This syllabus is valid: 2017-08-28
and until further notice
Course code: 5AR302
Credit points: 4
Education level: First cycle
Main Field of Study and progress level:
Architecture: First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Grading scale: Two-grade scale
Responsible department: Umeå School of Architecture
Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2017-08-04
The course aims at investigating the historical transformations and urgency of large urban structures, the megalopolis, by reflecting upon politics, economy, religion and culture as drivers. The gained knowledge will be a base for analysing and communicating the history of a specific local urban settlement.
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
analyse the historical transformations in large urban structures
reflect upon the impact of politics, economy, religion and culture on the megalopolis
communicate and analyse consequences of historical influences on an urban environment
To qualify for this course the following courses (or comparable courses) are required: 5AR204: Architecture Project 2:2 (15 credits) 5AR205: Architectural Technology 2:2 (4 credits) 5AR206: History of Architecture 2:2 (3 credits) 5AR207: Urban Planning 1 (6 credits) 5AR208: Theory of Architecture 2:2 (2 hp)
Form of instruction
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and independent work, both individually and in groups.
The course is examined through seminars and an individual written assignment.
The grades Pass (G) and Fail (U) are used. To pass the course, all examinations and mandatory modules need to be completed and assigned a pass grade. To pass requires attendance at seminars and a Pass grade on the oral and written assessments.
Further examinations will be arranged for students who did not pass the regular examination. A student who has failed two consecutive examinations has the right to get another examiner, unless specific reasons arise (HF Ch. 6 § 22). Requests for another examiner are submitted to the head of department at Umeå School of Architecture.
Academic Credit Transfer Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site (www.student.umu.se/english) and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.
Reexaminations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.
2020 week 30
Gottmann Jean Megalopolis : the urbanized Northeastern seaboard of the United States New York : The Twentieth Century Fund : 1961 : xi, 810 s. : Mandatory Reading instructions: 'Introduction', pp. 3-16.
Remaning pages are recommended but not mandatory.
Small, medium, large, extra-large : Office for Metropolitan Architecture Koolhaas Rem, Mau Bruce, Sigler Jennifer 2. ed. : New York : Monacelli Press : 1998 : xxi, , 1344 s. : ISBN: 1885254865 Mandatory Search the University Library catalogue Reading instructions: 'The Generic City', pp. 1247-1263, 1994.
Man's role in changing the face of the earth Thomas William L., Sauer Carl O. Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press : 1956 : xxxviii, 1193 s. : Mandatory Reading instructions: Mumford, Lewis, 'The Natural History of Urbanization'
Fractal cities : a geometry of form and function Batty Michael, Longley Paul London : Academic Press : cop. 1994 : xxi, 394 s.,  pl.-s. i färg : ISBN: 0124555705 Search the University Library catalogue
The evolution of cities: Geddes, Abercrombie and the new physicalism Batty Michael, Marshall Stephen Included in: Town planning review [Elektronisk resurs] Liverpool : Liverpool University Press : 2002- : 80(6) : pages 551-574 :
Urban imaginaries [Elektronisk resurs] : locating the modern city Bender Thomas., Cinar Alev. Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press : 2007 : xxvi, 290 p. :
Global Urbanization [Elektronisk resurs] Wachter Susan M., Birch Eugenie L. University of Pennsylvania Press : 2011 :
Hebbert Michael Figure-ground: history and practice of a planning technique Included in: Town planning review [Elektronisk resurs] Liverpool : Liverpool University Press : 2002- : 87(6) : pages 705-728 :
Kostof Spiro The city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through history 1. uppl., 6. tr. från 2007 : New York : Bulfinch : cop. 1991 : 352 s. : ISBN: 978-0-8212-1967-6 Mandatory Search the University Library catalogue
Lynch Kevin The image of the city Cambridge [Mass.] : M.I.T. Press & Harvard Univ. Press : 1960 : 194 s. :
Morris Anthony Edwin James History of urban form : before the industrial revolutions 3. ed. : Harlow : Longman Scientific & Technical : 1994 : xii, 444 s. : ISBN: 0582301548 Search the University Library catalogue
Mumford Lewis The city in history : its origins, its transformations, and its prospects New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich : cop. 1961 : 657 s. : ISBN: 0156180359 Search the University Library catalogue
Sassen Saskia. The Global City [electronic resource] : New York, London, Tokyo Princeton : Princeton University Press : 2013 : 1 online resource (696 p.) : ISBN: 9781400847488 Search the University Library catalogue
Stanislawski Dan The Origin and Spread of the Grid-Pattern Town Included in: Geographical review [Elektronisk resurs] New York : American Geographical Society : 1916- : 36(1) : pages 105-120 :