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This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


The course offers and introduction into historic and current urban theory, relating to urban planning and design. In addition, tools to understand, describe and evaluate urban settings are introduced.

Learning outcome

Students should obtain
  • Basic knowledge about urban planning, urban design and architecture theory and history
  • Understanding for the urban environment as both physical, semantic and aesthetic reality
  • Understanding for spatial qualities
  • Basic understanding of relevant urban design theories and their application, as well as relevant literature
  • Insight into basic user needs

Students should be able to
  • Use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesgin
  • Execute simple spatial analysis
  • Describe and interpret urban situations through thematic analyses

Students should obtain general knowledge about
  • Graphic and oral representation and analysis of existing urban environments
  • Expressing ideas graphically (sketches, photomontages, diagrams, drawings, etc.)
  • Understand and discuss relevant literature
  • Professional discourse about theoretic and conceptual basics of own projects

Contents

The course offers and introduction into historic and current urban theory, relating to urban planning and design. In addition, tools to understand, describe and evaluate urban settings are introduced. Topics are urban planning and architectural history; and spatial understanding and spatial analysis are trained.
Subjects discussed are form and form language, place and place making, building and street patterns, urban spaces and places. Further, relevant theory relating to the design of cities and the urban environment are introduced. The student is meant to achieve a level of knowledge that allows to execute professional analysis and evaluations of the existing urban environment, as well as proposed projects.

Required prerequisite knowledge

ING110 Engineering Course introduction - Construction

Exam

Prosjektoppgave og skriftlig eksamen
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam2/53 hoursA - FNone permitted
Project3/5 A - F
The course is examined through project work counting 60% and a written exam counting 40%.
Project work: If a student fails or want to improve the grade, she/he have to take the project again the following year.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments
Exercises, seminars, and group/project work must be accepted to qualify for formal assessment.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Daniela Müller-Eie
Course teacher
Jon Bjelland
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Einar Holven
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

The course consists of a lecture series and literature seminars. In addition there are group exercises and individual project work which includes tutorials and presentations.
Tutorials are given during formal teaching hours and participation is mandatory. Everybody needs to attend group work and document their own contributions. Exercises and literature seminars must be approved in order to be admitted to formal assessment.
An Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign course is included in the course.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Architectural interpretation (BIB360_1) 5
Architecture and Place (BIB430_1) 5
Architecture and Place (BIB110_1) 5

Open to

Master student in city and regional planning and bachelor students in civil engineering  

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion according to regulation.

Literature

Larice, M., & Macdonald, E. (Eds.). (2013). The Urban Design Reader (2 ed.). Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Kjærsdam, F. (2010). Byplanlægningens Historie. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag.
Roberts, M., & Greed, C. (Eds.). (2001). Approaching Urban Design: The Design Process (Vol. Volume V). Harlow: Pearson Education: Longman.
Other literature and material will be published on Canvas.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 09.12.2019