HDCB0118SU DCC Ways of Living: Danish Architecture & Urban Design [Copenhagen’s Walking Classroom, S22]

Volume 2021/2022

Danish Culture Courses


In this two-week intensive summer course, the city of Copenhagen will be our primary classroom, with walking-lectures, sidewalk-seminars, independent field studies, and collegial debates being unfolded across a diversity of places within the metropolis. First-hand experiences, place-based interpretative discourses, on-site analyses, and critical readings will be entwined to support grounded ways of questioning and understanding the historical and contemporary Danish architecture and urban design cases at-hand. ‘Ways of living’, in this course, encompasses and addresses a diversity of human and nonhuman relationalities, and acknowledges that architecture and urban design are never stand-alone but are always parts of something both bigger and smaller than themselves. In this course, ‘ways of living’ spans a broad spectrum between ways of living with nature and ways of living relative to shifting socio-cultural conditions and political landscapes. Our concern shall be with such wider themes as urban history, sustainable urban development, climate adaptation, public life and the everyday (including human health and wellness), multi-modal transport, architectural transformation, circular economy, decision-making praxes (including participatory urban design and the distribution of power relations/resources), playscapes, and urban recreation. We warmly encourage diverse academic majors to enrol to further support a richness of interdisciplinary and intersectional perspectives and dialogues in our walking-classroom.


Detailed course programme at  Course programme – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)


NB: Additional notes on course structure: The primary assignment in this course is a written exam paper structured as a critical reflection logbook. In general, each course day is organised such that collective field sessions compromise the first half of the day, and independent field studies compromise the afternoons. Moreover, there will be one course day designated as a full-day group field study exploring new neighbourhood developments in Copenhagen. Note well that weekend days are included in the course schedule given the condensed period of two weeks. Lastly, all sites can be easily reached via public transport, bicycle, foot, or/and scooter – however, should you have any accessibility related concerns, please feel free to mail your queries in advance to dcc@hum.ku.dk.



Courtney D. Coyne-Jensen is an architect and urbanist, working with projects situated in the nexus of practice-teaching-research as a unity.  Working as an external Assoc. Professor at the University of Copenhagen, she also has her atelier in CPH. Phenomenology, enaction, and co-creation underpin her multi-scalar praxis. Degrees include: PhD (KADK), M.Phil. (Cambridge Univ.), B.Arch. (DAAP). CDC has been the recipient of numerous international grants, and publishes and exhibits globally. She is also appointed Ministry-appointed Examiner for all higher education artistic programs in Denmark. She always warmly welcomes collaborations with others dedicated to architecture and design as critical inquiry, social impact, and serious play. https://dk.linkedin.com/in/courtneycoynejensen


Lars Gemzøe is an architect M.A.A. who has been working in practice, teaching and research. He has been an associate partner at Gehl Architects and a Senior Lecturer of Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, as well as teaching at DIS, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. He has been an external Assoc. Professor at the University of Copenhagen since 2005, and has been guest teaching and lecturing at numerous universities and at conferences around the world.  https://dk.linkedin.com/in/lars-gemzøe-20445b10





The required course literature is provided in the Course Reader. The Reader will be sold at Publi@kom in room 11A-0-02 at KUA2. The required readings (general and specific) for each day are noted in each of  the Fact Sheets for the required walking-tour lectures and field studies.

A collection of pertinent books is available in the reference library. These books are only to be studied in the library, cf. list of books, which you can find in the Absalon room. The location is Saxo Knowledge Centre 13B, 2nd floor at KUA2. 

‘walking tour lectures’, independent field studies, group seminars, and collegial debates being unfolded on-site.
Regarding the overall course duration, please note that as a student enrolled in this course, you will be studying full-time during the course days of 06-15 August 2022 – that is, with the weekend days being included as required lecture and field study days (09:00-16:00). The last required teaching day is 15 August 2022, whereupon 16-17 August can be used to finalise one’s logbook assignment if need be.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 33
  • Preparation
  • 70
  • Field Work
  • 45
  • Excursions
  • 8
  • Exam
  • 50
  • Total
  • 206
Not relevant
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written take-home assignment, optional subject.
6-10 standard pages.

The primary assignment for the course is a critical and analytical logbook. It is a place-based daily learning tool and a daily learning practice that challenges students to couple emplaced and embodied ways of knowing with more traditional forms of scholarly literature citation; grounding theory in place. In brief, every walking-tour lecture and field study entails one required logbook entry/page, and each entry must combine textual and visual analyses alike. The logbook, as a whole, is due in digital format at the end of the course, before 12:00 noon on Thursday 18 August 2022 online in Digital Exam.
Exam registration requirements

Curriculum Danish Culture Courses 2019

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Deadline for handing in the written assignment is Thursday 18 August 2022 before 12:00 noon in Digital Exam.


Same as above.