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ARK141 - Urban and architectural design 2
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
15,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: X
Minimum participants: 10
Maximum participants: 25

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Project, part A 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    
0208 Project, part B 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Konstnärlig professor  Ana Betancour


ARK140   Urban design and development 2C


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

To be able to profit by the education in the studios the students need a proficiency at Bachelors degree or similar in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Engineering, Human Geography or a composition of social and technical sciences.


The point of departure in the U + A/ DL [Urban + Architecture/ Design Laboratory] Masters programme is to understand architecture and the city as a dynamic system and the design process as a field of research. The aim is to develop alternative strategies and ways to operate and catalyse change within global transformations affecting cities today. Studio projects, and workshops focus on sustainable urban and architectural development. The field of study is the impact of globalisation on architecture and urbanities. The studio has a specific theme, focus area each year, introduced in the introduction day of the masters programme.

The year programme is built up through a sequence of connected projects and workshops evolving around a theme. It involves regular design based studios and lectures that structure theoretical and practical basis of the course. Modes of working are tested and developed through unconventional experimentation and within the milieu of the studio conceived as a laboratory. This involves making of physical models, installations and prototypes, film and animations, as well as detailed urban, architectural and landscape proposals.

The investigations and design process works towards architectural interventions that intend to add a new layer of spaces, infrastructure, production, technological insertions, and/or events ¿ creating a new matrix onto existing urban structures. The architectural and urban intervention can be seen as operative and operating systems, agents that can transform, subvert and mutate existing systems of production and inhabitation of a city.

The course operates across a variety of different spatial scales by analysing existing and potential urban qualities in urban environments, activities and infrastructures - putting the design questions in local and global contexts of market and regulatory constraints and in the perspectives of design, control and communicative processes.

Presentation and representation is an integral part of the course, where understanding of ones own point of view is key to being able to adapt to new situations and develop strong propositions.

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

Educational aims:
Students who complete all three advanced studios in U+A/DD will have gained:

- Knowledge, strategies, and methodologies to design visions for urban development, as well as urban, architectural, and landscape design interventions to a detail level.

- The skills to begin working as professionals in designing, managing and regulating the development of urban and architectural environments on all levels of scale or to begin an academic research education.

- General skills in digital techniques, media, and new technologies of connectivity.

Students will have developed an understanding of:
- Emerging urban phenomenon
- Strategies and methodologies for urban change
- The relationship between human activities and spatial configurations
- Theories, strategies, and technologies of sustainability

Students will be encourage to work in teams, to develop:
- Communication skills to work interdisciplinary with people of varying backgrounds.
- To communicate by the use of various media, manage a process for a design dialogue with a wide range of actors.


Years Programme:
The year is structured as interrelated parts which breakdown the work into various parts. Within the modules shorter workshops that input other skills and issues such as urban strategies, technology or base level skills into the development of the work.

The main areas of study:
A. Research / Database

Investigations into an urban context, existing systems, through interdisciplinary research we discuss how to critically process data. Developing basic skills in information design, narrative structures and representation.

B. Urban Models and Scenarios:
Investigations of models, methodologies, and theories in urban design. The intention here is to develop basic expertise and methods in the construction of strategies, open-ended urban scenarios, and programming in the individual projects.

C. Laboratory work:
Hands on testing, models and prototype development, advanced skills (the focus and field of investigation varies each academic year) and can vary focus between: film, media, physical explorations through the construction of models, devices and installations.

D. Field studies:
The aim is to develop skills in the understanding and reading of urban processes and field conditions, using media and/or the interventions as catalyst for reading or/and interaction on site.

E. Urban + Architectural interventions:
Design resolutions in various scales for hybrid, cross programme, multipurpose spaces, networks, infrastructure, landscapes and buildings.


Recommended reading will be announced in the detailed program for the studio.


Assessment: The assessment and evaluation incorporates a design and portfolio based project. The project and hand in are set up to allow students to either develop own concerns or to further the design work.

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