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ATH100 - The city shaped
Owner: TKARK
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Level: A
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0103 Written and oral assignments 5,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c 2,0 c    

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MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 


Bitr professor  Gunilla Linde Bjur

MTS course


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

All students admitted to Chalmers and Chalmers Lindholmen are eligible for course entry.


The purpose of this course is to give a cultural historic orientation of various urban patterns, structures and characteristics. Future engineers and architects are introduced to a number of methods for urban analysis. The course in this way aims at providing tools for further urban studies and hopefully inspire cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussions and collaboration.


Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, Barcelona and Istanbul are among the cities with different (mainly Western) cultural expressions which will be discussed during lectures in this course. The course book The City Shaped presents a parallel, broader spectrum of urban analyses made in all parts of the world. Five themes will be discussed: Are there entirely organically developed cities? How does the urban grid function? What utopias and ideal cities have been built? Do we need the monumental and the grand manner? What changes has the urban skyline been subject to during different periods of time and different cultures?


Reading period 3 (3 credits): Lectures (two hours, scheduled for late afternoons), each focusing on a particular city or theme. The course book is for parallel, individual study. The reading period is concluded with a paper (min. 5000 characters) on some aspect of urbanity. Essays may be written individually or in small groups (max. 3 students per group). In addition, an individual commentary on another student s paper (approx. a half A4-sheet) should be submitted. The corpus of essays will be made available to all course participants in time for this final assignment. Reading period 4 (2 credits) begins with a guided bus tour in Göteborg. Experiences gained during the previous reading period are used as a starting-point for more experimental exercises and presentations aiming at analyzing and discussing the city: videos, games, short stories, guided city tours and lectures etc, are possible means of presentation.


Kostof, Spiro: The City Shaped (recommended price approx. SEK 240).


Requirements for a pass mark include participation at lectures, submission of paper and commentary (LP3, 3 credits) and participation in exercises and final presentation (means of presentation is optional) (LP4, 2 credits).

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