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ARK125 - Urban design and development 1C
Owner: MPARC
15,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: English
Minimum participants: 10
Maximum participants: 25

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0107 Project, part A 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0207 Project, part B 12,0 c Grading: UG   12,0 c    

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Konstnärlig professor  Anders Hagson
Professor  Knut Strömberg


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 aims of the three consecutive advanced studios in the Urban Design & Development program are to provide fundamental knowledge and train the special skills required to analyse, design and develop urban environments. These abilities combine the creativity and critical eye for quality of the environment associated with urban design with the mastery of the process of decision development among multiple stakeholders and interested parties.

The cases chosen for the studios relate to real issues in practice and society that are challenging the professions involved in urban deign and development as well as to the stage of students proficiency.

This first Urban Design & Development studio - SMALL - addresses design and development of public spaces at local level.

The course will provide knowledge about
- The interaction between urban life, spatial organisation and good cityscape
- How mixes of culture, business and housing generate quality of public realm, physically and socio-culturally
- How urban life, public places, infrastructure, nature elements and transport interact
- The iterative and integrative nature of a creative urban design and development processes.
- Methods and processes for formulation of development strategies for complex urban environments;

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

Students who complete all three advanced studios in Urban Design & Development should have the skills to begin working as professionals in designing, managing and regulating the development of urban environments on all levels of scale or to begin an academic research education.

After completion of this first course, the student should be able to work professionally with site development and design at scale SMALL in the following iterative stages:
Analyse the urban setting, its use and interaction with its surroundings
Define strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Create visions, concepts and strategies with focus on the small scale
Foresee synergies and conflicts
Develop possible design solutions
Develop briefs for the site and its future use
Illustrate and communicate how the proposed solutions contribute to the quality of urban life
Cooperate in teams with different competences and interests


The course is built of a chain of workshops and week sketches which, taken together, will provide the students with knowledge and skills of how to develop and design the urban environment by different interventions.


The course is driven in close cooperation with local stakeholders, municipality planning departments, development corporations and Urban Laboratory Göteborg and in close connection with real ongoing urban design and development processes.


Recommended reading and compulsory literature will be announced in the detailed program for the course.


To obtain the grade passed the student has to fulfil the requirements in each workshop. The workshops have a program with assignments and expected deliveries. Some of the assignments are based on teamwork others are individual. Every assignment is given a value in terms of credits. The students shall also take part in the production of the common and printed studio report.

Page manager Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.