ARCHTECH 707 : Designing with Resilience Thinking

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines resilience in the built environment, from reviewing the literature on resilience to analysing case studies and developing strategies to enhance resilience in architecture.

Course Overview

The seminar will explore a challenging and provocative topic: the accumulation of wealth in the built environment and its impact in social and ecological systems. The worldwide social and ecological crises have made inequality and wealth a matter of public concern for present and future generations. The built environment has historically been used as storage of wealth and speculation. The alarming rise in inequality, accompanied by an unfair distribution and consumption of resources, has widened the gaps and long lasting effects of the accumulation of wealth. Nonetheless, the link between wealth and the built environment remains highly unexplored. How are wealth and the built environment linked? What is the impact of wealth in the built environment? What are the impacts of wealth in the education, practice, production and consumption of architecture? The seminar will use the theory of collapse and resilience to describe, mapping, and analyse the impact of wealth in the built environment. Students interested in this seminar will learn how to approach, present, articulate, structure, develop and write a research paper using international standards. The seminar has a strong emphasis on discovering, exploring, learning and applying methods of measurement that are relevant to analyse urban and architectural situations. Within the thematic of the seminar, students will be totally free to define their approaches, case studies, methodology and methods of measurement. Everything is possible!

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop a general understanding of sustainability, resilience and collapse (Capability 1.3, 2.3 and 6.2)
  2. Apply the theory of resilience and collapse to urban landscapes (Capability 1.3, 2.3 and 3.3)
  3. Create create a deeper understanding of the theory about collapse by doing comparative analysis, case study-based and problem-based research. (Capability 2.3, 3.3, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. develop research and writing skills that satisfy international academic standards (Capability 2.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

Teaching & Learning Methods

The seminar is a research-led teaching where students will be confronted with problem-based case studies that will encourage the development of critical thinking to use interdisciplinary fields and learnings. The individual work of the students will benefit from the collective advice and feedback provided in each class. The course follows the structure of a seminar course with four lectures at the beginning of the semester. The following classes are about discussing, presenting, evaluating and developing writing skills to improve and advance the individual works towards the submission of assignment 1.

The course will help students to develop a new way of understanding the social and environmental crises and to reflect of the possibility to apply this knowledge to design courses. The material and techniques taught in this course will be essential to prepare students to develop research in architecture and to write about it, skills that are useful to have at hand when doing the March. Prof. The content of the seminar will be a strong foundation for students doing Advance Design 2 in the second semester of 2020. 

Students will be introduced to the resilience theory and the theory behind collapse using knowledge and evidence from ecology, environmental science, anthropology, economy and urban design and architecture. Students will also explore methods to assess and measure complex situations in urban landscapes. 

The structure of the seminar is based on a cumulative and iterative process. Students will be developing their research using the lecturer and students feedbacks. A roll will be taken each week. The seminar sessions consist on presentations that show the progress done by each student. These are quick presentations between 3 to 5 min that have to be properly structured. Presentations will happen every week. All students are expected to engage with each other’s work in a positive and constructive manner. Students will provide written and oral comments to their fellows after they finish their presentations. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a 15 point course, 150 hs. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and seminar sessions.
Lectures will be available as recordings after they were presented on campus. 
Attendance on campus is required for final presentation.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

As per suggested by students, submission deadline of Assignment 1 is on week 10. This helped students to improve their time management skills and gave them more flexibility to work on final presentations for Design courses.

Other Information

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the procedure below. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission from the School of Architecture and Planning Office (6th Floor of the Architecture Building, Building 421, 26 Symonds Street) and complete the required details. Late submission forms must be accompanied with the appropriate sign by faculty staff. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 15/11/2021 10:18 a.m.