847175 Urban Studies

winter semester 2016/2017 | Last update: 18.07.2016 Place course on memo list
847175
Urban Studies
SE 2
2,5
weekly
annually
English

Applied theory and research, taking into account different disciplines, new technology, cultural heritage and future developments; objective is to examine the changing conditions our built environment and the urban context

THE AFRICA LAB - STUDY ON THE CONTEMPORARY URBAN CONDITION OF AFRICAN CITIES The program is an investigation of urban environments, special forms of spatial organizations and urban conditions. The focus is lying on cities, conurbations and urban landscapes in the African territory. The research studio is looking at African cities in a globalized world and discovers and identifies urban patterns, documents distinct urban phenomena and interprets the findings. Investigations cover traditional, modern, formal or informal urban structures. The thematic exploration of urban environments ranges from looking at infrastructure and ecology, to questions of housing, urban systems and form. The spatial and typological analysis is recessed by the study of the local urban history, socio cultural situation and the economic development. Following questions should be answered: - Which typologies of urban patterns exist in the African territory? - How and in which context did these cities grow? - How do contemporary urban interventions respond to the condition of those cities? - Looking at the African urban development, can we recognize a tendency of similarity and uniformity of urban concepts or do regional urban typologies with well defined characteristics and differences exist? The intent of the program is to strengthen the ability to read, identify and understand urban patterns and urban phenomena in the African context as well as to interpret data and to represent information. Aim of the course is to develop a catalogue of various African cities providing a view on the contemporary condition of the African urban landscape. The best works of the course will be published as a printed book and will also be presented at the homepage of the Lagos Urban Research Group LURG.ORG and Studio1.

Continuous assessment (based on regular written and/or oral contribution by participants).

Course examination according to § 7, statute section on "study-law regulations"

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

not applicable

The best works of the exercise will be published as a print magazine and published on the website of the Lagos Urban Research Group and the Studio 1. The best works of the course will be published as a printed book and thus will be presented at the homepage of the Lagos Urban Research Group LURG.ORG and Studio 1.

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