The approach for the Masterclass

To achieve the greatest benefit from the workshop, prior knowledge and insight  about the topic would be advantageous. It is suggested that not only should the students read specific papers or chapters, but should also prepare some information before the workshop. Groups of 3-4 students will study squares in specific countries, for example the UK, Northern Europe (Norway/Sweden/Denmark), Germany, Italy/France, Netherlands, Spain/Portugal, etcStudents will briefly report on the outcomes during the startup of the Masterclass.

Introductory lectures

Both lecturers will explain the objectives of the workshop (structure, deliverables etc.), and also present information on aspects of the topic. The presentations will  include the practice of square design in Copenhagen (pedestrianisation), practice in the Netherlands and practice in the UK and other parts of North Western Europe.

Main programme

Research existing pedestrian networks, streets, and squares in the city centre. The The Masterclass will consider pedestrian space at different scales. In the first part the analysis, mapping, classification, evaluation and coverage of the existing  provision are the central issues. This will lead to potential new places for squares with the aim of providing a network of places. The second part of the workshop focuses on the design of these places: size, scale, uses, materials etc. An essential aspect for the location is the topography.

Learning objectives

The students will systematically demonstrate and apply understanding and knowledge at the forefront of their discipline.  This will be based on research-rich learning, and delivered by an independently conducted, innovative design project that demonstrates and utilises appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation, synthesis and application.

The students will be able to:

  • study complex environments, learn independently, communicate, and justify their work by
  • analysing an urban design theme, and providing static and dynamic visualisations;
  • distinguishing and applying urban design elements that provide comfortable and attractive environments;
  • exhibiting the importance of well-structured and carefully designed public spaces to assist liveable, healthy and successful city centres;
  • synthesising the knowledge gained from theoretical study and practical applications;
  • producing designs based on knowledge developed during the study;
  • designing at different levels through a range of scales and demonstrating the ability to reflect on local design within a broader academic perspective;
  • presenting the outcomes to audiences including academics, practitioners and the public; and justify their decisions and proposals.