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ARK323 - Design and planning for social inclusion
Kursplanen fastställd 2013-02-21 av programansvarig (eller motsvarande)
Ägare: MPDSD
22,5 Poäng
Betygskala: TH - Fem, Fyra, Tre, Underkänt
Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå
Huvudområde: Arkitektur
Institution: 55 - ARKITEKTUR

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Undervisningsspråk: Engelska
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Modul   Poängfördelning   Tentamensdatum
Lp1 Lp2 Lp3 Lp4 Sommarkurs Ej Lp
0112 Projekt, del A 7,5 hp Betygskala: TH   7,5 hp    
0212 Projekt, del B 15,0 hp Betygskala: TH   15,0 hp    

I program



Doktor  Pål Castell
Univ lektor  Lena Falkheden


ARK321   Suburbs: design and future challenges, part A, B, C ARK322   Suburbs: Design and future challenges

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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 or Human Geography with a profile in planning or Bachelor of Science in Conservation, with major in Integrated Conservation of Built Environments.


The studio will give knowledge about challenges and opportunities for development in suburban areas built in the 1960s and 70s as part of the Swedish Million Programme. Social aspects of sustainable development and citizen participation are specific focus areas.

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, antiquarians, 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.

Learning Objectives
The learning objectives are here presented in five themes, which are equally valued.

1. Analysis
Be able to describe and analyse the local context of a Swedish Million Programme area...
a) ...regarding its physical environment, including such as natural landscape, infrastructure, buildings and historical development
b) ...regarding its sociocultural characteristics, including such as demographic patterns, cultural identities, living conditions, governance and social networks
c) ...taking into account the potential differences in perspectives between different groups among people living and working in the area, planners and other relevant actors
d) ...relating to important global trends and issues, such as segregation, gender inequalities, ethnic discrimination and climate change

2. Design
Be able to design a proposal that aims to contribute to sustainable development in the studied area...
a) ...emphasising social and cultural aspects and the improvement of living/working conditions
b) ...taking departure in existing local conditions (both physical and sociocultural)
c) ...using knowledge and skills related to the profession of architects, planners, designers, engineers, antiquarians, etcetera

3. Participative tools and methods
Be able to carry out planning and design projects in collaboration with citizens, employees and other local actors...
a) ...choosing/(re)designing appropriate participative tools and methods
b) ...applying, examining and analysing these tools and methods as part of the project work

4. Presentation and communication
Be able to communicate the work in a good way to a broad target group of local and external actors...
a) ...in a report
b) ...in an oral stage presentation
c) ...in an exhibition with posters and optionally models and other exhibition materials

5. Critical reflection
Be able to analyse and reflect critically upon your own practice in your project work...
a) ...regarding your role in the project group
b) ...regarding your project work in relation to the local community
c) ...regarding your design proposal and such as potential conflicts between different aspects of sustainability, and between different stakeholders' interests


Description of the studio

Through a series of assignments, lectures and seminars, this design studio elaborates with the challenges for built environment professionals (architects, designers, planners, engineers, antiquarians, etc.) to contribute to sustainable development in Million Programme areas, linking social aspects to e.g. environmental, technical, aesthetic, economic aspects. The assignments include using different methods to analyse the studied area, its places, life and functions, some of them in close collaboration with people living or working there. There is a specific focus on introducing and practicing different methods for citizen participation, as an important dimension of working for social inclusion.
The rich programme with lectures and seminars involve practitioners and researchers with expertise in the studio's key themes, many with local connection but also international guests.
The main assignment is the project work, which is carried out in small groups. The studio projects are carefully selected to connect to real projects and give the students possibilities to develop skills for their future professions. The Centre for Urban Studies in Hammarkullen provides a unique possibility for the students to get a very close relation to one area representing the studio's context.

Expected deliveries are a) presentation of results from a series of minor assignments; b) posters and optionally models etc. presenting the studio project; c) a comprehensive report from each project group describing background, purpose, methods, results and discussion more elaborate; d) an oral presentation and exhibition in the study area; and e) an individual written reflection on the work in relation to the studio's themes and thoughts about future professions.

You can find previous years' presented material at »http://suburbsdesign.wordpress.com«.


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

  • Impressions

  • Understandings

  • Reflections

  • Focus

  • Project work in smaller groups

  • Joint exhibition, oral presentation, critique, examination

  • 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 your future profession, can work with different tools in order to learn to know and understand an 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 teachers.

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 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 create understanding about challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in Swedish Million Programme areas. 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 final seminar. (If you live abroad and have difficulties coming back to Sweden in January just for one week, it will be possible to attend this seminar electronically via video conference facilities or Skype).

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 is more than the allowed number of participants, priority will be given to students from the master programme Design for Sustainable Development (Chalmers University of Technology). Students shall try hard to start immediately the first course day or else there might be difficulties. Exceptions from this needs to be cleared with the examiner in advance. For further information about admission and registration, please contact Studentcentrum in the main library at Chalmers.

Studio Location
The course takes place mainly in the study area of Hammarkullen, at the Centre for Urban Studies, which is a relatively new research and education centre run by Chalmers together with the University of Gothenburg (www.chalmers.se/urban). 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 ARK323 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


To pass the course and receive a grade you need:

o Presence at scheduled activities is required. Some absence can be accepted if there are legitimate reasons (e.g. sickness). In other cases, supplementary assignments have to be handed in (e.g. written reviews on literature)
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 Delayed submission of assignments will negatively influence the grades
o Electronic course evaluations should be filled in

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.