LNAK10084U Theories of Urban Design
MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture
The course focuses on selected theories and discourses about
urban design. Urban design is here understood in a broad sense,
encompassing visions and plans for the morphology of cities and the
interplay with liveability and ecology. In other words, visions and
ideas about the ideal city and good urban life through the last
century are in the centre of this course. This is, however, a broad
issue, and therefore the course will concentrate on three main
- From pre-modern to post-modern urban design
- Place making and the role of public space
- Sustainable urban development and urban landscapes
Central design paradigms, different approaches and view-points about how cities should be designed and transformed will be discussed. The contemporary city will be our case to throw light on how urban design concepts and models have been operationalised and have influenced practice. Academic reading and writing skills will be trained during the course.
After completing the course, the students will know central
paradigms, discourses, standpoints and approaches to urban design
and -development, they will be able to use this knowledge in a
critical-reflective way in analysing contemporary cities and in
their own design work.
Students will obtain an understanding of central paradigms, approaches, theories and discourses about urban design in the 20th century and till today, understand central points of discussion between standpoints, their background and context, and their effect on contemporary cities.
At the end of the course the students will be trained in basic academic reading and writing skills. They will be able to use urban design theories in a critical-reflective way, and to develop positions of their own.
They will be able to show this ability in oral, written and graphic form.
At the end of the course the students shall be able to use theoretical points of reference when relating to issues of contemporary urban design.
A compendium with the texts used in course.
The city of Copenhagen outside the door.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 15 minutesWritten assignment, during courseThe written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It is supplemented by a list of exam questions related to the texts. Questions include the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. Part-exams are not weighted, and an overall assessment is is given after the oral exam.
- Exam registration requirements
- Hand-in of exercise (boards - group work), during course
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examinators
Individual re-submission of written assignment, 15 minutes oral examination. If the student did not hand-in the exercise during the course, it must be done individually for the re-exam and handed ind no later than 3 weeks before the re-exam. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It is supplemented by a list of exam questions related to the texts. Questions include the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See 'Learning Outcome'.