Cities of the World - BMEEPUI0893


    Lecturers: Gábor Csaba SOÓKI-TÓTH
    Person in charge at the department: Imre VARGA, Árpád SZABÓ

    Credits: 2
    Hours per week: 4 hours every second week (dates of the classes: 18th September / 2nd and 16th October / 6th and 20th November / 4th December) 
    Grading: practical task

    Course on current challenges of global urbanization with special focus on a small scale & network interventions in cities and suburban areas. Topics discussed: (1) how theoretical thinking on urban development changes in the context of global urbanization; (2) the impact of deindustrialization on urban development dynamics; (3) how politics and market forces drive the development of cities; (4) applying the principles of sustainability and resilience and the use of smart technologies in  urban planning; (5) possible ways to enhance the overall quality of urban life.

    The course requires active participation of students. Self-managed research and design tasks are carried out in groups of three students (preferably from 3 different countries to facilitate transnational learning experience). Introductory tutorial is provided during the class meetings followed by work in groups. Each group prepares a research paper to be submitted on the 4th of December. The topic of the student coursework is to be selected from the following list of subjects. The exact focus and scope of the research paper shall be finalized during the course.

    Research topics:

    • Airport urbanism - urban development patterns around major airports - what is the future of the 'aerotropolis'?
    • Big Data - implications of new technologies: 'evidence based urban planning' - examples for data-based design and management of urban development.
    • Masterplanning sustainable neighbourhoods - lessons to be learned from examples of neighbourhood regeneration and urban expansion projects.
    • The 15-minute city - understanding the structure of cities - how to achieve the idea of a 'compact city'?
    • Suburban futures - how the idea of the garden city transformed into urban sprawl - how could we 'retrofit suburbia'?
    • Massive small interventions - smart urbanism from the bottom up - best practices from around the world.
    • New Urbanism - an overview of theory and practice - highlighting its impact on urban design principles?
    • Technology innovation and urban development - effects of production, logistics and telecommunication technology advancements on how cities are built.
    • How pandemics changed the way we build cities - possible long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on urban planning.

    Soóki-Tóth Gábor