarities based on the patterns of social
activities, types of ‘contact points’ and the varying a. 2000 words comparative analysis essay
degrees of contact intensity between the two (word count does not include caption, content page and
streets. reference page).

b. Photos, diagrams or sketches

Comparative analysis essay (Caption to be provided for each).
a commonly used type of writing assignment where
students are require to critically analyze any two Submission DUE:
subjects, finding and pointing out their similarities and/or
dissimilarities. Wednesday, 21 November 2018 (Week 13)
C5 Academic Staff Room Submission Box
SEMESTER 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Theories of
Architecture &
Part 2:
Part 1: Case Comparative

Synopsis to 4 Readers


Week 10- Briefing and Initial Tutorial

Week 11- Online Tutorial (student to submit progress online)
Week 12- Final Tutorial (student to show draft of work
Week 13- Submission of project (Part B) Time line- Final Weeks
Cultures and climates differ all over the world, but people
are the same. They’ll gather in public if you give them a
good place to do it.

In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with

private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping
centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing.
It is more and more important to make the cities inviting,
so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and
experience directly through our senses. Public life in good
quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic
life and a full life.

First life, then spaces, then buildings - the other way

around never works. Jan Gehl
A good city is like a good party - people stay longer than
really necessary, because they are enjoying themselves,

Main reference: Life Between Buildings Using Public Space

Key quotes that can be used for analysis.
Key Terminologies
Necessary Activity Optional Activity Social Activity

Outdoor Activities Quality of Space Positive Space

Negative Space Attraction-Interest People attracts people

Primary Seating Secondary Seating Contact Points

Frequency Intensity Behavioral Pattern

Key Terminologies helpful to analyze the streets and its spaces.

Suggested Outline of Framework 3.0 Conclusion
Summary of findings based on analysis.
1.0 Introduction to project/ Site Study Is not bias towards 1 streets. Instead conclusion may state the
1.1 Brief Introduction of the project positive things that can be learned from each street. Likewise,
1.2 Asian Street (Case Study) points that the street can learn from on another to improve the
1.3 Local Street (Analysis) quality and promote better engagement to people.

For local street – may look into the main street or road 4.0 Referencing (text and images)
your site is located. You may include relationship of • Publishing
perpendicular road within the micro site analysis. • online reference

2.0 Comparative Analysis Assessment Components

(identify and compare similar contact points)
2.1 Similarities 1. Critical analysis of architecture and urban forms within its
2.2 Dissimilarities social, cultural and intellectual context

Take note of the following: 2. Structure, clarity and logical coherence of the arguments
• Urban forms, Architecture in relation to relevant presented (Part 2)
architectural theories/
• Architectural and Urban form within its social and 3. References and research skills
cultural context.
• Nodes, Activity Centers and Contact Points
Effective Use of Diagrams, Sketches
and Images for Analysis
1 2 3 4 5
No. CRITERIA Fail Poor Satisfactory Good Excellent

Background/Introduction No relationship Little relationships Evidence of some Identified theory Identified theory
Critical analysis of architecture & between theory between theory relationships which are which are clearly
urban forms within its social, and analysis and analysis between theory interrelated with linked to analysis
1 cultural and intellectual context. and analysis analysis

Comparative Essay+ Arrangement of Arrangement of Images and Images and Images and
Illustrated Diagram images and images and illustrations are illustrations are illustrations are
Comparative Analysis illustrations is illustrations is roughly arranged orderly arranged arranged well.
Use of diagrams, illustrations, confusing. unclear. in a workable with annotations Clarity & with
2 order. annotations.
sketches and images to aide
analysis. (50%)
Comparison is Comparison is Comparison is Comparison is Comparison is
unclear. often unclear generally clear with clear with minimal clearly stated and
minimal ambiguity. improvements justified.

Use of Reference(Referencing) No evidence of Identified at least Uses at least 3 Uses at least 4 Uses at least 5
and Research Skills (30%) sources. Absence 2 sources. sources. Evidence sources. Clear sources. showed
of investigation. Lack of evidence of investigation evidence of rigorous
of investigation. investigation investigation

Assessment Scheme Project (Part 2)