Code: AG2108 ECTS Credits: 7,5
Level: D (Advanced)
Grading: A, B, C, D, E, F, Fx
Compulsory for: SP (S4), TUPDM1
Period 2; Time: (Subject to change):
Lectures 12h; Seminars 12h; Excursion 8h
Course Responsible 2009/2010
Dr. Bosse Bergman, Architect and Urban Historian, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +46 8 790 9258 and Dr. Moa Tunström, Spatial Planner and Urban Theorist, email@example.com tel. +46 8 790 6000
The course is about the complex relationship between economy, society and city and about the transformation of cities now going on when the industrial society turns into a post-industrial and more globally dependant society.
The students following the course shall:
- Acquire a general understanding of the complex relationship between economic, social, political and cultural circumstances shaping planning and the city
- Acquire special knowledge about the town planning circumstances prevailing when the industrial city now turns into a post-industrial and globally dependant society, and about the competing ideas flourishing about the shape of the post-industrial city
- Be able to give well-founded arguments for his/her own ideas about rules for town planning today
Cultural traditions and economic and political forces shape cities, which in turn have social implications. Planning is embedded in this and could be looked upon as enabling what is needed for a smooth functioning of the system. Among the pioneers in planning for the industrial city were Ebenezer Howard, Patrick Geddes, le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Lewis Mumford. These planners and the societies they were working in are to be understood in the course and used as a formative background for the whole modernist tradition in planning.
From the 1970s on the industrial society with its well-fare institutions and modernistic approach to planning and architecture was criticised for a series of mainly economic reasons. One was that the fordistic way of production was transformed into a more flexible way of accumulation of capital including a more global competition among enterprises, another that knowledge base production took over from mechanistic industrial production. There was also a more civic society oriented criticism of the modernistic way of living.
All this is mirrored in the literature from the last decades on town planning and design, where new ways of looking at cities adapted to a post-industrial era are presented. Among the well-known analysts are Henry Lefebvre, Jane Jacobs, Rem Koolhaas, David Harvey, Leonie Sandercock, Saskia Sassen and Manuell Castells.
The main part of the course is appropriated to that kind of literature. Lectures will be given about the societal context to planning at different periods and about the city concept. Most of the time though is devoted to reading, ending up in four literature seminars. At each seminar two or more texts of the kinds mentioned shall be critically examined and discussed. The students are to be prepared by writing and handing in texts where the literature is commented and comparisons made between different texts. At the end of the course there will be a study visit to a couple of newly built areas and an exercise where alternative approaches to the design of the sites shall be illustrated.
3 years of university studies within the field of Planning, Architecture, Engineering or Social Science.
Four approved papers handed in before the literature seminars and participation in the Seminars (4 c)
One design exercise (1 c)
Will be announced at course start