3603084: Sustainable Urban Design - Master-Thesis

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Semester:WS 13/14
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:180.0 L / 135.0 h
Self-directed study time:615.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


  • Theoretic concepts in landscape, planning and design issues
  • Cases studies of key projects in each of three thematic fields
  • Cross-disciplinary strategies for urban and landscape change
  • Highly integrated, specific support by Courses UrbanScape II
  • Recent developments in urban planning and landscape policy and practice
  • contents as compact projects, which complement the regular
  • Projects Studios Design UrbanScape II.
  • Debate on current topics from practice, theory and research within the lecture series.

Lecture Goals

Today's City is everywhere and at the same time nowhere. The old antipoles of city and countryside have been dissolved and are substituted by hybrid spatial and functional nets of urban, suburban and rural fragments. This spatial reality challenges architecture and calls for a new definition of its role and its methods.
The module Master-Thesis Design UrbanScape seeks to integrate architecture, landscape and contemporary concepts in urban and spatial research into a new design concept. It explores the phenomena and processes of actual settlement und landscape by enriching architectural modes of operation and perception with social and cultural aspects. The module Design UrbanScape relocates the role and the potentials of architecture in the contemporary spatial realities.
One or several excursions are complementary to the project studio work.

The aim of the module is to provide students with the necessary architectural tools and intellectual instruments and avareness to integrate the knowledge aquired in the entire MSc Degree-Program into a responsible and sustainable professional behaviour.

The Master-Thesis student is expected to submit a complete Thesis-Project that instigates the work of the students in the lower semesters and represents the architectural and intellectual culture of the concentration Design UrbanScape.

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 define what type of research is relevant, what questions to ask, and which formats to record the findings to best serve as a springboard to design decisions.
  • Execute complex defined and self-defined projects of research, development or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.
  • knowledge on the humanistic currents through the reading of selected literature
  • An understanding of the history of urban concepts reinterpreted considering political, sociological, and economical aspects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas concerning the various fields discussed in this module, and the ability to integrate these aspects in their individual design thinking and work.

Lectures Method

Studio delivered and project based, with students being tutored individually and in groups. This is supported by lectures that explain the principles that underlie architectural design and provide the intellectual and cultrual context for the study in achitecture.
Lectures, seminars.

Admission Requirements

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

Exam Modalities

  • Intermediate colloquium and final review with externals
  • Thesis Book


The module has to be passed with a sufficient grade (minimum grade of 4.0).

  • Project Studio Master-Thesis Design UrbanScape 100%