This subject will provide an overview of selected European and Asian cities, and focus at continuity and change and ways in which they are reflected in urban spaces and architecture of those cities. Based on a series of seminars and cases studies, student will learn how to recognize and appreciate traditional and contemporary cultural values of the urban. Students will be introduced to the case study cities via several medias : arts, photography, movies, music and they will be encouraged to produce various interpretations of the urban through a number of media, ranging from visual arts, short movie, music, creative writing.
The subject aims to assist development of sensibility for qualitative difference of urban spaces and practices, often called “the hidden quality” of the city (eg. Ashihara). The module is offered to Master students in Architecture and Urban design as well as to the 4th year students.
1. Better understanding of selected European and Asian cities/cultural nodes
2. Recognition of cultural diversity within the urban, and an understanding of the processes of continuity and change
3. An ability to chose and express the appreciation of the urban in different media
4. Contribution to conceptual thinking in urban design
On completion of the subject students should have developed:
1. An increased capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
2. Better grasp of visual and oral presentation techniques
3. Capacity for independent thought and reflection
4. Basic capability to recognize, record and analyse social and cultural contexts