Course code LAA350

LAA350 Architecture, Urban Form and Development

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Course responsible: Elin Børrud
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
-Maximum 60 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is part of a 3-year research project under the title "Exploring compactAbility." Compact Ability refers to the compact city as an ideal and model for sustainable land use. The project will examine and explore the ability of three Norwegian station cities to meet national goals of reducing private car by densify urban space until public transport hubs. (Ski, Asker and Lillestrøm) LAA 350 will work with quality targets related to physical density and focus on urban form and life on the micro and meso level. Students will gain knowledge and skills for property development within the existing urban environment. Students will be able to describe and analyze urban space, get insight of urban transformation processes and be able to examine a development opportunities in the various area contexts. Students will work on different properties/plots with potential development scenarios. Through feasibility studies students gain knowledge and skills to consider consequences and effects of a development, and how this project development may be part of the overall objectives of achieving both higher density and increased urban quality and livability. The quality of the unbuilt spaces will have a major place in the course.
Learning outcome:

The course consists of five thematic two-day seminars composed of lectures, workshops, site visits, etc. It will be both group and individual task submissions in relation to the seminars.

The emphasis in the course is project work (group) that goes through the entire semester. Each group will explore opportunities for higher exploitation in a given bounded property. The groups will program their task within a common framework. It should be done feasibility studies that 1) shall assess the financial performance of the unit 2) will be discussed in a contextual connection and transformation object 3) as a contribution to socio-cultural and economic values ¿¿beyond the property 4) as a contribution to regional development 5) sustainable profit. The course provides theoretical knowledge about:

- Development and change of architecture and urban design. - Ambient effect on people's use and experience - building conservation, energy use and new development possibilities.

The course emphasizes a high degree of independence. Students must through programming phase be able to understand and weigh the issues of the case and select methods to investigate these.

Tools and presentations will range from a purely textual material to presentation by means like film or web pages. It may be appropriate to carry out field work during the semester. This will not be mandatory.

Learning activities:
.Programming task, concept development, analysis, teamwork, exploring the relevant methods, fieldwork, visual presentation and communication.
Teaching support:
Supervision will be provided

There is no established syllabus, but the literature is recommended as a basis for investigations and tasks:

Prosjektbasert byutvikling (2016) Elin Børrud, August E. Røsnes, Fagbokforlaget

Urban Design in the Real Estate Development Process (2011) Steve Tiesdell, David Adams ISBN: 978-1-4051-9219-4

Public Places - Urban Spaces (2012), Heath, Tim Oc, Taner Tiesdell, Steve, Hoboken : Taylor & Francis,

ISBN: 9780080515427

Requires MA level.
Recommended prerequisites:
At least BA-level.
Mandatory activity:

Startup Seminar,

conclusion Seminar

submission of assignments.

.Group assignment and individual submissions. Group assignment graded by external examiners in collaboration with the course teacher group. Individual papers graded by internal teachers and used to adjust the grading.
Nominal workload:
Aprox. 500 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Approx. 100 hours spent on seminars
The course will have interdisciplinary groups which requires that students learn from each other and working constructively with utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to the task.
Sensor will be present and discuss with the students during the presentation of the project work.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått