Course detail

Urbanism I - Basic and Evolution

FA-U11CompulsoryBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Summer semester1. year of study3  credits

The subject "Urban design I - fundamentals of urban design" acquaints the students of the Faculty of Architecture for the first time with the problems of urban design. The first part of classes covers the significance of urban design in the society, its relation to land use planing and its contemporary interpretation. Emphasis is put on the conceptual principles of developing the city's functional components and its functional system. Students get also acquainted with the urban typology of buildings, utilities, residential units, commercial and non-commercial facilities, recreation facilities, green spaces, technical and transport infrastructure. In classes and tutorials students gain fundamental skills in urban designing, and are prepared for managing a basic urban design studio.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Detailed knowledge of contemporary urban planning problems and prospective urban development trends.


Theoretical and practical knowledge of problems and ability to solve them, needed for architectural design activity.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Gehl, J., Genzoe, L.: Nové městské prostory, ERA Brno, 2002 (CS)
Hurník, P.: Moje vzpomínka na Zelný trh je o svádění, sborník Moje vzpomínka na Zelný trh, KIC Brno, 2003 (CS)
Hrůza, J. - Zajíc, J.: Vývoj urbanismu I., II., ČVUT, Praha, 1996 (CS)
Kopáčik, G. a kol.: Ulice v urbanistické struktuře, výzkumný úkol GAČR, FA VUT Brno, 2001 (CS)
Hurník, P.: Brněnské urbanistické dny, Stavba, Praha, 2003 (CS)
Valena, T.: Město a topografie, Národní tech.muzeum, 1991 (CS)
Vývoj urbanismu, presentační a dokumentační materiály, 2004 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Written exam. In the final classification there shall be counted 1/3 seminar evaluation, 2/3 written exam evaluation. It is necessary to gain absolute (half and more) point count in both parts of evaluation, otherwise the exam is not passed. The results of control test (max. 5 points) are bonus that is added to gained point count (to maximum amount of 100 points).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Introduction – urbanism, society, space, environment
Living and housing files I.
Living and housing files II.
Living and housing files III.
Noncommercial equipment (administrative, social, cultural, health, sport, physical training)
Commercial equipment (business, services, accommodation, gastronomy)
Files resident equipment (monophyletic, mixed, central)
Production and in - store runnings and files
Green and recreation
Transport I. – conveying screen
Transport II. – traffic attendance
Transport III. – traffic equipment


Students are familiarized with urbanistic building typology, devices and housing elements, commercial and non-commercial equipment, technical facilities and transportation. During lessons and seminars students also acquire basics of urbanistic designing and are prepared for managing basic urbanistic studio.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Passing seminar, processing and presentation of seminar works. 80% of practice teaching is mandatory, 20% is not necessary to substitute.

Type of course unit



14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer