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Urbanism II- Course Brief

SS15 PROJECT_POSTED_BY Andrea Haase     March 31, 2015    


Compulsory course for First year students

Urbanism II:

Prof. Dr. Andrea Haase


The two-semester course aims to establish a basic understanding of tradition and key-issues of urbanism in Europe and America, from the beginnings of industrial development to date, during the first semester; it enfolds and deepens specific aspects of the tension between global and local influences on urbanism and resulting needs for responding to urban changes during the second semester. Both the semesters are back-boned by considering that global influences of the “worlds of systems” (politics, finances, technology) have to be responded locally by strengthening the urban conditions within the “worlds of living” (housing, working, services, social and economic relationships). Herewith, “spaces of interconnection” are an important perspective to be specified relative to the needs for re-embedding global functions locally into socio-spatial conditions (see Haase, A., 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014).


 The course-structure builds up a differentiated understanding of the relevance of urbanism and urban design within the discipline of architecture and related fields of the “making professions” (architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, product design).


 The offers of content complement each other during the first and the second semester. Whereas the winter semester concentrates on structural conditions, the summer semester applies this knowledge in order to introduce a method to come to concepts by “Creating a location”. The subject of the course is “decoding and designing space – in terms of structure, texture, material”. “Space – is understood as the synthesis of use, image and concept in time and place (s. Lefebvre, H. 1991). The intention of teaching is to enable to anticipate and to conceptualize “space” as syntheses of “values of use” and “values of form”. This way, aesthetic values are taken into consideration in a specific way, closely related to “spatial frameworks” for social and economic processes. The subject focuses on present stages of urban transformation and resulting needs for intervention in terms of completion, renewal, re-structuring or innovation. “Designing space” gains increasing importance for the fragmented agglomeration having to respond to changes at individual locations, competing equally, but with different needs, for investment in central and in “inner” and “outer” peripheral areas. 


Preparing for multi-disciplinary work, cross-disciplinary sections and links to the professions of landscape architecture, urban sociology and cultural sciences are considered. However, such links are only regarded as “branches” of the overall aim to strengthen the disciplinary skills of urbanism in terms of contents, philosophies and methods for multi-scale approaches to small-spatial intervention. In order to develop and to apply a valid understanding of “designing space”, contemporary demands are to be investigated relative to time and place.


 Exercises in the summer semester will focus on “creating a location” and will be carried out relative to the introduced subjects: The Generic City, What is a “concept”?, Third Landscape- Landscape Urbanism, Open Spaces - Placemaking, Infrastructure – Strategic Urbanism, The Urban and the Rural, Sacred Spaces, Urban quarters – Common Ground”… We contribute to “Liveable cities”.


Enrollment is open now !
This is a compulsory subjects, all students are requisted to join the group for the future communication
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