AAR4360 - The Theory and History of Architecture B


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The lecture series covers the history and theory of urban design from the origin of cities until today, with a focus on the planning of European cities in the 19th and 20th century.

The subject is the architecture of the city, which is primarily explored in its physical urban form as a complex human artefact. In addition, the course will highlight the inspirations that form the basis for the shape of cities and influence urban development, such as artistic and philosophical concepts, technological progress, as well as social and economic conditions.

By means of selected examples and literature studies, various urban structures are examined. Next to implemented city, urban expansion, and renovation plans, unrealized visions and projects are discussed within their broader context.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidates will gain basic knowledge of the historical development of cities, comprising the Neolithic Age, Anitquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightment, Industrialism, and particularly Modernism, Postmodernism, and Contemporary Urbanism. A focus will also be the critical analysis of urban design theories and principles, as well as their impact on urban development.

Skills: The candidates will acquire an understanding on the interrelationship between different urban structures and societal conditions. This will enable them to explain urban design through changing historic requirements, and to put contemporary urbanism in a historical perspective.

General competence: The candidates will get a comprehension of urban design and planning throughout the ages. They will improve independent thinking, strengthen creativity, and increase responsibility for one’s own learning and professional development. The insights gained will also have a positive impact on the students own architecture and planning projects.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and discussions; studies and reflections of compendium with selected excerpts on the history and theory of urban design.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Physical Planning (MFYSPL)


Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-06 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 82
SL324 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL515 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 5
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 6
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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