Course detail

Modern Theories of Development and Urban Planning

FA-MVU1Compulsory-optionalMaster's (2nd cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Summer semester1. year of study4  credits

Specialised seminar in which the students should complete and deepen their recent knowledge of contemporary building of cities, improve their orientation in literature (Internet) and gain the ability to work out and defend information on a selected topic. The subject is divided in three thematic blocks; at the beginning of each of them is a pilot lecture on the topic. The blocks are focused on modern development concepts of the city, its parts and estates, and on the views of prominent personalities on the city's formation. Under the leadership of teachers, students work out seminar papers on selected topics (one seminar paper for each thematic block).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of modern urban development theories. Detailed knowledge of the theme to be worked out. Ability to orientate oneself in literature.


Professional orientation in problems of urban planning, town and country planning and land development. Basic knowledge of the main development problems of contemporary cities.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Christiane Crasemann Collins, George R. Collins, Camillo Sitte: The Birth of Modern City Planning, Mineola 2006.
George R. Collins, The Linear City in:_David Lewis_The Pedistrian in the City: Architect's Year Book XI, London 1965.
Lukáš Fasora, Dělník a měšťan: vývoj jejich vzájemných vztahů na příkladu šesti moravských měst 1870–1914, Brno 2010
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, New York 1978
Siegfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command, New York 1948
Peter Hall, Planning Europe's Capital Cities: Aspects of Nineteenth-Century Urban Development, Routledge 2003
David Harvey, Paris Capital of Modernity, New York 2003
Pavla Horská, Klasická urbanizace v českých zemích in: Pavla Horská, Eduard Maur, Jiří Musil. Zrod velkoměsta: urbanizace českých zemí a Evropa, Praha 2002, s. 121–219.
Mari Hvattum, Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism, Cambridge, New York 2004
Francoise Choay, The Invention of Historic Monument, New York 2001

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

Seminar assignments and their presentations are evaluated.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

I. subject – modern conception cities
European metropolis
New cities
Final seminar
II. subject – modern conception urban design sets
Housing files
Public funds files
Set of free space (Open sleeping)
Final seminar
III. subject – personalities urban design production
Personalities I.
Personalities II.
Final seminar


Gaining professional theoretical knowledge of modern urban development theories.

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

Active attendance of seminars. Working out three information papers, and their presentation at the seminar.

Type of course unit



13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer