061-0104-00L  Urban Systems

SemesterSpring Semester 2023
LecturersT. Galí-Izard
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

AbstractA combination of lectures and practical exercises will provide the tools to understand the landscape systems that structure and support the urban condition. Lectures will present global examples of urban systems related to soils, trees and forests, care, water evacuation, water supply, rivers and open waters.
ObjectiveStudents will learn how the territory, climate and geology create potentials and constraints for the development of cities around the world. By looking closely at the condition of the city, students will produce knowledge about the state of urban landscape systems. Lastly, students will understand how this methodology informs the design process.

The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration between landscape architects and other disciplines as a necessity to address the complex issues that face our cities today. By providing examples of successful and unsuccessful collaborations, the course models how students can be effective collaborators in practice.
ContentThe course is organized around core landscape systems: soil and geology, vegetation and water.

These lectures provide a coherent series of examples of urban systems throughout the world organized around key landscape themes. This framework provides a methodology for analyzing contemporary projects in relation to landscape systems and the urban condition. Students will develop this methodology through exercises that will be reviewed throughout the course.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed