1 Master of Science degree programme Urban Design The Master of Science degree programme Urban Design is based on a broad conception of contemporary urban structures and networks. In the light of the challenges posed by a dynamically changing built environment, new solutions that create a solid base for sustainable and open-ended urban planning must be found. The master degree programme teaches the methods and tools for well-founded research and design practices that emphasise conceptual working processes, in-depth analyses, experimental intervention formats and process-oriented planning strategies. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the master degree Urban Design provides a setting in which the different departments and fields of study at the HCU Hamburg can interact for example Architecture, Urban- and Landscape Planning, History of Architecture, Urban Theory, Sociology, Regional Economics or Project Management. In this way, the educational programme brings the design skills needed for an architecturally oriented urban design practice together with the technical, social-scientific and communicative competencies required by an urban planning practice characterised by task management. The master programme Urban Design concentrates on strengthening this crossover of disciplines in order to access new areas of research and lines of work in the built environment. Admission requirements The non-consecutive Master of Science degree Urban Design is directed at all theorists and practitioners who are interested in gaining further qualifications in the field of applied urban research and the design of urban environments. A university or higher education degree with professional qualifications in spatially-oriented fields and branches of study (such as Architecture, Urban-, Landscape-, or Spatial Planning) is a prerequisite. Graduates of other degree programmes lasting a minimum of three years (for example Cultural Sciences, Geography, History, Sociology, Ethnology, Fine Arts, Visual Communication) can also be admitted to the master study programme. The selection committee will decide on whether or not the applicants qualifications meet the course admission requirements, using the procedure specified in the admission regulations. For more information on application and admission procedure please see UD-admission-HCU.pdf
2 Content and goals The goal of the Urban Design programme is to sensitize its graduates for transformation processes taking place in the contemporary cities of a globalized world and also for the new challenges facing urban design as a result. The master programme encourages the ability to recognise the determinants that play an operative role in a process and to develop new design opportunities within more complex frameworks. The interdisciplinary competencies required are concentrated in the study programme in an application-oriented form. This includes for example: - the intensive training of methods of observation and recording - the use of different methods of analysis and research - the testing of different draft-, design-, and transformation techniques - the development of conceptual and strategic approaches - the cultivation of team-oriented and interdisciplinary working methods - the teaching of communicative competencies - the teaching of specialist knowledge oriented towards current research issues - insights into current urbanistic positions and theoretical discourses - the ability to carry out independent academic research and/or develop an artistic position Professional goals The course of studies and final degree provided by the master programme Urban Design qualifies the participants for a broad range of tasks. It enables them to adapt to the highly differentiated demands made by ambitious architectural and planning offices as well as those made by science and research. In addition, the course provides access to numerous lines of work in public administration, in associations, institutes, research establishments, business development and regional management agencies or in the construction and real estate industries. Provided that the specified minimum requirements for the professional qualification have been met and this depends on the respective bachelor degree the graduates may be admitted to the list of urban planners and architects maintained by the chambers responsible. Course of studies The Master of Science programme comprises of four semesters. It is divided into five teaching areas that consist of or elective individual modules. The core modules are also offered in English if required. The Urban Design Project forms the main focus of the programme. The project courses run throughout both study years up until the master thesis. The Urban Design Project is supplemented by the communication of a broad spectrum of methods and skills: In the first year of study the teaching areas Intervention Project and Transformations make up further important components of the master programme. In the teaching area Methods, Tools and Theory students can choose electives from a broad offer that includes all the study programmes at the HCU Hamburg and in this way focus on their individual interests. In the third semester, a study period abroad is scheduled at one of the partner universities of the HCU Hamburg. In the fourth semester the master study programme is completed with an autonomous academic and/or project-specific master thesis as well as an oral exam. On graduation, the student is awarded with the title Master of Science (M.Sc.).
3 Teaching areas Urban Design Project: In the Urban Design Project, students carry out independent work in the field of analysis and research as well as planning and design. The first year of study is characterised by a common theme. In the second year the students have the possibility to individually develop the main focus of the project in accordance with their initial knowledge and interests. The collaborative project work takes place in the urban design lab. This guarantees a continuous, intensive exchange between the students and lecturers or professors brought together on an interdisciplinary level. In the Urban Design Project the master students benefit from the specialist coaching by four professors from the areas of Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Sociology as well as the comprehensive support offered by the Urban Design department team. Intervention Project: The main aim of the Intervention Project is to teach investigative research and intervention methods and test their viability within the city. The module Urban Territories I in the first study semester deals with the qualitative methods of empirical urban research, while the main focus of the module Urban Territories II is on the critical examination of different intervention practices and the autonomous application of interventional research methods. Transformations: The teaching area Transformations deals with the different models of urbanistic theory from the precursors of modern urban design to the contemporary debate. The first module Discourse/Revisions deals with the urbanistic history of ideas from last century. The main focus is on the discourse around theoretical urban design approaches in their cultural and social context. The second module Discourse/Trends is dedicated to the critical examination of current debates. Methods, Tools and Theory: The teaching area Methods, Tools and Theory is aimed at gaining and building on methodical competencies. It consists of eight modules, three modules (Research and Design Transfer, Focus: Methods, Documentation) and five elective modules that can be selected from a catalogue with four areas (Research and Design A-D). The students have access to a broad range of courses from all of the study programmes at the HCU Hamburg. In this way, they can increase their skills individually in accordance with their personal interests or existing knowledge. Compulsory courses: - Research and Design Transfer, 3rd semester, serves the reflection, documentation and representation of the work performed during the study semester abroad and the exchange based on the specific and cultural experiences. - Focus: Methods, 4th semester, serves the preparation and more in-depth support for the master thesis with regard to the systematic application of academic and/or artistic methods. - Documentation, 4th semester, rounds off the studies with a documentation of the working procedure and results and their conclusive presentation using appropriate media.
