Course syllabus

Stadskvalitet och urban form
Urban Quality and Urban Form

ASBN45, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2020-03-26

General Information

Main field: Architecture with specialization in Sustainable Urban Design.
Compulsory for: MSUD1
Elective for: A4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the this course is to develop the student’s ability to understand, analyse and evaluate artistic aspects and means of expression related to urban design. In a questioning and creative manner, the course also aims to develop the students’ ability, both orally and in writing, to integrate theoretical knowledge and a humanistic perspective in their reflections around the design related aspects of urban environments. A further aim of the course is to expand the students’ frames of reference relating to urban design projects.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The focus of this course is on artistically qualified urban design and its content deepens the discussion and takes up problems concerning the relationship between urban form and urban qualities. The cases dealt with concern the various means of expression pertaining to urban design, such as the town paving, greenery, building volumes, the design of squares and other urban elements. The course gives the students the opportunity to expand their references as to qualified urban design projects and come into contact with leading artistic practitioners in this field. Tuition is in the form of lectures, seminars and individual thesis work. The course’s focus on artistically advanced urban design is aimed at inspiring and developing the student’s creative design ability and thereby providing support for the design assignment in course ASBN02 Sustainable Urban Recycling.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Approved assignment work and at least 80% active participation at lectures, study tours and seminars.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.
The course overlaps following course/s: ASB185, ASBN20

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Andreas Olsson,
Further information: The aim of this course is to inspire and develop the student’s creative ability and be of support for the design assignment in course ASBN02 Sustainable Urban Recycling (15 hp).