“The Dense Urban City”
The Chair of Urban Architecture examines the conditions of architecture in contemporary cities at all scales and the associated development of sustainable urban concepts for tomorrow’s cities. Teaching at the chair takes the form of lectures, project work, seminars, day trips and week-long field trips and focuses on examining and developing architectural models for “The Dense Urban City”. Urban architecture, although experienced first and foremost in its three-dimensional form, is understood, analyzed and reconceived as a complex, man-made artifact. Knowledge of the history and theory of architecture and the city in turn informs the development of architectural and urban design projects. The aim of project and seminar work is to acquire a methodological understanding of the parameters that shape the development of urban architecture and urban space at the level of the city as a whole, the neighborhood, the building, and its details. These criteria form the foundation for designing in urban situations.