4207759: Community Design

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Semester:WS 16/17
Scheduled in semester:1-2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Self-directed study time:48.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


The focus of this module is on the investigation of social, economic and cultural factors driving community development in the Global North and South. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of social structures and spatial design within this process. Interdisciplinary approaches are used to investigate cases of neighbourhood and community design at various scales and socio-political contexts that highlight the potential and risks when designing for / within a community.

Some areas explored in the framework of communities and urban development include: Neighborhoods and social interaction in public space; heterotopias and spatial segregation; cultural identity, creativity and place; incentives for sharing common resources, collective action, cooperation and participation.

Learning Outcomes

Professional competence

  • Recognize and understand various underlying socioeconomic and spatial factors influencing the formation of communities and neighbourhoods in differing global contexts
  • Show awareness of personal responsibility, professional guidelines and incorporate a critical ethical dimension into own work
  • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate cases using interdisciplinary approaches
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing and visual communication to members from inside and outside the architectural profession

Methodological competence
  • Identify key elements of complex problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner

Social competence
  • Discuss and articulate ideas and information effectively
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, presentations

Personal competence
  • Critically assess own work and put it into a historical, theoretical, cultural and social context
  • Seek and make use of feedback


Lectures Method

Lecture and seminar: case studies, discourse, writing, interviews

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program


Howard, Ebenezer. Garden Cities of To-morrow. Vol. 23. Mit Press, 1965 (1902).
Le Corbusier, “A Contemporary City,” in The City of To-morrow and Its Planning, trans. Frederick Etchells Dover Publications, 1987 (1925): 163-179.
Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Vol. 11. MIT press, 1960.
Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Random House LLC, 1961.
Foucault, Michel and Jay Miskowiec. "Of Other Spaces." diacritics, 1986 (1967): 22-27.
Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Project for Public Spaces, 1980.
Gehl, Jan. Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space trans. Jo Koch. Van Nostrand, 1987.
Ostrom, Elinor. „Three Influential Models“ and „Similarities in Enduring, Self-Governing CPR Institutions“ in Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge University Press, 1990: 2-6, 88-102.
Lefebvre, Henri. „XII“ and „XV“ in The Production of Space. Vol. 142. Blackwell: Oxford, 1991.
Koolhaas, Rem and Bruce Mau. „The Generic City“ in SMLXL. Montacelli Press, 1995: 1248-1264.
Augé, Marc. “From Places to Non-Places,” in Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity, trans. John Howe. Verso, 1995: 75-115.
Harvey, David. „Social Process and Spatial Form“ in LeGates, Richard T. & Stout, Frederic, eds. The City Reader. Routledge, 1997: 227-234.
Florida, Richard. “Creativity and Place” in The Rise of the Creative Class. Basic Books, 2002: 223-234.
Duany, Andres. “Neighborhood Design in Practice” in Peter Neal ed. Urban Villages and the Making of Communities. Spon Press, 2003: 84-101.
Gratz, Roberta Brandes. "Authentic Urbanism and the Jane Jacobs Legacy." In Peter Neal ed. Urban Villages and the Making of Communities. Spon Press, 2003: 17-29.
Bell, David, and Mark Jayne. „Afterword: Rethinking the Urban Quarter“ in City of quarters: Urban villages in the contemporary city. Ashgate Publishing, 2004: 249-255.
Murray, Chris. „Rethinking Neighbourhoods: From Urban Villages to Cultural Hubs“ in City of Quarters: Urban Villages in the Contemporary City ed. David Bell and Mark Jayne. Ashgate, 2004: 191-205.

Exam Modalities

Portfolio, exercises, minimum 75% mandatory presence


  • PAR MA 14_Community Design (WS 16/17, in Planung)