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ARK321 - Suburbs: design and future challenges, part A, B, C
Kursplanen fastställd 2009-02-24 av programansvarig (eller motsvarande)
Ägare: MPDSD
22,5 Poäng
Betygskala: TH - Fem, Fyra, Tre, Underkänt
Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå
Huvudområde: Arkitektur
Institution: 55 - ARKITEKTUR

Undervisningsspråk: Engelska

Modul   Poängfördelning   Tentamensdatum
Lp1 Lp2 Lp3 Lp4 Sommarkurs
0109 Projekt 7,5 hp Betygskala: TH   7,5 hp    
0209 Projekt 7,5 hp Betygskala: TH   7,5 hp    
0309 Projekt 7,5 hp Betygskala: TH   7,5 hp    

I program



Docent  Jenny Stenberg


ARK320   Design och framtida utmaningar

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För kurser inom Chalmers utbildningsprogram gäller samma behörighetskrav som till de(t) program kursen ingår i.

Kursspecifika förkunskaper

Qualification for the master programme. Bachelor Degree or similar in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Industrial Design, Technical Design, Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering. Participation in the introduction course Sustainable Development and the Design Professions is strongly recommended and will give priority in cases of surplus of applicants.


The studio will give knowledge about the significance of the social dimension of sustainable development and focusing urban development in suburban areas built in the 1960s and 70s as part of the Swedish million programme.

Lärandemål (efter fullgjord kurs ska studenten kunna)

At the end of this studio the students will be prepared to work as professional architects, planners, designers, engineers, etcetera, in design, planning and reconstruction of suburban areas from the million programme linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects of sustainable development.


Description of the studio

Through a series of lectures and assignments, this design studio introduces the social dimensions of the vision of sustainable development when situated within an architecture and urban planning perspective. The studio searches for a deeper understanding of the specific conditions in masshousing suburbs of the 1960s and 70s, linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects of sustainable development. Together with local stakeholders, the existing built environment, plans, public documents and ongoing development processes, as well as the relationship between suburb and the city centre are studied and analysed.

Public participation of citizens is a central aspect, therefore tools and methods for design and planning in collaboration with citizens and other local stakeholders are used and, to a great extent, the studio takes place in the study area. The studio gives you knowledge about the built environment and how it can be designed to meet future challenges based on architectural, social, cultural, economical aspects and within the framework of sustainable resources.

The products are a) a joint written description of the suburban study area, b) an individual written reflection on how architectural and design practice may develop when dealing with design environments where social issues are of predominant importance, c) design proposals in the form of plans, buildings or other objects, and/or design proposals for processes, such as the designing of participative tools for changing ordinary planning and building procedures, and d) an oral presentation and exhibition in the study area.

The course consist of three parts (A, B, C) that are closely interlinked and cannot be taken separately.

Equivalent learning objectives

The physical environment
The construction of the million programme, i.e. the political background as well as the actual physical planning and aesthetics results in form of infrastructure, landscape design, building design, building construction and building materials.
1. Be competent to identify, express and discuss the construction of the million programme.
2. Be talented in illustrating, examining and analyzing the planning and/or building constructions.
3. Value, assess and, if appropriate in the project, create new elements and components within the million programme area.

The social environment
The people living in the suburb as well as the people working there or being active in other ways. Concepts in the field of sociology such as urbanization, global-ization, governance, social exclusion, ethnicity, culture studies, segregation, security, safety.
4. Be able to recognize, describe, identify and explain the social environment in the suburb with help from the sociological concepts.
5. Be capable of applying, criticizing and analyzing some of the sociological concepts as part of the project work.
6. Value, formulate and create e.g. a design proposal within the project, with help from knowledge about the social environment and sociological concepts.

Participative tools and methods
Participative tools and methods for design and planning in collaboration with citizens, employees and other local actors.
7. Be able to recognize, describe and discuss different participative tools and methods.
8. Be talented in applying, examining and analyzing some participative tools as part of the project work.
9. Value, assess and, if appropriate in the project, transform tools or create new participative tools and methods.

Linking social aspects to other aspects
Linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects of sustainable development.
10. Be competent to identify and define links between social and other aspects, not forgetting to relate this identification and defining to the use of participative tools and methods.
11. Be qualified to analyze and critically reflect upon the use of participative tools and relate the personal vision of the professional role.
12. Value and syntheticize social aspects and critical reflections into design of the physical environment. This can be design proposals in the form of plans, buildings or other objects, and/or design proposals for processes such as designing of participative tools, forming proposals for changing of ordinary planning and building procedures, etcetera.

Course structure
This is a full-time study course and it consists of lectures, literature studies, project work, presentation and critics. During the first four weeks we are going to learn about Hammarkullen – the local setting for the master studio – and the people living and working there. We will focus on how we, in our professions, can work with different tools in order to get knowledge and understand of the area. This includes knowledge of both the physical and the social environment. The period ends with a joint report. During this period you will also gradually develop an idea for the projects you then will work with in smaller groups.

The next period starts with defining your project as well as making a strategy and time plan for how you will work. During the following seven weeks you will work with your projects and develop them in close contact with citizens and other stakeholders in Hammarkullen. The projects shall be handed in before Christmas.

