AG2124 Contemporary Trends in Urban Planning and Design I 7.5 credits
Nutida trender i stadsplanering och stadsutformning I
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)C
Subject areaBuilt Environment
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsSpring 13 P3 (7.5 credits)
End date2013 week: 11
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of placesNo limitation
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleMeike Schalk <email@example.com>
TeacherMeike Schalk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Second priority: Students in architecture, fourth year
Part of programme
The course will adopt a critical perspective towards contemporary trends in urban planning and design, in order to develop an in-depth approach toward a more meaningful understanding as well as planning and design of our cities. The objective of the course is to stimulate students to formulate their own viewpoints by sharpening their critical thinking and enabling a provocative debate into the inquiry of the conceptual nature of urban design. The course concentrates on urban design studios where students will investigate the complex nature of leading urban planning and design trends and identify and evaluate examples of programmatic and experimental urban design on macro, meso and micro levels. The course also includes seminar and analysis sessions as complement to studio project work that will enable the students in learning how to observe, analyze, problematize, discuss and criticize as well how to best design cities.
After completing the course the students will:
- Comprehend more clearly the relation between theory and practice in urban planning and design and other akin disciplines involved in bridging architecture and planning on micro and meso scales.
- Understand theoretically and practically the complexities of urban design issues in not just designing, but also retrofitting suburban or central city urban areas.
- Discuss and apply lessons from contemporary planning approaches and urban design trends to everyday urbanism problems.
- Express own urban planning and design ideas & results, as well as other viewpoints in a coherent and qualitative way by the way and means of drawings, sketches, discussion and ad-lib/oral manner.
Course main content
One of the major difficulties and problems with contemporary urban design theory, debate and practice is the sense that urbanism is ‘architecture, only at a larger scale and within an urban context’. This results in far too much emphasis on the ‘design’ and not enough of an understanding of the ‘urban’ factors. The course focuses on conscious design choices in the urban scale and examines selected aspects of urban planning and design and the results of contemporary theories and ideals. The basics of city-making and urban analysis is required from students first, and then in group work, they will apply a chosen contemporary trend in urban planning and design in the project area. The project are might vary from local Stockholm context or Swedish and -or European one. The idea is to problematize and contextualize a certain paradigm-trend in urban planning and design in order to illustrate and get ‘hands on’ knowledge of the practical consequences of different design approaches and ideals applied to a specific site. Complementary to this, the students will discuss, analyze, debate and visually present an individual design essay based on assigned contemporary urban planning and design readings, which will include a discussion of selected literature and specific design comparisons. The final design project will be presented in Studios with a Crit session that will include invited architects, planners and real estate developers.
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning.
Previous studies should include courses corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in the field of urban design.
In addition, AG2125 Defining the Elements of Urbanism and AD2850 Compositions in Urban Design or equivalent
Contemporary Trends Course Compendium (Selected Urban Planning & Design Readings);
Moor, Malcolm and Rowland, Jon (Editors). 2006. Urban Design Futures. New York: Routledge;
Haas, Tigran (editor). 2008. New Urbanism & Beyond: Designing Cities for the Future. New York: Rizzoli;
Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, Oliver Gillham. 2009. Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People. New York: Wiley & Sons.
- PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Studio Project, Critique (PRO1; 4,5c)
Seminar, Literature, Sketching, (ÖVN1; 3,0c)
ABE/Urban and Regional Studies
Meike Schalk, email@example.com
Maria Håkansson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 10.