855107 Introduction to urbanism

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Thornton, Kim
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This course introduces students to the subject of urbanism, with particular emphasis given to the relationship between urbanism and landscape. Key texts, actors, and projects are presented on the overall themes of physical and social fabric, land use and transportation, natural assets, streetscapes and public space in order to develop a theoretical and historical understanding of urbanism. Students will also become acquainted with a beginning set of tools important to the practice of urbanism, whether in the context of spatial planning or landscape architecture.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Pedagogically, this course seeks to develop the student’s critical thinking skills, a strong sense of analysis, and historical knowledge. Understanding the diverse approaches and strategies available provide a framework for the student to begin to define their own position in the discipline. The skills and knowledge learned serve as a foundation for the development of creative and thoughtful spatial strategies in future, project-based courses and professional work.

Pedagogical goals include developing a strong sense of analysis and critical thinking which can be used as a foundation for the development of thoughtful spatial strategies in future studies and work.

Emphasis is given to the relationship between urbanism and landscape, and students are expected to participate actively in the course in the regular readings of short texts and note-taking (lecture notes will not be distributed in advance), as well as the drafting of a workbook during the semester, which will count towards the final exam.

You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.