Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. ATEA10 overlaps following cours/es: ATE020. Compulsory for: A1. Course coordinator: Univ.lecturer Mats Hultman,, and professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl,, Architecture and Built Environment. Assessment: The individual student can either Pass or Fail. To achieve the former he or she must have submitted an essay or poster that wins approval, presented it at one seminar and, at another, formally opposed another essay or poster in a way that is approved. In addition he or she shall have at least an eighty per cent attendance at seminars and lectures and have participated actively in these seminars. Further information: This course shares contents and aim with the course Theory of Architecture B (year 2) and is given in alternating years. Home page:

The course aims to increase each student’s ability to reflect critically on questions to do with urban architecture, so as to enable him or her to acquire an analytical attitude to the profession of architecture. This is done primarily by training each student to read, write and speak about urban architecture in ways that are constructive and aware of relevant theories, and lead to a firmer possession of a conceptual apparatus that would let him or her actively and critically take part in contemporary debates and academic research. The student shall also be exercised in ways that allow him or her independently to argue, orally and in writing, on architectural and urban themes. The course also aims to introduce urban theory as a part of the theory of architecture as a whole.

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

The course includes a fundamental discussion of concepts and traditions that are central to urban and architectural theories and, of the former, introduces some that are relevant, mainly by reference to research.

The course comprises lectures, seminars, individual study and essay writing. The student is offered opportunities to discuss in seminars theories and the production of knowledge of significance to the performance of the work of an architect. In writing his or her essay, and in the preparatory reading, the student is offered an opportunity to address questions of knowledge and discuss those of architectural form in an urban context; in the course of at least two seminars he or she both writes and presents an essay and opposes another.

Teaching in general, and these small seminar groups, have as their general aim to further the development of students individually.

Le Gates, R. & Stout, F. (eds.), The City Reader, London, Routledge 2007 ISBN: 9780415770835.
Some shorter texts can be added during the course.