Urban Planning II / UPPSUM II

Elective / Seminar

The course is offered in combination with Regional Planning II (IREUS)

Urban Planning II / UPPSUM II

One of the key challenges in urban planning education is connecting the theoretical discourse to the realities of professional practice. This course aims to bridge this gap by anchoring and contextualizing abstract concepts such as “urban sustainability” and “integrative design” in real-life urban development projects.

The course adopts a critical perspective towards a selection of flagship local development projects, which will be used as case studies to help students comprehend the complexities of planning issues, reflect on and evaluate the approaches followed in the design and implementation of these projects.

Based on systematic assessment methodologies, the students are required to analyze and critically examine the different aspects of sustainability approaches adopted in the case studies. This includes conducting interviews, evaluating the project in terms of strategies, achievements, strengths and weaknesses, environmental, social and economic impacts, etc.

Subsequently, the students will be invited to propose recommendations, alternative strategies, or new interventions to the previously assessed projects.

The students will be offered a wide range of analysis and assessment tools and methods to support them in their tasks. Guest lecturers, excursions and debates will be a substantial part of the course.

First meeting: Wednesday, 10.04.2024

The course is offered in combination with Regional Planning II (IREUS, Prof. Dr. Jörn Birkmann).