Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 18. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. ASBN01 overlaps following cours/es: ASB180. Compulsory for: MSUD1. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Ass. professor Peter Siöström,, Architecture and Built Environment. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or a Bachelor degree) in architecture, landscape architecture, spatial planning or urban design, or equivalent. Assessment: Approved assignment work, approved completion of the project task and at least 80% active participation at seminars, lectures and group presentations. The qualities of the project assignment and presentation are evaluated and discussed by an examination team comprised of the course examiner, lecturers and external critics after which the examiner decides if the project is considered to fulfil the requirements for a pass. In the case of a non-pass the student has the right to a new examination opportunity after any necessary amendments or re-formulation of the project. The examiner informs the student as to what is required in order to achieve a pass. Further information: Obligatory for those participating in this course is the theoretical course ASBN05 Urban Recycling – Theory and Method. It is also appropriate to take these courses together with course ASBN20 Urban Quality and Urban Form (6 hp).

The aim of this course is to develop the students’ skills in designing strategic visions for sustainable built environments with reference to current international trends relating to processes of urban transformation. This is primarily achieved by the students carrying out an advanced design assignment parallel with them being stimulated to describe, analyse and evaluate urban environments, structures, contexts and development strategies from artistic, humanist, socio-economic and ecological perspectives.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

This course is composed of a qualified urban design assignment at a comprehensive level with selected parts at a more detailed level. The theme of the course is sustainable urban design and the main task is a design assignment where an area faced with change is transformed into an integrated district with mixed functions. This task is carried out according to a thematic structure and starts off with a series of analyses of the project area and other existing urban spaces. During the second phase a number of weekly sketches are carried out around various themes, and a strategy for urban development is formulated. During the final phase the transformation of the area in question is developed based on the analyses and the strategy. A study tour is included in the course to expand the students’ frames of reference and develop their ability to discuss and analyse urban space, contexts and structures. Support for the design assignment work is provided by the knowledge and theoretical content included in the parallel course ASBN05 Urban Recycling – Theory and Methods. It is also appropriate to study these courses together with course ASBN20 Urban Quality and Urban Form, where the focus is on artistically advanced urban design and which aims to inspire and develop the student’s creative design ability.

Course compendium and supplementary literature, the contents of which vary from year to year.