The teaching at the Chair of Urban Design focuses on the urban development project. The spatial-processual approach to urban design is the core competence to be trained. In order for TUM graduates to be able to constructively participate in the upcoming social and spatial changes of our cities and to find their way around in a highly challenging environment, however, flexibility and independence in the appropriation of questions must also be trained.
Accordingly, the teaching concept gradually introduces students to the independent design of urban development projects. It provides for an increasingly independent way of working and, in connection with this, a constantly closer connection to current, open questions in order to train independent thinking.
The bachelor lecture in the 4th semester of the architecture program explains the fundamental cultural background of European urban planning. In the bachelor drafts, techniques of urban design are tested on the basis of inner-city situations in Munich and can be deepened in the bachelor's thesis in addition to free topics if necessary. This fundamental ability to carry out urban development projects forms the basis for the Master's Studios in Architecture and Urban Studies, in which the independent appropriation of a question along a clear methodological framework is encouraged and linked to research. The accompanying seminars serve to better understand the background of current urban development and are designed to be interactive and discursive. The module Special Issues in Urban Design enables students to work on individual, in-depth questions and scientific papers at the professorship. In the reflection or methodical development of research questions, the methodical-scientific understanding is sharpened and a thesis task is developed. This is then the subject of the first completely independent work in the Master's thesis. It is also planned to develop a network of graduates with regular workshops and cooperations over the next years.
Across all formats, there is also the promotion of and the demand for a clear idea of the role of architecture and urbanism in society, which takes into account the current challenges.