4 Catalogue of elective courses, areas A-D (see table attached): A Theory and context B Methods and technique C Design and transformation D Representation and communication Studium Fundamentale Studium Fundamentale is a trans-disciplinary teaching area offered to participants of all study programmes at the HCU Hamburg. Parallel to the specific courses provided by the programmes, creative thought and a flexible mind are encouraged through a series of different optional courses. Professors The following professors play a significant role in teaching the master study programme Urban Design: Prof. Bernd Kniess and team, Urban Design Prof. Dr. Ingrid Breckner, Urban- and Regional Sociology Prof. Dott. Paolo Fusi, Urban Design Prof. Dr. Michael Koch, Urban Design and District Planning Prof. Christopher Dell, Studium Fundamentale/Urban Design Meta Lab Prof. Dr. Angelus Eisinger, History and Culture of the Metropolis The above will be joined by further professors/lecturers from other faculties of the HCU Hamburg in accordance with the respective optional modules. Further information Isa Baumgart, programme coordinator T +49 (0)
5 Overview of modules URBAN DESIGN MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAMME Teaching area Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Urban Design Project total 30 CP Research and Design 1 UD_M_ CP Research and Design 2 UD_M_ CP Research and Design 3 UD_M_ CP Urban Design Thesis total 20 CP Thesis Project UD_M_ CP Intervention Project total 10 CP Urban Territories 1 UD_M_0102 Urban Territories 2 UD_M_0202 Transformations total 10 CP Discourse/Revisions UD_M_0103 Discourse/Trends UD_M_0203 Methods, Tools & Theory /elective total 2 Methods, Tools & Theory 1 UD_M_0104 Methods, Tools & Theory 2 UD_M_0204 Methods, Tools & Theory 4 UD_M_0302 Methods, Tools & Theory 3 UD_M_0205 Methods, Tools & Theory 5 UD_M_0303 Methods, Tools & Theory total 1 Research & Design Transfer UD_M_0304 Focus: Methods UD_M_0402 Documentation UD_M_0403 Studium Fundamentale elective total 10 CP Studium Fundamentale 1 UD_MSF_0105 Studium Fundamentale 2 UD_MSF_0305 total 120 CP 30 CP 30 CP 30 CP 30 CP
6 Methods, Tools & Theory, Catalogue of elective courses, areas A-D Master of Science Degree Programme Urban Design: Electives in the teaching area Methods, Tools & Theory: Teaching area Catalogue A theory/context Catalogue B methods/techniques Catalogue C design/transformation Catalogue D visual./communication Methods, Tools & Theory - /elective - total: 2 Incentives Geistes- und Sozialwiss. Architekturtheorie Architektursoziologie Umweltplanung & Entscheidungsunterst. Forschungsmethoden & SPSS Immobilienmärkte, Immobilie & Stadt Incentives Entwurf & Gestaltung Entwurf & Gestaltung 1 Entwurf & Gestaltung 2 Methoden und Kompetenzen Management und Kooperation Audio/Video Incentives Bauökonomie + Baurecht Experimentelle GIS Methoden Stadt- & Regionalentwicklung Sondergebiete der Bauökonomie Computergestütztes Planen & Entwerfen Stadt- & Regionalentw. im int. Kontext Sondergebiete des Baurecht Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft in der Stadt Projekt- & Quartiersentwicklung Courses from other disciplines: Sozioökonomie lokaler Lebenswelten Sozioökonomie der Stadtregion qualitative/quantitative Forschungsmeth. qualitative Methoden/Visualisierung Urbane Kultivierungen Landschaftsplanerisches Entwerfen Architecture Theorie des Städtebaus quantitative Methoden/Visualisierung Szenariotechnik, Entwurfsmethoden Urban Planning Reflexionen metropolitaner Entwicklung Methodische Zugänge der Ethnologie Kartografie des Alltags Civil Engineering Rechtliche Grundlagen Geschichte & Methoden der Kartografie REAP Verkehrsplanung new courses N.N. Planungs- und Umweltrecht Immobilienwirtschaft und Gewerbeplan. Integrierte Verkehrsplanung Verkehrsplanung und -infrastruktur Urban Energy Flows Urban Water Cycle Fundamentals of Sustainability Internat. Development: Institutions/Policy Legal and economic instruments Theorie und Ästhetik der Landschaft