Course - Urban Design and Architecture 1 - AAR4515
AAR4515 - Urban Design and Architecture 1
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024
The city and urban landscape are the subject of the studio. Based on the context of a chosen site, we develop concepts, spatial structures, programmes, and design rules, and creatively integrate them into robust urban design and architectural proposals.
The leitmotif of the studio is to design the urban space as liveable, beautiful, and open. In an interdisciplinary dialogue with urban stakeholders and experts, we aim to reconcile the dynamic forces of urban transformation with architecture and planning in the form of an adaptable urban design. In this manner, high-quality urban spaces can be created that are responsive, yet specific to their context, contributing to a sustainable balance of our urban environment.
The studio topics are based on contemporary urban themes such as the design and densification of urban nodes and quarters, revitalization of former industrial and harbor areas, and the sustainable transformation of our city landscape.
COMPETENCE: The students gain an advanced understanding on the inner logic of urban design and practical experience. This enables them to tackle complex urban challenges, and to synthesize their knowledge into a design project at the interface between planning, architecture and landscape architecture. The students are assigned to develop complex urban design and architectural projects, by critically reflecting and integrating relevant design criteria such as heritage, mobility, public space, landscape, urban structure, morphology, density, scale, building typology, materiality, program, and phased development.
KNOWLEDGE: The students will gain knowledge on contemporary urban transformation processes and context-based design methods. The learning objective is to analyse, comprehend, and design intricate urban environments. The insights gained are expressed through visionary and strategic thinking, concept development, and the design of urban spaces. The studio and integrated Urban Lab course (AAR4905) seek to provide a comprehensive package linking urban design, theory, research and practice.
SKILLS: The candidates will learn and apply urban design tools such as sketching, site analysis and mapping, model building, scenario development, master planning, and space programming. The course will improve their visualization, presentation and documentation techniques and learn to communicate with urban authorities, actors and experts.
Learning methods and activities
The studio is structured in six consecutive and interrelated phases:
1 ANALYSIS AND VISION: We investigate our site with field studies and mappings, and produce an analysis of its atmospheres, spatial structures, and activities. Based on this inventory, the students will propose visions and ideas for their projects.
2 CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES: The visions will then be further developed into urban design concepts and strategies.
3 URBAN DESIGN: Based on these, urban design proposals are created in the form of master plans and physical models in a scale of 1:1000 to 1:500.
4 ARCHITECTURE AND OPEN SPACES: To test and show the main qualities of the urban design projects, characteristic areas are elaborated on an architectural and landscape architectural scale of 1:500 to 1:200.
5 DESIGN RULES: For the open spaces, buildings and their use, design rules and flexible development scenarios are created.
6 POSTERS AND DOCUMENTATION: For the final presentation and exhibition, all drawings and visualizations will be refined, exhibited on posters, and documented in a studio publication.
A lecture series provides a broader perspective on urban design and its relation to architecture and planning. It includes presentations on the studio themes and inputs from local partners and experts. Master plan and typology studies conducted in the integrated Urban Lab (AAR4905) serve as reference examples for the studio project.
Further on evaluation
The final project work forms the basis for the grading. All other submissions are compulsory and are apparised approved / not approved. At the regular exam, students are offered the opportunity to present the final project work orally to the examiner. The oral presentation itself is not part of the assessment. Deferred exams are normally added to the next exam period.
Limited admission to classes. For more information: https://i.ntnu.no/wiki/-/wiki/English/Admission+to+courses+with+restricted+admission
Recommended previous knowledge
One completed urban design project and basic knowledge on the history, theory, and contemporary practice of urban design.
The option studio is taught together with the Urban Lab AAR4905, which must be taken in the same semester.
Required previous knowledge
Completed three years bachelor studies in architecture or equivalent. Basic knowledge in architecture and urban design.
Brief, assignments, instructions, lectures, reference projects, reading lists etc.
Working formats: sketches, collages, maps, plans, drawings, sections, elevations, perspectives, physical and digital models.
Main working scale: 1:1000 to 1:200.
Credits: 15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: English
- Urban Design and Planning
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"