AD2815 Public Places and Spaces 7.5 credits

Public Places and Spaces

The course is an introduction to the concepts of public space and place in an inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the role of physical form in relation to the public life of the city. 

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course will provide a more profound insight into the complexities of public space and the concept of place as imaginary and physical forms. Participants will receive a basic understanding of the discourse on public space as it is known in urban theory thereby being able to discern the potentials and limitations of space in architectural terms. Objects of study will be analyzed in their cultural, urban and historical context. Participants will gain a practical competence by performing design exercises and/or conceptual interventions. 

Intended learning outcomes *

This course is an introduction to the concepts of public space and place in an inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the role of physical form in relation to the public life of the city. The course will give participants an insight into the social , cultural and political implications of public space as well as provide training in analysing, describing and responding architecturally to public spaces as a physical entity.

After completion the student will be able to:
- create an understanding and vocabulary of public spaces
- analyze public spaces in their cultural, urban and historical contexts
- discuss, criticize and/or motivate changes of existing public spaces
- shape, present and motivate proposals for public spaces

Course Disposition

The learning method will be carried out through analysis of various public spaces in different city environments in the Stockholm area. The analysis will be performed by extended site observations, official aims documents, archive research concerning technical/ architectural drawings and historical documents. Emphasis will be put on the ability to understand and describe the material and social conditions of existing public spaces as a pre-requisite for the ability to propose transformed or new spatial forms. The work will be carried out in studios and individually. A two week analysis exercise will be carried out in small groups. The final project must be presented in a way that allows it to be judged by external reviewers. Lectures, literature studies and seminars will run parallel to the practical assignment and provide a theoretical or conceptual framework. 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

120 p from architecture, landscape architecture or planning programs on graduate level.

Recommended prerequisites

120 p from architecture, landscape architecture or planning programs on graduate level.

Equipment

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Literature

Will be announced at Course Start. 

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

80% attendance at lectures and active participation at seminars. Project review by teacher on at least two occasions. Completion and hand in of studio project and essay, individually. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Per Fransson

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AD2815

Offered by

ABE/Architecture

Main field of study *

Architecture

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.