Summer Semester 2011

Summer semester 2011

Course catalogue SoSe 2011
within the Study Programme AdUrb


Dipl.-Ing. Philippe Schmidt MSc
Dr. Bernhard Stratmann

Further lecturers:
Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Quaas
Dipl. Kaufm. Tore Dobberstein

P        Study Project        21 Credits

Sustainable land use management as a tool for urban development
As part of Germany’s strategies for sustainable urban development the reduction of land consumption plays a mayor role. An array of approaches have been developed in recent year to encounter this problem which is present in many urbanized areas world-wide, in areas of high as well as of low density.

This research-based project-seminar (Integrated Urban Project IUP) is mainly focused on the REFINA program, which is targeting to reduce land consumption for new settlement and transport-related areas from currently 115 to 30 hectares per day by 2020. Several instruments and tools have been developed and applied as part of this program in recent years. Our summer term is structured into four different phases where research as well as the application of research-based information will be applied in two design tasks.

1. research phase (6 weeks)
In a first theoretical phase of the project-seminar, we will analyze and work out the main objectives and targets of revitalization tools like the REFINA program and compare different measures of it. The goal of the seminar is to understand interrelations between scientific approaches of land use and urban development. We will try to formulate aspects of “soil consciousness” as part of systematic and methodological thinking in sustainable processes.

2. on the site design project and symposium (4 weeks)
ars Berlin Summer Academy adaptive interface - building envelope
In a second phase two sites will be explored towards their potentials for future development with the goal to fulfill requirements of an integrative approach. A brownfield site in Berlin that is dedicated to re-development will serve as main study case. What are the specific remains of uses and structures of buildings that one has to typically deal with in brownfield remediation? And how can a site program up to the building structure be defined towards a more sustainable duration or flexibility for a new development?

We will work together with international student teams at the ars Berlin summer academy on the spot, accompanied by a symposium with international experts. This research-based design phase will last one month up to final presentations and a public exhibition in a Berlin gallery.

3. impromptu design charette and lectures (3 days)
As part of the second phase an in-depth focus will be driven on one specific tool of the REFINA program dedicated to brownfield revitalization. The focus is to use a German tool on an US-site. The impromptu design exercise of three days will be accompanied by half a day of lectures committed to international brownfield exchange. It is dedicated to a development scheme of a 20 acre site in Troutdale USA. The questions of ecological remediation will offer further impulses to the question how adaptive interfaces can be developed (for the ars Berlin summer academy).

4. final thesis phase (2 weeks)
The final phase is to reflect the onsite experience and design results based on the research made in the first phase. It should lead to forming relevant theses that go beyond the design project. Restrictions of the own design project should be formulated and help to built up a critical outline for further research.

Part of this final phase is a Prospective Master Candidates' Colloquium. The colloquium consists of two parts: first, participation in the Master Colloquium European Urban Studies / IIUS / Advanced Urbanism. Secondly, the preparation and presentation of the structure of a potential Masters thesis project (i.e. development of a research question, theories referred to, general approach and methods suggested). The presentation will take place at the IfEU mid of July 2011.

The overall goal is to explore and improve scientific methods and research-based instruments in terms of spatial development and to reflect this in exchange to be applied exemplarily on concrete urban development sites.

Embedded in a cooperative project of
ars Berlin summer academy (project phase 2.)
and a BMBF / US EPA project (project phase 3.)

Participants:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Dessau Institute of Architecture, INBG at the FH Kaiserslautern, Iowa State University

Language: English
Time: Tuesday, 13:30 – 16:45
Location: IfEU, Albrecht-Dürer-Str. 2, Room 107
Start: April 12, 2011.
Registration: During the first meeting


Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Schmitz
V        Urban Design        3 Credits

Design and Theory of Building Types

The lectures deal with the historical evolution of public buildings and public spaces. Two aspects are important: function and architectural space. The history of function is one of diversification and specialisation. History has shown that programmatic ideas and spatial ideas correspond within their own time but that form does not always follow function. In many cases, typical spatial forms are capable of coping with a diversity of functional requirements. Function can be implicit as well as explicit; how could we otherwise reuse older buildings.

Public buildings and public spaces are as much a result of conflicting architectural ideas proposed by different periods of history as they are the result of a specific programmatic idea of their own time. Ideal buildings and ideal spaces are the exception; in most cases, architects are concerned with the reconciliation of conflicting spatial ideals and conflicting programmatic ideas. The lecture course supports the idea that the intuitive design process is part of a greater architectural history. The lectures deal with the present, and with the past in relation to the present.

Language: English
Time: Tuesday, 11:00 – 12.30
Location: Marienstr. 13C, Lecture Hall B
Start: April 5, 2011
Registration: During the first lecture


Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt
Jennifer Plaul M.A.
S        Urban Sociology        3 Credits

Obama's cities
Obviously, the election of Barack Obama signifies a change in the American society. The long lasting political geography however only changed slowly and to a lesser extent. Still, the cities are the core of the democratic party support while the suburbian areas are a stronghold of the republican party. Especially those better-off counties with a higher income and as part of the growing branches of the “new economy” have rather felt at home in a more conservative view on politics. In 2009, Obama has been successful to win also their sympathy and even some strongholds of the Republicans voted for him. Will the social and political geography of the US-citizen be influenced by the Obama success on the long run or does the 2008 election only represent a lasting schism between the suburb and the core city? This seminar will take a look at the American situation by reviewing recent literature with regard to different aspects of urban life.

Language: English
Time: Monday, 09:15 – 10:45
Location: Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8 (Main Building), Room 110
Start: April 4, 2011
Registration: During the first meeting

Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt

S        Urban Sociology        3 Credits

Reading Urban Studies

Urban scholars are productive people. The number of publications with regard to urban subjects is increasing and already since long, it is hard to hold an overview on the most important publications of the last years. In this seminar, some positively reviewed publications of the last year from different fields of research in urban studies will be presented and discussed. The participants will be given the chance to reflect critically on these studies and exercise an argumentative and academic attitude towards scientific publications in general. The further objective of the seminar is to allow the students to develop their own research questions against the background of the actual state of the art on his or her particular field of interest.

Language: English
Time: Mondays, 15:15 – 16:45
Location: Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8 (Main Building), Room 110
Start: April 4, 2011
Registration: During the first meeting


Lecturers in the field of European Urban Studies/Advanced Urbanism
o 4 Koll    Colloquium            4 Credits

The course is the platform for presentation and discussion of the Masters theses. The candidates will present the intermediate results of their work on their individual topics. Suggestions for further action will be made by fellow students and academics attending the colloquium.

Admission for the Master examination is required for participation.
Performance record (attestation) will be achieved by giving an oral presentation.

Directed at: Master (EU, IIUS/AdUrb)
Language: English
Time: Block course, see notice-board
Location: IfEU, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 2
Start: See notice-board
Registration: Not necessary, all students accepted for the Master examination have to participate

Lecturers in the field of European Urban Studies/Advanced Urbanism
o 4 Koll    Colloquium            4 Credits

IPP EU / UH Doctorate Colloquium
The course is the platform for presentation and discussion of the Doctoral theses.

Directed at: IPP EU
Language: English
Time: See notice-board
Location: IfEU, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 2
Start: See notice-board