Since late 2019 the course has shifted its view to fill noted gap in the education on urbanism. The course views the city and context of landscape and history in a macro perspective, digging into the relations between past and present, core and ring, towns and metro areas. It does this to show that these things need to be taken into account if any design would be contextual. With both lectures and an analysing project, it becomes clear how to deal with this scale of context and how to unravel it.
The course is focused on urban design on a meso to micro scale, merging lectures and a design project dedicated to places, plazas and squares. While more projects and courses have at least some part of their weeks in common with this view, this course presents a much more practical style of designing. By being in the field for about a third of the total time, sketching flows of movement and scribbling down places of chatter, it teaches us how squares are used in everyday life and how to accustom our designs to that. With a practical and hands-on approach, the course closes with a creative design presentation
The course hands out specific historic buildings across the Netherlands that have been restored , rebuilt and reused over time. By fully analysing these buildings in a project-like format, details of transformation and heritage architecture styles are brought to the surface. Presenting buildings and analysis each other week, it tells how to see and classify these changes and additions. The project is complemented by guest lectures, giving the course an accurate and practical touch.
Formerly a double package of Urban Trends and an independent Green Strategies, the courses merged a few years ago. While Green Strategies is currently not taking in half of the course, the nine week program focuses on a metropole city in any worldwide region and teaches to unravel the city in terms of politics, socio-economics and other macro aspects. After the core problems of a city have emerged, the final weeks teach to form a basic urban strategy, solving these problems.
As architects or urbanists, we often design a lot, while this course throws that loophole away and confronts us with harsh realities and major problems.
A course focusing on large-, tending towards national-scale urban trends and divides in the global world of today. Lectures link the history of urbanism and its ideologies across continents to the current-day standards that differ much per region. With a project focusing on a capital within a nation south of the equator, groups take apart the urban scale of neighbourhoods and structures of water, green, motorways and other to see how these differences in culture and origin result in spatial relations such as those. It closes off with a few weeks looking forward on how to move on in a region where one has to deal with the status quo in everything from the people, to economics and to politics.