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ARK322 - Suburbs: Design and future challenges
Kursplanen fastställd 2011-02-23 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 Ej Lp
0110 Projekt 22,5 hp Betygskala: TH   7,5 hp 15,0 hp    

I program



Docent  Jenny Stenberg


ARK321   Suburbs: design and future challenges, part A, B, C

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

Kursspecifika förkunskaper

Undergraduate profile with a Bachelor in Architecture, Architectural engineering, Physical planning, Landscape architecture, Interior architecture, Industrial design or Civil engineering.


The studio will give knowledge about the significance of the social dimension of sustainable development, 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.

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, globalization, 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.


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 mass-housing suburbs of the 1960s and 70s, linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects of sustainable development. In co-operation 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 to hand in are a) an individual written reflection on how architectural and design practice may develop when dealing with design environments where social issues are of predominant importance; b) group 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; c) a report from each group describing background, purpose, methods, results and discussion; and d) an oral presentation and exhibition in the study area.

You can find last years presented material at »http://suburbsdesign.wordpress. com» and »www.4shared.com« if you log in with the e-mail »hammarkullen suburbs@gmail.com« and the password »Hammarkullen«.


This is a full-time study course (40 hours a week) and it consists of lectures, literature studies, project work, presentation and critics. This is a preliminary overview of the course:

- Impressions
- Understandings
- Reflections
- Focus
- Project work in smaller groups
- Joint exhibition, oral presentation, critique, examination
- Christmas leave
- Critical reflection, feed-back

During the first four weeks you will learn about Hammarkullen - the local setting for the master studio - and the people living and working there. You will focus on how you, 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. During this period we will also gradually develop ideas for the projects you later on will work with in smaller groups. The projects and groups will be decided about by the examiner.

The next period starts with the definition of 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. During the last weeks of this period you will prepare to make a 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 to give something back to Hammarkullen. The projects will also be discussed by invited external critics, in order for you to get feedback on the entire process.

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. This paper will be discussed after the Christmas leave (≈three weeks) in a seminar possible to attend electronically via video conference facilities or Skype, if you live abroad and have difficulties coming back to Sweden just for one week.

The number of participants in the studio is limited. Students must a) apply through ordinary procedure 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 Studentcentrum.

Associate Professor Jenny Stenberg, phone: 031-772 2346, mobile: 0730-445790, e-mail: jenny.stenberg@chalmers.se

Studio location
The studio is located on full time in the study area of Hammarkullen, in the campus Chalmers has there together with the University of Gothenburg: Centre for Urban Studies Hammarkullen. The first part of the design studio consists of very intense weeks with many lectures and interaction with citizens and local employees. The last week before Christmas with exhibition, presentations in Hammarkullen and examination of your design projects with invited critics as guests is also very intense.

The studio start is in September in the middle of study period 1 and goes on until end of study period 2 in January. Definite information about time and place will be available at PingPong (http://pingpong.chalmers.se) under the title ARK322 at least one week before the studio starts. Students get access to the course material after admission and registration.


A comprehensive literature list will be available at PingPong when the studio starts. You of course carefully read the former reports made in this design studio - they are listed below and will be available at PingPong. Here are some more literature to choose between if you want to read something before we start:

Andrews, Rhys, Richard Cowell, James Downe and Steve Martin (2006). Promoting Effective Citizenship and Community Empowerment: A Guide for Local Authorities on Enhancing Capacity for Public Participation. London, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Bjørn, Niels, Ed. (2008). Aekitektur der forandrer: Fra ghetto til velfungerende byområde. København, Gads Forlag.
Blundell Jones, Peter, Doina Petrescu and Jeremy Till, Eds. (2005). Architecture and Participation. London and New York, Spon Press, taylor and Francis Group.
Chalmers Architecture (2008). Sustainable Hammarkullen: Common Report from the design studio 'Suburbs ¿ design & future challenges'. Gothenburg, Chalmers Architecture.
Chalmers Architecture (2009). Hammarkullen ¿ Design and Future Challenges: Common Report from the design studio 'Suburbs ¿ design & future challenges'. Gothenburg, Chalmers Architecture.
Chalmers Architecture (2010). Co-creation¿Hammarkullen: Common Report from the design studio 'Suburbs ¿ design & future challenges'. Gothenburg, Chalmers Architecture.
Davis, Martin and Liz Millward Hayes (2009). The Theory and Practice of Tenant Participation in Housing: Their House, Your Home.
Faga, Barbara (2006). Designing Public Consensus: The Civic Theater of Community Participation for Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, and Urban Designers. New Jersey, Wiley.
Gaventa, J (2004). "Towards Participatory Governance: Assessing the Transformative Possibilities". In: Participation: From Tyranny to Transformation. Hickey and Mohan. London, Zed Books: 25-41.
Gehl, Jan, Lars Gemzoe, Sia Kirknaes and Britt Sternhagen Sondergaard (2006). New City Life. Copenhagen, The Danish Architecture Press / Arkitektens Forlag.
Gehl, Jan (2010). Cities for People. Rejkavik, Island Press.
Hall, Thomas and Sonja Vidén (2005). "The Million Homes Programme: A Review of the Great Swedish Planning Project." Planning Perspectives 20(3): 301-328.
Listerborn, Carina (2007). "Who speaks? And who listens? The relationship between planners and women¿s participation in local planning in a multi-cultural urban environment." GeoJournal 70: 61¿74.
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 Together?" Local Government Studies 30(1): 51-73.
Lärjedalen (2009b). Local Action Plan for Hammarkullen. Göteborg, Göteborgs stad.
NAO (2004). English Regions: Getting Citizens Involved: Community Participation in Neighbourhood Renewal. London, National Audit Office.
Nigten, Anne, Ed. (2010). Real Projects for Real People Volume 1. Rotterdam, The Patching Zone.
OECD (2001). Citizens as Partners: OECD Handbook on Information, Consultation and Public Participation in Policy Making. Paris, OECD.
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.
Sanoff, Henry (2000). Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning. New York, Wiley.
Schulz, Solveig and Bengt Johansson (2007). "State of the Art: Sweden". In: Improving 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: Contemporary 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. Thesis, 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: Opportunities 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 Inequality 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.
Vigoda, E. (2002). "From Responsiveness to Collaboration: Governance, Citizens, and the New Generation of Public Administration." Public Administration Review, 62(5): 527-540.
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 scheduled lectures/seminars (or written summary/reflection on the lecture topic)
o Active participation at seminars
o Active participation in group work
o Course assignments of sufficient quality (i.e. that fulfils the course objectives and presentation requirements)
o To submit assignments before deadlines to possibly get a higher grade than 3
o To fill in course evaluations

Criteria for grading (3, 4 or 5) is found in the Assessment and Grading table available in the course folder on PingPong.

Sidansvarig Publicerad: må 13 jul 2020.