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ARK077 - Nordic architecture
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
7,5 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

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Written and oral assignments, part A 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c    
0208 Written and oral assignments, part B 3,5 c Grading: TH   3,5 c    

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Professor  Claes Caldenby


ARK076   Nordic architecture

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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..


This course gives an overview of Nordic and especially Swedish architecture and town planning from the 1930s till today with special emphasis on its social and cultural context.

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

At the completion of the course, each student should have a general understanding of Nordic architecture in the 20th and 21st century and a specific knowledge of a building, theory or architect from the Nordic countries. Students should also be able to critically discuss Nordic architecture and see it in larger contexts, for example in relation to the building cultures of their home country (if not Nordic).


The course introduces significant moments in 20th and 21st century architecture from the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), from early modernism to contemporary works. Selected movements, buildings, projects and writings will be presented in national, inter-Nordic and international contexts and be discussed in relation social, cultural and political tendencies of the time.


The course is based on lectures, seminars, excursions, model building and
literature. Some lectures are given by invited guests from the other Nordic
A trip to one of
four Nordic countries is included.


K. Kjeldsen et al. (eds) New Nordic. Architecture & identity (2012)

Asgaard Andersen (ed) Nordic Architects Write (2008)


To be passed delivery of a paper, a group
and active participation in lectures, seminars and
excursions is 

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