Urban redevelopment operations are complex endeavours undertaken by multidisciplinary teams through lengthy processes. The course focuses on the physical aspects (the urban design component), dealing with changes in the public space structure and in the built stock to replace or complement former functions. The course prepares the student to deal with such issues both as part of a municipal planning office or as part of a private consulting firm
Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.
Planning in developed areas/existing environments is a complex and multidisciplinary task. The course deals with planning and renewal of areas in existing cities and towns. The course studies the aesthetic, technical and functional aspects of planning, programming and implementing of projects in the public or private sector.
The goal is to create a basic understanding of place-making in urban areas in terms of:
1. To gain abilities in design thinking in urban design
2. Land use integration between different zones are formally expressed in plans and projects regarding the interaction of multiple elements (Traffic, streets, green structure, parks, construction, housing, recreation, and commercial areas)
3. Obtaining relevant data, background information and analyzes to support the identification of opportunities and challenges.
4. Design of proposals for different stages of urban development. Conceptual studies, basic ideas, development and zoning plans, as well as guidelines and design catalogues.
5. To develop knowledge and critical thinking about urban design and planning, a conscious attitude about the purpose of planning decisions.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Compulsory attendance at lectures and participation in studio work
The submission to the course consists of the design of a large-scale urban design project, developed through several stages before the final project presentation. Given the quantity and complexity of the task, group work is the norm. Each of the steps is evaluated separately, and the compendium of these evaluations (portfolio evaluation) is assessed as approved/not approved. The approval requires the completion of a set of minimum criteria for each stage (such as participation in workshops, carrying out activities, elaboration of analyzes, exploratory models, plans and public presentations of the process to the group). The final grade is based on the production of a written report documenting the process and presenting the final proposals. The report has the form of a digital booklet in which sketches, maps, plans, sections, perspectives, and other digital instruments are used to illustrate both the processes and the final proposals. Students who fail all or part of the course, or who want to improve their grades, must retake the entire course.
Compulsory attendance at lectures and studio work. The student will not get evaluation with less than 80 % attendance.
The course is developed through several stages where the students are required to complete reports and preliminary proposals for the project using drawings and models. Each of the stages is separately assessed as approved/not approved. The final presentation, which consists of a booklet describing the process and the project proposal, is the only basis for the final grade.