Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Johnny Åstrand,, Housing Development and Management. Prerequisites: Bachelor degree or three years of approved fulltime studies at university level in architecture, landscape architecture, design, urban planning, or the equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: For approval of the course a minimum of 80% attendance is demanded at lectures, seminars and workshops. The student must hand in the assignments for approval and write a paper for approval. Further information: The course is preferrably taken together with Architecture in Extreme Environments - Urban Shelter. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give an orientation on urban shelter design in an international perspective, with a focus on the urban poor. The aim is to generalize and develop knowledge from previous courses by relating concepts and theories of architecture and urban design to the current discourse on development and urban shelter.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

in writing and with references to the course literature be able to:

* describe the most important documents related to international development and poverty reduction in the built environment

* describe the main features of urbanization in an international perspective

* formulate criteria for urban shelter design.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

in writing and with references to the course literature be able to:

* analyze an urban site with theories and concepts of urban shelter design

in drawings and with references to the course literature be able to:

* design a building and part of a housing area.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course gives an overview of urban shelter design in an international perspective, with a focus on the conditions of the urban poor.

The course provides an introduction to the global goals and strategies for a sustainable development of the built environment, such as the UN-habitat Agenda, the World Urban Forum and the Millennium Development Goals. Concepts of urbanization, urban growth, and the distribution of the urban population in different regions of the world will be analyzed. The course focuses on themes of urban shelter design related to social, environmental and economic aspects.

From the perspective of urban shelter design, the course develops and combines previous theoretical knowledge and concepts related to design of housing and human settlements. The following themes are included in the course: use of public space, issues of safety and security, gender and physical planning, energy consumption and passive climatization of buildings and urban space, slum-upgrading, finance for low-income housing and organized self-help housing.

Examples include projects, case studies and research from Algeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Philippines Sri Lanka, Sweden, South Africa and Tunisia.

The course contains both literature studies and a design proposal of a building and part of a housing area.

Davis, M: Planet of Slums. Verso London, New York 2006. ISBN: 1-84467-022-9.
Tannerfeldt, G & Ljung, P: More Urban Less Poor, an introduction to urban development and management. Earthscan 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-381-8.
Kompendium: Shelter, HDM med artiklar:
Acioly, C & Davidson, F: Density in Urban Development, Building Issues, Vol 8, No 3. 1996.
Boonyabancha, S: Going to scale with “slum” and squatter upgrading in Thailand. Environment & Urbanization, Vol 17, No 1. 2005.
Fay, M & Ruggieri L C: Urban Poverty in Latin America and the Carribean: Setting the Stage, in the Urban Poor in Latin America. The World Bank 2005, ISBN:10 0 8213 6069 8
Fay, M & Ruggieri L C: Keeping a Roof over One’s Head: Improving Access to Safe and Decent Shelter, in the Urban Poor in Latin America, the World Bank 2005, ISBN: 10 0 8213 6069 8
Gehl, J: Lively, attractive and safe cities—but how? Conference paper, New Urbanism and Beyond, Stockholm, 2004.
Ghirardo, D: The Architecture of Deceit, the Yale Architectural Journal 21, p. 110-115. 1984
Grundström, K & Wong Jere, A: Shelter for the Urban Poor, Proposals for Improvements—inspired by World Urban Forum III. HDM report 2007, ISBN: 978 91 87866 29 6
Lemanski, C: A new apartheid? The spatial implications of fear of crime in Cape Town, South Africa, Environment & Urbanization, Vol 16, No 2. 2004
McCarney, P L: Our future: Sustainable cities—turning ideas into action. Background paper WUF3 2006.
McIlwaine, C & Moser, C: Drugs, alcohol and community tolerance: an urban ethnography from Colombia and Guatemala, Environment & Urbanization, Vol 16, No 2. 2004.
Patel, S et al.: Beyond evictions in a global city: people-managed resettlement in Mumbai. Environment & Urbanization Vol 14, No 1. 2002.
Rodgers, D: “Disembedding” the City: crime, insecurity and spatial organization in Managua, Nicaragua. Environment & Urbanization, Vol 16, No 2. 2004
Rosenlund, H: Climatic Design of Buildings using Passive Techniques. Building Issues, Vol 10, No 1. 2000
Sassen, S: The Global City-Strategic Site/New Frontier, in Dharavi Documenting Informalities. Royal University College of Fine Arts 2008. ISBN: 978 91 633 2785 8
Satterthwaite, D: The Millennium Development Goals and urban poverty: great expectations and nonsense statistics, Environment & Urbanization, Vol 15, No 2, p 181-190. 2003.
Sida Policy: Fighting Poverty in an Urban World, support to urban development. Department for Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation, Division for Urban Development. 2006.
State of the World’s Cities: The Millennium Development Goals and Urban Sustainability, 30 years of shaping the Habitat Agenda. Earthscan 2006/7, ISBN: 10 1 84407 378 5
United Nations Human Settlements Programme:
United Nations Millennium Development Goals:
Building issues: