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  • 1. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2011European Urban Design Theories A 3 Credits Lecturer: Henning Thomsen (HT), thehenningthomsen@gmail.com Course Assistant: Annie Peyton (AP), ape@dis.dk Mee ng Loca on: Vestergade 23-401 Course Descrip on Descrip on of course: This course is an introduc on to urban design and aims to establish an understanding of the theories and methodologies of urban design as applied in Europe. Urban design as a discipline seeks to integrate aspects from a variety of different fields, such as planning, landscape architecture, architectural design, sociology, geography, cultural studies and urban history. In this course we will aim to understand the historical development of urban design in the post WWII period and current applica ons of urban design theory in a European se ng. Learning Objec ves By the end of this course you should be able to: • orient yourself in the post WWII landscape of urban design theory • be familiar with the main development trends of ci es in Europe since WWII • understand how urban design theory can be applied in a prac cal urban se ng • through the applica on of cri cal thinking to reflect on the role and task of urban design Required Texts Required texts: Reading material will be from the course reader (Larice & MacDonald). Supplementary material will be uploaded as individual texts on DIS Forum. • Larice, Michael & Elizabeth Macdonald. The Urban Design Reader. London: Routledge, 2007 Approach to Teaching The class will meet twice a week and is conducted as a seminar consis ng of even parts of lectures, student presenta ons and class discussions. The urban design field is characterized not so much by definite ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ as by ques ons of appropriateness. Hence we do not aim to arrive at a checklist, but rather we will use the texts and class discussions to assess and understand the scope of urban design and the role of the urban designer. Hence teaching and classroom ac vity should be thought of as a common journey guided by cri cal thinking and innova ve ques oning. 1
  • 2. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2011 European Urban Design Theories A 3 Credits Assignments The course involves two assignments. The first an analysis of a core text taking the form of an 800 word essay, the second an analysis of an urban space involving references to theory touched on in the course, taking the form of a 1600 word essay supplemented with photographic documenta on. Further specifica ons will be given in class at the introduc on of each assignment Field Studies Occasional field studies can form part of the second half of the course to support our understanding of how urban design theory can be applied in a prac cal urban se ng. Expecta ons of the Students I expect you to be fully engaged in the lectures, par cipate ac vely in any discussion and be open minded to your fellow students contribu on to class. I hope to establish an environment where we can learn from each other as well as from the texts and cases we engage with and I expect you to ac vely support this approach. Readings must be done before class and should be done with inquisi veness. The ability to frame the appropriate ques ons and to apply cri cal thinking will be valued and the class should form the se ng in which to ac vely exercise this ability. In our discussions in class please aim to make references to our readings, to support the points or ques ons you wish to raise. Evalua on 15% Engagement (par cipa on in class and group discussions and field study a endance) 25% Assignment 1 (two-page essay/800 words) 60% Assignment 2 (four-page essay/1600 words) Late papers will not be accepted. To be eligible for a passing grade in this class you must complete all of the assigned work. Disability and resource statement Any student who has a need for accommoda on based on the impact of a disability should contact Maryn Wells (mwe@dis.dk) to coordinate this. In order to receive accommoda ons, students should inform the instructor of approved DIS accommoda ons within the first two weeks of classes.2
  • 3. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2011European Urban Design Theories A 3 Credits Policies A endance You are expected to a end all DIS classes when scheduled. If you miss two classes the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of Student Affairs will be no fied and they will follow-up with you to make sure that all is well. Absences will jeopardize your grade and your standing at DIS. Allowances will be made in cases of illness, but you will need to provide a doctor’s note. Academic Honesty DIS expects that students abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic work. DIS assumes that all students do their own work and credit all work or thought taken from others. Academic dishonesty will result in a final course grade of “F” and can result in dismissal. The students’ home universi es will be no fied. DIS reserves the right to request that wri en student assignments be turned in electronic form for submission to plagiarism detec on so ware. See the Academic Handbook for more informa on, or ask your instructor if you have ques ons. Electronic Devices in the classroom The use of electronic devices is restricted to note-taking during lectures and field studies. Feel free to use your laptop for relevant notetaking. The use of cell phones must take place outside of class hours. 3
  • 4. DIS Architecture and Design Summer 2011 European Urban Design Theories A 3 Credits Day Date Session Time Topic SECTION A: MOBILIZING INTELLECTUAL POSITIONS Fr Aug 26 1 10:05 - 11:25 The City, the Urban Designer and All Things Beau ful Required reading: • Madanipur, Ali. “Ambigui es of Urban Design” in Urban Design Reader. Ed. Carmona and Tiesdell. 2006. Tu Aug 30 2 10:05 - 11:25 Post-Modernity, Cri cal Thinking and Why Things Really Happen Required reading: • Bauman, Zygmunt. “Utopia in the Age of Uncertainty” in Liquid Times: Living in the Age of Uncertainty. 2007. • Bauman, Zygmunt. “City of Fears, City of Hopes” in The Copenhagen Lectures: Future Ci es. Ed. Henning Thomsen. 2002. SECTION B: SEVEN DECADES OF URBAN DESIGN Fr Sep 02 3 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part I – Stunde Null (1945) Summary ac vity: movie: “Deutschland im Jahre Null” by Roberto Rossellini (1948). Excerpts. Required reading: • Le Corbusier. “The Pack-Donkey’s Way and the Man’s Way” and “A Contemporary City” (1929) in Urban Design Reader. p. 66-75. • Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condi on: A Report on Knowledge. 1979/1984. Excerpts Tu Sep 06 4 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part II – Prosperity (60’ & 70’) Assignment 1 introduced. Required reading: • Gehl, Jan. Life Between Buildings. 1971. p. 10-31, 54-74. • Jacobs, Jane. “Author’s Introduc on” and “The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact” (1961) in Urban Design Reader. p. 80-92. Sep 08 - 10 / 09 - 11 Short study tour Tu Sep 13 5 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part II – Prosperity (60’ & 70’) Required reading: • Krier, Leon. “Cri ques” and “Urban Components” in Urban Design Reader. p. 231-250. • Rossi, Aldo. “The Structure of Urban Ar facts” in The Architecture of the City. p.28-61. Fr Sep 16 6 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part II – Prosperity (60’ & 70’) Required reading: • Lefebvre, Henri. “The Right to the City” (1967) in Architecture Culture 1943-1968. Ed. Joan Ockman. • Debord, Guy. “Territorial Domina on” in the Society of the Spectacle. 1967. Tu Sep 20 7 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part II – Prosperity (60’ & 70’) Required reading: TBA. Fr Sep 23 8 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part III – Exuberance (80’ & 90’) Required reading: • Ellin, Nan. “Themes of Postmodern Urbanism” in Urban Design Reader. p. 204-214. • Koolhaas, Rem. The Generic City in Urban Design Reader. p. 215-226. • Koolhaas, Rem. “Towards the Contemporary City” in Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture. Ed. Kate Nesbi . p. 326-330. Tu Sep 27 9 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part III – Exuberance (80’ & 90’) Required reading: TBA. Fr Sep 30 10 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part III – Exuberance (80’ & 90’) Assignment 1 due. Required reading: TBA.4
  • 5. DIS Architecture and Design Semester 2011European Urban Design Theories A 3 CreditsDay Date Session Time Topic Oct 01 - 08 / 02 - 08 Long study tourTu Oct 11 11 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part III – Exuberance (80’ & 90’) Required reading: TBA.Fr Oct 14 12 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part IV – Awakenings (00’ & 10’) Field Study: Exhibi on at the Danish Architecture Center: What Makes A City Livable?Tu Oct 18 13 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part IV – Awakenings (00’ & 10’) Required reading: TBA.Fr Oct 21 14 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part IV – Awakenings (00’ & 10’) Required reading: TBA.Tu Oct 25 15 10:05 - 11:25 The European City Part IV – Awakenings (00’ & 10’) Summary ac vity: movie: “Breaking and Entering” by Anthony Minghella (2006) SECTION C: SEVEN ISSUES IN URBAN DESIGNFr Oct 28 16 10:05 - 11:25 Urban Space Assignment 2 introduced. Required reading: TBA. Oct 29 - Nov 13 Independent travel breakTu Nov 15 17 10:05 - 11:25 Urban Life Required reading: TBA.Fr Nov 18 18 10:05 - 11:25 Ci zen Involvement Required reading: TBA.Tu Nov 22 19 10:05 - 11:25 Mobility Required reading: TBA.Fr Nov 25 20 10:05 - 11:25 Sustainability Required reading: TBA.Tu Nov 29 21 10:05 - 11:25 Security Assignment 2 due. Required reading: TBA.Fr Dec 02 22 10:05 - 11:25 Temporary Measures Required reading: TBA. SECTION D: CONSTRUCTING INDIVIDUAL POSITIONSTu Dec 06 23 10:05 - 11:25 The City, the Urban Designer and All Things Beau ful Revisited Required reading: TBA. Schedule is subject to change if necessary with as much no ce as possible. 5

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