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: 16th and 30th September / 14th and 28th October / 11th  November
    from 12.00 to 15.00

    Grading: practical task

    Course on current challenges of global urbanization with special focus on a small scale interventions in cities and suburban areas. Topics discussed: (1) how theoretical thinking on urban development changed 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 with use of urban upcycling principles.

    The course requires active participation of students. Self-managed research and design tasks are carried out in groups of three students (preferably from different countries and cities/settlements 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 26th of November. 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:

    • Tactical urbanism: temporary spatial experiments to facilitate long term urban change
    •  Suburban futures - how the idea of the garden city transformed into urban sprawl - how could we 'retrofit suburbia'?
    • Revitalisation of out-of-use buildings, 'forgotten spaces' in the urban context
    • The 15-minute city - understanding the structure of cities - how to achieve the idea of a 'compact city'?

    Research papers shall build on a comprehensive literature survey, case studies (from the participant's cities), discussion and conclusion or a demonstration project/plan.

    Soóki-Tóth Gábor