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Course detail

Urbanism I - Basic and Evolution

Course unit code: FA-U11
Academic year: 2010/2011
Type of course unit: compulsory
Level of course unit: Bachelor's (1st cycle)
Year of study: 1
Semester: summer
Number of ECTS credits:
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
Detailed knowledge of contemporary urban planning problems and prospective urban development trends.
Mode of delivery:
90 % face-to-face, 10 % distance learning
Theoretical and practical knowledge of problems and ability to solve them, needed for architectural design activity.
Not applicable.
Recommended optional programme components:
Not applicable.
Course contents (annotation):
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.
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:

Lecture: 26 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer: prof. Ing. arch. Jan Koutný, CSc.
doc. Ing. arch. Maxmilián Wittmann, Ph.D.
Exercise: 14 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer: doc. Ing. arch. Maxmilián Wittmann, Ph.D.

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