ECTS credits: 7,5
Level: D (Advanced)
Grading: A, B, C, D, E, F, Fx
Compulsory for: UPD1
Period: 3; Time: (Subject to Change):
Lectures: 18h; Seminars: 12h; Project work: 42h
Course Responsible for 2010
Professor Ana Betancour, Architect, Researcher & Critic, Director of A+URl Laboratory (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) Tel: +46 87906000
INTERMEDIATE URBAN DESIGN STUDIO COURSE
This course is an introduction to the concepts of public space and place in an inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the role of architecture in creating that space. The course will give participants an insight into the social and democratic implications of public space as well as provide training in analysing, describing and responding architecturally to public spaces as a physical entity.
The course will provide a more profound insight into the complexities of public space and the concept of place as imaginary and physical forms. Participants will receive a basic understanding of the discourse on public space as it is known in urban theory, art, human geography, sociology and philosophy, thereby being able to discern the potentials and limitations of space in architectural terms. Objects of study – traditional public spaces as well as those of “hybrid” character – will be analysed in their cultural, urban and historical context. Participants will gain a practical competence by performing design exercises and/or conceptual interventions, and after completion will be able to:
- create an understanding and vocabulary of public spaces and places
- analyse existing public spaces in their cultural, urban and historical contexts
- discuss, critizise and/or motivate changes of existing public spaces
- shape, present and motivate proposals for new public spaces
The learning method will be carried out through analysis of various public spaces in different city environments in the Stockholm area. The analysis will be performed by extended site visits, documentation and archive research concerning architectural drawings, plans and historical ideals. Emphasis will be put on the ability to understand and describe the material and social conditions of existing public spaces as a pre-requisite for the ability to propose transformed or new spatial forms. The work will be carried out in studios, individually or in small groups, and must be presented in a way that allows it to be judged by external reviewers. Lectures, literature studies and seminars will run parallel to the practical assignment and provide a theoretical or conceptual framework.
120 credits from architecture, landscape architecture or planning programmes on graduate level.
80% attendance at lectures and active participation at seminars
Completion and hand in of studio project, individually or in small groups (2-3 persons)
Will be announced at course start