Urban Design – Sustainable Downtown Area In the City


About Course

The topics of the course concern the design of downtown urbanized areas in accordance with the doctrine of sustainable development principles. The study will cover the area of former industrial sites on the Biala River, now with diverse functions but still with relics of the area’s former industrial character.

What Will You Learn?

  • To familiarize the student with the basic functional, spatial and cultural problems of shaping urban complexes in the context of a sustainable inner city.
  • To present the basic terminology of urban planning in the field of urban structure including public spaces, as well as the basic principles of urban revitalization.
  • Teaching methods of analyzing the conditions of the existing state and, on this basis, formulating design assumptions.
  • Developing a functional and spatial concept for a given area, together with a land development project.

Course Content

Analysis and synthesis of spatial conditions
This part of the course will first discuss issues related to urban space, and urban design methodology. Then during the workshop, under the guidance of the Trainers, your task will be to prepare spatial analyses. Each group of analyses will be accompanied by step-by-step questions to help you with their implementation. The tutors are available online all the time during the workshop and ready to help you. After the workshop, you will send the material to the designated cloud address. After reviewing the material, the Tutor will give you a correction of the presented material during the individual online consultation, but this is not an evaluation. Evaluation of this part will take place during the final discussion.

Project assumptions and inspiration
After we have familiarized ourselves with the conditions, identified the problems, and noted the possibilities of the site, in design we move on to establishing design assumptions. We will revolve around terms and policies and strategies from various fields related to sustainable development. As in the previous task, first there will be an introduction, then a workshop during which you and your partners will prepare design assumptions, look for inspiration. The next step will be feedback and this topic will close with a joint presentation.

Implementation of the project
In this phase of the module, we move on to the actual design. The phase is divided into two phases, during which three workshops will be held. In the first phase, we will answer the question: Where do we start designing in a comprehensive urban design project? It will conclude with a discussion and closure of the concept. The next phase and workshop will focus on the technical finishing of drawings according to technical standards. And the final workshop will be the development of the public space concept, model and presentation.

Urban design glossary
Here you will find the concepts that appear on the course and with which you should be familiar. These terms will appear in the quizzes, but you should also use them in your discussion or presentation, as this will be one of the things we will pay attention to.