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Academic year
ARK516 - Urban landscapes
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKARK
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Architecture

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 45138
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Project, part A 12,0 c Grading: UG   12,0 c    
0218 Project, part B 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0318 Laboratory, part C 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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TKARK ARCHITECTURE, Year 3 (compulsory)


Anna-Johanna Klasander

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Architectural design project 13,5 hec


General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

At least 90 university credits in Years 1 and 2 of the Architecture program, or equivalent work from comparable architecture or design education. To be eligible students must have achieved passing grades in the second-year courses Renovation and Urban Revitalization, Urban Housing, and Urban Space and Planning.


The course Urban Landscapes addresses design and analysis of urban space and urban landscapes. The aim is to develop knowledge and skills for urban design projects in complex contexts. This entails to develop understanding of today’s multifacetted urban landscape and how it is used as well as how it enables or constrics development on different levels: indivdual, social, and societal.

The course addresses:
  • The relationships between urban form and urban life
  • Circumstances that structure and form urban transformation
  • Factors that influence sustainable urban development
  • Artistic and experimental methods for urban investigations
  • How urban design and planning influence ecological, social, cultural and economic values in urban settings

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe and analyse urban landscapes as regards buildings, spaces, form, functions and context at different scale levels
  • Identify relevant keys for different forms of urban life and describe these with text and illustrations
  • Analyse critical conditions on regional and local level for sustainable urban development
  • Describe how the form and configuration of the urban landscape influence people’s different patterns of movement and potentials for meetings
  • Translate relevant analyses to a coherent concept and design proposal
  • Visualise and communicate ideas of spatial design for complex urban development projects
  • Argue for and evaluate qualities in urban design projects
  • Refer to examples of contemporary urban design
  • Reflect on knowledge and experiences gained from the course

The artistic lab:
  • Use artistic and experimental methods for thematical studies of urban settings
  • Formulate artistic propositions and concepts that relate to critical issues of urban space and and urban life
  • Evaluate and explain the value of artistic approaches for an expanded architectural knowledge

Digital methods of analyses
  • Comprehend and use different types of geographical information systems (GIS) to describe and anlyse spatial, social, ekonomic and ecological conditions
  • Ability to present geographical data in legible and graphically attractive ways


The Urban Landscapes course is based on the relationship between the built city and the lived city. That means that knowledge about how people live in a city is woven together with insights into how a city is structured, built, and designed.

The course addresses several topics:
  • Urban transformation at different geografical levels, with the UN’s Global Goals as point of departure: from global issues to regional conditions and local initiatives.
  • The spatial configurations of the city: spatial connections within and between urban areas.
  • The interface between the various social scales of urban spaces and between the architectural design of spaces and buildings.
  • Time and processes in urban development.
The core of this course is an urban design project of high complexity taken from practice. Lectures, excercises, seminars and fieldtrips feed into the project along the way. During the course the understanding and skills develop and deepen at the same time as knowledge and insights increase about today’s societies and settlements, as well as about the driving forces and processes that influence and steer urban design and planning.

Assignments are mostly carried out in smaller groups.


The course is planned and led by a team of teachers with supervisors in the studios.


A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

A passing grade requires:
  • Approved urban design project
  • Approved results of the separate assignments for artistic methods and GIS analyses
  • Active participation at supervisions and crits as well as approved written hand-ins
If the result is not considered as a pass in the course, then supplementation must be completed in accordance to written instructions and assessed in the next subsequent re-examination period. If this primary supplementation does not result in a pass and further supplementation is then required, this will also be notified in writing. This secondary supplementation will be assessed in the subsequent re-examination period. If the additions are then not deemed sufficient for passing the course, the course should be retaken.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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