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History of Architecture 3, 4 Credits

Swedish name: Arkitekturhistoria 3

This syllabus is valid: 2017-08-28 valid to 2024-08-25 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

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

Required Knowledge

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.

Examination modes

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.

Other regulations

Reexaminations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.


Valid from: 2020 week 30

Gottmann Jean
Megalopolis : the urbanized Northeastern seaboard of the United States
New York : The Twentieth Century Fund : 1961 : xi, 810 s. :
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, [1], 1344 s. :
ISBN: 1885254865
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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. :
Reading instructions: Mumford, Lewis, 'The Natural History of Urbanization'

Megalopolis: the giant city in history
Barker Theodore Cardwell, Sutcliffe Anthony
Basingstoke : Macmillan : 1993 : 213 s. :
ISBN: 0-333-53201-5
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Fractal cities : a geometry of form and function
Batty Michael, Longley Paul
London : Academic Press : cop. 1994 : xxi, 394 s., [16] pl.-s. i färg :
ISBN: 0124555705
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The evolution of cities: Geddes, Abercrombie and the new physicalism
Batty Michael, Marshall Stephen
Included in:
Town planning review
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press : 2002- : 80(6) : pages 551-574 :

Urban imaginaries : locating the modern city
Bender Thomas., Cinar Alev.
Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press : 2007 : xxvi, 290 p. :

Global Urbanization
Wachter Susan M., Birch Eugenie L.
University of Pennsylvania Press : 2011 :

A visual history of the future
Dunn Nick, Cureton Paul, Pollastri Serena
Government Office for Science : 2014 :
A visual history of the future

Hebbert Michael
Figure-ground: history and practice of a planning technique
Included in:
Town planning review
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press : 2002- : 87(6) : pages 705-728 :

Jacobs Jane
Cities and the wealth of nations : principles of economic life
Harmondsworth : Viking : 1985 : ix, 257 s. :
ISBN: 0-670-80045-7
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Kasinitz Philip
Metropolis : centre and symbol of our times
Basingstoke : Macmillan : 1995 : xii, 486 s. :
ISBN: 0-333-62126-3
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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
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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
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Mumford Lewis
The city in history : its origins, its transformations, and its prospects
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich : cop. 1961 : 657 s. :
ISBN: 0156180359
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Sassen Saskia.
The Global City [electronic resource] : New York, London, Tokyo
Princeton : Princeton University Press : 2013 : 1 online resource (696 p.) :
ISBN: 9781400847488
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Stanislawski Dan
The Origin and Spread of the Grid-Pattern Town
Included in:
Geographical review
New York : American Geographical Society : 1916- : 36(1) : pages 105-120 :