LNAK10082U Urbanism Studio
The aim of the course is to enhance the individual student
ability to practice urbanism in a context of an unexpected future.
The course encourages students to investigate and develop landscape
architecture as a multiple gaze on urbanism through 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 can be understood as a landscape entity. Focus is on how to analyse, conceptualise, question, design and intervene on different scales. Special interest is 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 Danish context and the city formerly known as suburbia.
The course does not restrict the students work to specific theoretical positions or themes. Instead students are asked to position and engage their proposals to theoretical positions. Designs are to be presented, discussed and evaluated in plenum. Through the design intervention the individual student is to learn to take part in the professional debates within urbanism. 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?
Special focus is paid to discussions of how potential transformation of a site towards new use, new aesthetics and new meaning of the urban can be conceptualized, argued and contested in an landscape architectural design. Students are continually trained in exploring arguments for and against their design intervention.
The aim of the project work itself is to gain insight into (1) understanding and framing key aspects of urbanism (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 empowerment and thereby (5) communicate, present and argue urban designs that show a new modernity in the relationship between nature and human.
Koolhaas, Rem and Mau, Bruce (1995) Small, Medium, Large, Exstra-large. Monacelli Press. For sale in the Campus book store.
Litterature recommended, key readings:
Hauxner, Malene (2003) Open to the Sky - the second phase of the modern breakthrough 1950-1970. Building and landscape, spaces and works, city landscapes.
Andersson, Sven-Ingvar (1990) Havekunsten i Danmark/Garden art in Denmark. In Arkitektur DK, nr. 4, year 1990, pp 133-170
Theories of Urban Design is recommended.
The studio is seen as a test bed, workshop and a working office 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. Nobody will know the final outcome of the studio, of 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 film experiments, 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.
A study trip is offered as an option to explore urbanism in a different context and configuration.
- Project work
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- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examinationOral examination of port folios
- Exam registration requirements
- Hand in of port folios prior to deadline provided in the course plan
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
- 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 films, drawings, illustrations, diagrams, text, and models.
- To apply scientific, technological, aesthetic and ethical skills in relation to discussion a problem professionally through a design solution.
- To show, empower and communicate a critical and reflective view on problems, arguments and solutions of own- and others work in the field of urbanism.