Urbanism Studio - LNAK10082
|Responsible Department||Forest & Landscape|
|Earliest Possible Year||MSc. 1 year to MSc. 2 year|
|Level of Course||MSc|
written examination and oral examination
All aids allowed
Description of Examination: The examination consists of an oral examination of issues relating to the individual portfolio. The oral exam is individual. The two portfolios plus the oral exam provides the foundation for examination of the student.
Weight: Weight: The group portfolio is weighed 33 %, the individual port folio is weighed 42 %. The oral exam is weighed 25 %.
7-point scale, internal examiner
|Requirement for Attending Exam||Compilation and hand-in of two portfolios: A port folio of the group work and an individual work port folio.|
|Block Placement||Block 2|
Week Structure: B
Week Structure: C
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Optional Prerequisites||310086 |
This is a urban design course at graduate level. Students are to be familiar of the study through design process. By course start the student is expected to have passed 310086 Byplan - strategi or similar design oriented-courses.
|Mandatory Prerequisites||By course start the student is expected to have passed Byplanstrategi og -projekt
Visiting students can enter the course, if they can document for the course responsible that they have passed courses with similar curriculum.|
|The aim of the course is to enhance the individual student ability to practice urban design. |
The course is to provide the student with the abilities to approach, identify, analyse, prioritise, argue and (re)design an urban situation, e.g. the contemporary city.
Focus will be on how to analyse, conceptualise, design and intervene on different scales of urbanism. A special interest will be paid to training how students are able to frame, argue, design and discuss a challenge and their ability to relate this to a site-specific context and theoretical positions in urbanism.
The course will not be restricted to specific theoretical positions or themes. Instead the student will be asked to position his/hers proposals in relation to theoretical positions within urbanism. The course allows the students individually to investigate different aspects and elements of urbanism through design. These individual designs are to be presented, discussed and evaluated in plenum. The key target is to enable the individual student, through his/her designs, to take part in and contribute to state of the art debates and clashing positions in urbanism.
The course focuses on the ability to intervene, conceptualise, design, argue and communicate challenges in an urban and theoretical context. Any design is to be conducted in terms of time, site, theory, networks, clients and context programme(s). How can urbanism be studied and investigated as a design solution with roots in the past, an understanding of the present and as an expectation to meet the challenge of the future?
Focus will be on how to design an experience of space, livability, site, scale, flow, network, history, identity and architecture that is contemporary and urban. Interest is paid to discussions of how potential transformation towards new use, new aesthetics and new meaning of the urban can be conceptualized, argued and contested in an architectural design.
Students will be trained in taking and debating design positions in urbanism and exploring arguments for and against their individual design study. Emphasis is on design understood as a relation between architecture and nature, between landscape and city, between society and time, and between technology and site.
|Teaching and learning Methods|
|The course focuses on project work, urban analysis and urban design done in groups and by the individual student. Priority is given to sketch, design and debate by means of modelling, architectural studies, student presentation and plenum critics. The course lectures are supplemented with guest lectures/critiques.
The workshop studio is seen as a test bed in which the role of course responsible are to facilitate a debate on urban design and arguments of interventions among the students – rather than dictate answers on how and on how not to design in urbanism.
The teaching methods applied include scientific and artistic methods as well as techniques for sketching and presentation. Special emphasis is put on sketching by doing videos, diagrams, models, as well as sketching done on tracing paper, in debates and in texts.
The theory of education is that the learning and designing is done in combination of individual and group work. Central in the learning proces is the dialog with tutors and fellow students around the drawing board and presentations, where fellow students and tutors comment and give constructive criticism. Reading of selected chapters and essays in the literature will form the basis for informal debate sessions and is to provide different perspectices on the studio production.
In addition there will be held lectures and introductions by guests and supervisors. Throughout the course a plenum session of presentation, debate and evaluation is scheduled, ideally, once a week.
|The main aims of the course are to provide academic, professional, artistic, and scientific competence understanding the different aspects and challenges of urban design and the different scales of which these design challenges play out. |
The aim of the project work itself is to gain insight into (1) understanding and framing key aspects of urbanism in relation to theory and practice of urban design (2) structuring of complicated urbanism challenges into (3) new possible spatial programming and designs which can hold the complexity and contradictions of the urban, (4) describing, and reflecting on related and relevant biological regulating aspects, design interventions and social communicating and thereby (5) communicate and present urban designs that deal with the relationship between nature and man.
Skills and competencies:
- To frame, analyse, formulate, develop and debate arguments, strategies, design solutions and spatial programmes and their potential to create change in urbanism and urban environments.
- To describe, conceptualise, apply and operationalise theoretical knowledge in relation to urban transformation through drawings, illustrations, diagrams, text, and models.
- To apply scientific, technological and ethical skills in relation to discussion a problem professionally through a design solution.
- To show and communicate a critical and reflective view on problems, arguments and solutions of own- and others work in the field of urbanism.
|Koolhaas, Rem and Mau, Bruce (1995) Small, Medium, Large, Exstra-large. Monacelli Press|
|Mads Farsø Rasmussen, , Forest & Landscape Denmark/Urban and landscape studies, Phone: |
|Study Committee NSN|