The course ‘Special Topics of Urban Design II’ aims for a critical approach and understanding of contemporary urban and architectural data/evidence as well as for the development of methods and ideas in a rapidly changing environment. It focuses on current urban landscapes and addresses the ‘ordinary’ in order to provide clues and gain insights and lessons for their regeneration. It acknowledges that learning from existing landscapes, can make the architect revolutionary.
In this context, the elective course explores new, emerging concepts that result from our need to define, describe and understand the rising tsunami of unknown urban substance. It discusses concepts and urban forms that derive from the recent pluralism of adjectival Urbanisms and include Tactical Urbanism, Post‐Traumatic Urbanism, Ecological Urbanism, Bricolage Urbanism, Networked Urbanism, Sustainable Urbanism, Micro Urbanism, Dialectical Urbanism, Splintering Urbanism, Green Urbanism, Everyday Urbanism, DIY Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism, etc.
Both standard and cutting‐edge design projects and works frame and elucidate the above concepts.
The course methodology procceeds as follows:
- Identifying and interpreting concepts.
- Presentation of concept‐related urban interventions.
- Small scale interventions in urban fabrics.
Having analysed and interpreted the urban environment, students are familiar with contemporary urban concepts, are able to identify them in architectural and urban design works and incorporate/integrate them in urban (re)design proposals. The students select, analyse and present a concept of their choice. Based on its values and practices they locate a central urban area, they decipher and classify its urban typo‐morphological characteristics and then deliver small‐scale design interven