825111 VU Urban Design

winter semester 2022/2023 | Last update: 21.11.2022 Place course on memo list
VU Urban Design
VU 2

The students are able to grasp the complexity of city and landscape, analyse it and relate it to the discourses of architectural theory.

Formal Analysis of Cities

"The course introduces students to disciplinary approaches to urban design. Students learn how to read a city - its architecture, its content and its form. Form and content have mutual relations. Every form has a content and every content comes in a form. The main aim of the studio is to study various urban morphologies and their underlying socio-economical and political ideas. Students will conduct a thorough formal analysis of urban structures and learn how they are manifested in different cities. Students will learn how to read a city, develop critical thinking, acquire techniques of analysing and representing urban design ideas."

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

Relevant Literature:
1.The City As A Project, Pier Vittorio Aureli
2.The Architecture of the City, Aldo Rossi
3.The city in the city. Berlin: a Green Archipelago. A manifesto (1977) by Oswald Matias Ungers and Rem Koolhaas.  
4.Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas

-Mumford, Lewis, The Culture of Cities, New York (Harcourt Brace and Company) 1938
-Mumford, Lewis, Die Stadt. Geschichte und Ausblick (band 1, band 2), München (dtv) 1979
-Benevolo, Leonardo, Die Geschichte der Stadt, Frankfurt (Campus Verlag) 1983
-Tafuri, Manfredo, Dal Co, Francesco, Architektur der Gegewart, Stuttgart (Belser Verlag) 1977
-Frampton, Kenneth, Die Architektur der Moderne. Eine kritische Baugeschichte, Stuttgart (Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt) 2001
-Kostof, Spiro, The city shaped. Urban patterns and meanings through history, London (Thames and Hudson) 1991
-Kostof, Spiro, The city assembled. The elements of urban form through history, Boston (Brown Little) 1992
-Hobsbawm, John Ernest, Das Zeitalter der Extreme. Weltgeschichte de 20. Jahrhunderts, München (Carl Hanser Verlag) 1995

see dates
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • SDG 15 - Life on land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.