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Spatial Planning

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1 семестр


Чичагова Мария Николаевна

Course Syllabus


This course lays the groundwork for a systemic and systematic general understanding of cities and urban systems. Through a look at history, at scales, and the constituent mechanisms of urbanity — as well as the range of practices dealing with the urban — students should get a first sense and outline of the discipline.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The lectures serve as a narrative backbone, and a reader and a ‘mind-map’ that contextualize the information and show directions to other fields of knowledge accompany them. Students will be able to discuss what cities are for, what they provide us with, and how we should think about designing them. An understanding of the basic mechanisms of the urban allows us to contextualize trends, evaluate proposals, and spot problems – both small and large. We can examine and assess the changing role of a designer in the contemporary urban world, as well as discuss tools and techniques available today for a holistic practice which is based on systemically-based thinking about the city.
  • The workshop is aimed to establish a bridge between the urban as a general field of inquiry and urban phenomena in daily life. Based on the diverse personal and practical experience of the students, urban phenomena are shared, compared and understood in both their specific and generic aspects.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Provide the students with a conceptual framework to navigate the fields of urban planning and design
  • Enable the student to expand on this framework, venture into adjacent fields of knowledge and ask independent questions
  • Explain the difference between urban studies, urban research, urban planning, and urban design
  • Increase the awareness of the fundamental role cities have for humanity and assess it critically
  • Build up a toolbox of concepts and approaches for personal practical work
  • Introduce interdisciplinary thinking and investigation methodologies applied to practice and enable the student to ask independent questions
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Overall introduction into the discipline and a working hypothesis for a contemporary urban practice.
  • Temporal Depth
    The origin of cities.
  • Relational Depth
    Cities as space-time structures. Networks.
  • Cognitive Depth
    Cities as both environments and mediums of interactions between people.
  • Deep Moves; Deep Tech; Deep Resonance
    How and why we work on cities. The range of tools and questions we are confronted with as urbanists.
  • Workshop
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Home assignments
  • non-blocking Workshop performance
  • non-blocking Final presentation (debates)
  • non-blocking “Mental map”
    After following the lecture series students are required to produce a “mental map” of the content of the lectures, recording, organising, and making accessible what they learned.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 semester)
    0.3 * Final presentation (debates) + 0.2 * Home assignments + 0.2 * Workshop performance + 0.3 * “Mental map”


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Barnosky, A. D., Hadly, E. A., Barnosky, J., Berlow, E. L., Brown, J. H., Fortelius, M., Getz, W. M., Harte, J., Hastings, A., & Marquet, P. A. (2012). Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature11018
  • Denise Pumain. (2003). Scaling Laws and Urban Systems.
  • Diamond, J. M. . (DE-588)120299410, (DE-576)163925402. (2005). Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed / Jared Diamond. New York: Viking. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.11585911X
  • Edward L. Glaeser. (2013). A World of Cities: The Causes and Consequences of Urbanization in Poorer Countries. NBER Working Papers.
  • Hall, P. (2003). Cities in civilization: culture, Innovation and urban order.
  • Jacobs, J. (2016). The Economy of Cities. New York, NY: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1280726
  • Lance H. Gunderson, & C. S. Holling. (2002). Panarchy : Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems. Island Press.
  • Peter Cauwels, & Didier Sornette. (2012). The Illusion of the Perpetual Money Machine. Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series.
  • Rockström, J. (2009). A safe operating space for humanity. Nature, 461(7263), 472–475. https://doi.org/10.1038/461472a
  • Shlomo Angel Jason Parent. (n.d.). Making Room for a Planet of Cities.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Diamond, J. (2003). Guns, Germs, and Steel in 2003. Antipode, 35(4), 829–831. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1467-8330.2003.00357.x
  • Graeber, D. (2011). Debt : The First 5,000 Years. Melville House.
  • Jacobs, J. (1992). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1280725
  • Jane Jacobs. (1985). Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Vol. 1st Vintage books ed. Vintage.
  • Niall Ferguson. (2008). The Ascent of Money : A Financial History of the World: 10th Anniversary Edition. Penguin Books.
  • Niall Ferguson. (2011). Civilization : The West and the Rest: Vol. 1st American ed. Penguin Books.
  • Sing C. Chew. (2001). World Ecological Degradation : Accumulation, Urbanization, and Deforestation, 3000BC-AD2000. AltaMira Press.
  • Sing C. Chew. (2006). The Recurring Dark Ages : Ecological Stress, Climate Changes, and System Transformation. AltaMira Press.