Lectures, literature studies and seminars all aims to support your learning process, to give knowledge and creating understanding about the suburbs as well as support discussions. In a specific assignment labelled Critical Reflection, you will, with help from literature, seminars and workshops, be given the task to develop your own critical written reflection about how your project proceed and how your professional role develop.

During the last two weeks you will prepare presentation of your work for citizens and other stakeholders in Hammarkullen. This is an important part of this studio, since we not only want their feedback, but also giving something back to Ham-markullen. Lastly, the projects will be presented at Chalmers for teachers and in-vited external critics, for you to get feedback from us on the entire process.


The number of participants in the studio is limited. Students must a) apply through an email to Sylvia Pompe at Studentcentrum (sylvia.pompe@chalmers.se) at least four weeks before the studio starts and b) show up at the first day of the course. If the number of students fulfilling these two requirements are more than the allowed number of participants, priority will be given to students from the master programme Design for Sustainable Development. Students not attending the first course day will lose their place and it will be offered to the next in line. Any exceptions from this procedure have to be cleared with the examiner in advance. For further information about admission and registration, please contact Sylvia Pompe at Studentcentrum (sylvia.pompe@chalmers.se).

Studio location
We will spend lots of time in the study area Hammarkullen and, if possible, have office space there for certain intensive periods, especially during the first part of the studio which consists of very intense weeks with interaction with citizens and local employees, and of course during the last weeks with its exhibition and pres-entations in Hammarkullen.

The preliminary date for studio start is Monday week 40. Exact date, time and place will be available at pingpong.chalmers.se one week before the studio starts. Students get access to the course material after admission and registration.


A more comprehensive literature list will be available at pingpong.chalmers.se when the studio starts. Here is some literature to start with:

Hall, Thomas and Sonja Vidén (2005). "The Million Homes Programme: A Re-view of the Great Swedish Planning Project." Planning Perspectives 20(3): 301-328.

Lowndes, Vivien and Helen Sullivan (2004). "Like a Horse and Carriage or a Fish on a Bicycle: How Well do Local Partnerships and Public Participation go To-gether?" Local Government Studies 30(1): 51-73.

Sandercock, Leonie, Ed. (1998). Making the Invisible Visible: A Multicultural Planning History. Berkely, Los Angeles, London, University of California Press.

Sandercock, Leonie (2003). Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cites of the 21st Century. London, New York, Continuum.

Schulz, Solveig and Bengt Johansson (2007). "State of the Art: Sweden". In: Im-proving the Quality of Existing Urban Building Envelopes 2: State of the Art. Andeweg, Brunoro and Verhoef. Amsterdam, IOS Press.

Schulz, Solveig, Sonja Viden and Chandra Satish (2007). "General Overview of the Problems Needs and Solutions in the Swedish Urban Building Envelopes". In: Improving the Quality of Existing Urban Building Envelopes 3. Melgaard, Hadjimichael and Verhoef. Amsterdam, IOS Press.

Schön, Donald A (1995). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Aldershot, Hants, Basic Books, Inc.

Sernhede, Ove (2002). "Hip Hop and Social Exclusion Amongst Young Male Immigrants in 'The New Sweden'". In: Lifestyle, Desire and Politics: Contem-porary Identities. Johansson and Sernhede. Göteborg, Diadalos: 227-239.

Stenberg, Jenny (2004). Planning in Interplace? On Time, Power and Learning in Local Activities Aiming at Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development. The-sis, Gothenburg, Chalmers Architecture.

Steyaert, Stef and Lisoir Hervé, Eds. (2005). Participatory Methods Toolkit: A Practitioner’s Manual. Belgium, King Baudouin Foundation and the Flemish Institute for Science and Technology Assessment (viWTA) www.kbs-frb.be or www.viWTA.be.

Taylor, Marilyn (2007). "Community Participation in the Real World: Opportuni-ties and Pitfalls in New Governance Spaces." Urban Studies 44(2): 297-317.

Thörn, Catharina (2008). "Intervention or the Need for a New Cultural Critique." The Politics of Magma(5): 42-66.
UNCED (1992). Agenda 21, United Nations, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, access date 01033, www.un.org/esa/sustdev/agenda21text.htm.

Wacquant, Loic J D (1996). "Red Belt, Black Belt: Racial Division, Class Ine-quality and the State in French Urban Periphery and the American Ghetto". In: Urban Poverty and the Underclass : A Reader. Mingione. London, Blackwell: 234-274.

Viden, Sonja (2007). "Rebuilding Modern Housing for Increased Sustainability". In: Improving the Quality of Existing Urban Building Envelopes 4: Structures. di Giulio, Bozinovski and Verhoef. Amsterdam, IOS Press.

Woltjer, Johan (2000). Consensus Planning: The Relevance of Communicative Planning Theory in Dutch Infrastructure Development. Aldershot, Ashgate.


To pass the course and receive a grade you need:
o 100% presence at lectures (or reading one piece of literature per missed lec-ture and write one A4 page with summary and own reflections)
o Active participation at seminars
o Active participation in group work
o Course assignments of sufficient quality (i.e. that fulfills the course objectives and presentation requirements)
o Participation in oral course evaluation and hand in of written evaluation

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