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ARK323 - Design and planning for social inclusion  
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-08 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDSD
22,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Project, part A 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    
0212 Project, part B 15,0 c Grading: TH   15,0 c    

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Konstnärlig lärare  Emilio da Cruz Brandao


ARK321   Suburbs: design and future challenges, part A, B, C ARK322   Suburbs: Design and future challenges


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master programme or Civil Environmental Engineering or Human Geography with a profile in planning or Bachelor of Science in Conservation, with major in Integrated Conservation of Built Environments.


The studio will give knowledge about challenges and opportunities for development in suburban areas built in the 1960s and 70s as part of the Swedish Million Programme. Social aspects of sustainable development and citizen participation are specific focus areas.

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

The studio prepares students to work as professionals with design, planning and reconstruction of suburban areas from the modernistic planning paradigm - linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, spatial, technical, aesthetic and economic aspects of sustainable development.

Learning Objectives
The learning objectives are here presented in five themes, which are equally valued.

1. Analysis
Be able to describe and analyse the local context of a Swedish Million Programme area...
a) ...regarding its physical environment, including such as natural landscape, infrastructure, spatial configuration, buildings and historical development
b) ...regarding its sociocultural characteristics, including such as demographic patterns, cultural identities, living conditions, governance and social networks
c) ...taking into account the differences in perspectives between different groups of stakeholders, such as inhabitants, workers in the area, planners, politicians and property owners
d) ...relating to important global trends and issues, such as segregation, gender inequalities, ethnic discrimination and climate change

2. Participatory tools and methods
Be able to carry out planning and design projects in collaboration with citizens, employees and other local actors...
a) ...choosing/(re)designing appropriate participatory tools and methods
b) ...applying, examining and analysing these tools and methods as part of the project work

3. Design
Be able to design a proposal that aims to contribute to sustainable development in the studied area...
a) ...emphasising social and cultural aspects and the improvement of living/working conditions
b) ...taking departure in existing local conditions, both physical and sociocultural
c) ...using knowledge and skills related to the profession of architects, planners, designers, engineers, antiquarians, etcetera

4. Presentation and communication
Be able to communicate the work in an accessible way to a broad target group of local and external actors...
a) drawings, visualisations, diagrams and text
b) a report
c) an oral stage presentation
d) an exhibition with posters and optionally models and other exhibition materials

5. Critical reflection
Be able to analyse and reflect critically upon your own practice in your project work...
a) ...regarding your role in the project group
b) ...regarding your project work in relation to the local community
c) ...regarding your design proposal and such as potential conflicts between different aspects of sustainability, and between different stakeholders' interests


Description of the studio

Through a series of assignments, lectures, seminars and workshops, this design studio elaborates with the challenges for built environment professionals (architects, designers, planners, engineers, antiquarians, etc.) to contribute to sustainable development in suburban districts of the modernist planning paradigm ¿ in Sweden the Million Programme, linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, spatial, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects. The assignments include different methods to analyse the studied area, its places, life and functions, some of them in close collaboration with people living or working there. There is a specific focus on introducing and practicing methods for citizen participation, as an important dimension of working for social inclusion.
The rich programme with lectures and seminars involve practitioners and researchers with expertise in the studio's key themes, many with local connection but also international guests.
The main assignment is the project work, which is carried out in small groups. The studio projects are carefully selected to connect to real projects and give the students possibilities to develop skills for their future professions. The studio is located in a local context, hitherto in Hammarkullen, which provides a unique possibility for the students to get a very close relation to one area representing the studio's context.

Expected deliveries are a) presentation of results from a series of minor assignments; b) posters and optionally models etc. presenting the studio project; c) a concise report or logbook from each project group describing background, purpose, methods, the project process, results and discussion more elaborate; d) an oral presentation and exhibition in the study area; and e) an individual written reflection on the work in relation to the studio's themes and thoughts about future professions.

You can find previous years' material at »«.


This is a full-time study course (40 hours a week) and it consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, exercises, literature studies, project work, presentation and critique. This is a preliminary brief overview of the curriculum:
- Impressions
- Understandings
- Reflections
- Focus
- Project work in smaller groups
- Joint exhibition, oral presentation, critique, examination
- Critical reflection, feed-back

During the first weeks you will learn about the chosen area, the local setting for the master studio and the people living and working there. You will focus on how you, in your future profession, can work with different tools to learn to know and understand an area and its drivers for change. This includes knowledge of both the physical and the social environment. During this period we will also gradually develop ideas for the projects you later will work with in smaller groups. This first part of the design studio is very intense with many lectures and interaction with citizens and local employees.

The second period starts with the complete definition of your project with a strategy and time plan. During the following weeks you will develop your projects, and continuously consult or cooperate with citizens and other stakeholders in the area. At the end of this period you will make a presentation of your work for citizens and other stakeholders. This is an important part of this studio since we not only want their feedback but also want to give something back to the area. The projects will also be discussed by invited external critics, who will give you feedback on both the result and your work process. The last week before Christmas with exhibition, presentations in Hammarkullen, and examination of your design projects with invited critics is very intense and fruitful.

Lectures, literature studies and seminars all aim to support your learning process, to give knowledge and create understanding of challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in Swedish Million Programme areas. In a specific assignment labeled Critical Reflection, you will, with help from literature, seminars and workshops, develop your own critical written reflection about how your project proceed and how your professional role develop. This paper will be discussed in a final seminar after the Christmas leave. (If you live abroad and have difficulties coming back to Sweden in January for just one week, it will be possible to attend this seminar via video conference or Skype).

The number of participants in the studio is limited. Students must a) apply through ordinary procedure and b) show up at the first day of the course. If the number of students fulfilling these two requirements is more than the allowed number of participants, priority will be given to students from the master programme Design for Sustainable Development (Chalmers University of Technology). Students who fail to attend from the first day of the course risk difficulties in catching up. Exceptions need to be cleared with the examiner in advance. For further information about admission and registration, please contact Studentcentrum in the main library at Chalmers.

Studio Location
The course takes place mainly in the study area of Hammarkullen.

The studio starts in September (study period 1) and finishes in January (studio period 2). Definite information about time and place will be available at PingPong ( under the title ARK323 at least one week before the studio starts. Students get access to the course material after admission and registration.


A comprehensive literature list will be available on PingPong when the studio starts


För att få godkänt och erhålla betyg i kursen fordras:
- Närvaro på schemalagda aktiviteter fordras. Viss frånvaro kan accepteras vid godkända orsaker (t ex sjukdom). I andra fall måste kompletterande uppgifter lämnas in (t ex skrivna recensioner av litteratur)
- Aktivt deltagande i seminarier
- Aktivt deltagande i grupparbete
- kursuppgifter av tillräcklig kvalitet (som uppfyller kursens mål och presentationskrav)
- Försenade inlämningar av uppgifter påverkar betyget negativt
- Elektroniska kursvärderingar skall fyllas i

Kriterier för betyg (3,4 och 5) finns i tabellen om betygsättning på kurssidan i PingPong.

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