3503158: Sustainable Urban Design - Courses II

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Semester:SS 13
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:72.0 L / 54.0 h
Self-directed study time:96.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


  • Theoretic concepts in landscape, planning and design issues
  • Case studies of key projects in each of three thematic fields
  • Crossdisciplinary strategies for urban and landscape change
  • Recent developments in urban planning and landscape policy and practice

Lecture Goals

The three course packages in urban design strategies, spatial and traffic planning as well as in landscape architecture integrate into a firm fundament which guides the design and planning proposals. Each course focuses on theoretical, interdisciplinary and practical issues. The theoretical part clarifies the specific historical meanings and discourses of urban space and landscape in each thematic field and gives an overview of the relevant theoretical discourses and practical achievements. The analyses of case studies allow for an empirical discussion of the impact of socioeconomic, politial, cultural and physical determinants on urban development strategies. The courses of the module 'Courses UrbanScape II' thereby create the interdisciplinary knowledge background of theoretical and practical aspects needed for the project studio and informs the students of the elective courses on the complex determination of urban and regional contexts of architecture.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module each student should have the ability to demonstrate and/or work with:

  • A broad knowledge of the tasks and current issues of urban and landscape realities.
  • An understanding of the basic professional vocabulary and an awareness of evolving meanings of these terms over different historical periods.
  • Confidence in analysing case studies of urban structures and the ability to infer principles and motivations.
  • The Ability to connect the contents of the courses with the design and planning work.
  • The ability to work with other students for assignments and seminars.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas concerning the discipline of Urban Design.

Lectures Method

Lectures, seminars.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program

Exam Modalities

  • The various assessment methods are discussed in the descriptions of the single courses.


All courses in the module have to be passed with a sufficient grade (minimum grade of 4.0).
The module grade will be determined from the weighted average of the single course grades.

  • Urban Design Strategies 2 33%
  • Urban Space 33%
  • Landscape Architecture and Planning 2 33%