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Academic year
ARK620 - Crash course: Beyond sustainability
Intensivkurs: Hållbar framtid
Syllabus adopted 2018-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDSD
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture

Course selection in architecture has a separate process. Please contact Director of Studies Anna Knutsson if you have questions.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 25

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Written and oral assignments 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    

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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


The course furthers the students' knowledge in architectural and urban design by means of representation, prototypes and/or virtual or material processes. It introduces specific techniques and methods within an accompanying field of research or discourse. It trains the students' ability to design and analyze through an iterative and explorative process.

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

Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate a deepened understanding of methods, techniques and processes required to handle complex design issues within the field of architecture and urban design.
Conceive, analyze and/or realize architectural ideas through representations, prototypes and/or virtual or material processes.

Abilities and skills
Make advanced use of design media (e.g. drawings, diagrams, mapping, geometry, models, mock-ups, video, virtual reality, geodata, etc.) in order to inform and drive their design process.
Use the above in order to develop a design project of limited scope.
Analyze and communicate their designs through various modes of representation.
Appropriately devise refined types of representation to highlight specific conceptual issues and/or sensory qualities.

Ability of assessment and attitude

Promote the value of refined means of representation and prototyping in architecture.
Critically relate their own work in the course to a larger issue or question in architecture, as outlined in the brief.


The work in the seminar develops through explorative studies within a specific range of design media and through a design project of limited scope. The brief is formulated so that it targets a current issue or debate in the field of architecture and urban design. Students are required to critically relate their work in the seminar to larger issues outlined in the brief.


The brief and its context is introduced in an introductory lecture. Learning is structured around a weekly set of demonstrations, tutorials and pin-ups. Deliverables are defined at the outset of the course through weekly assignments and through the final review. Students work individually or in teams.


To be announced in a bibliography in each course brief.

Examination including compulsory elements

Student projects will be presented verbally according to requirements (e.g. drawings, models, media, text) outlined in the brief and assessed in a final review with invited guests at Chalmers Department of Architecture. Each student project is further reviewed after submission. A minimum of 80% active attendance / participation in lectures, pin-ups, demos and visits is required in order to pass the course.

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