Seminar (3 CP)
Summer semester 2021

Public Life Studies / Comparative Urbanism

An introduction to research in urban planning

In this seminar, students design and develop their own research project with the aim to identify similarities and differences of urban design and public space usage and accessibility in the US and Germany. It is an introduction to research methodologies in urban design with a focus of gaining fresh empiric data (e.g. observations, counting, interviews, comparative studies etc.). Research methods leading to a theoretical framework and allowing to contextualize the empiric findings will be applied by students.

The course is a cooperation between Department of Architecture (FB15), Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDa) and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), Virginia Tech (VT), intended to enhance the (digital) mobility of students and professors of both universities.

Appointments: see schedule below
Language: English
Credit points: 3ECTS
Moodle: WF E (UHG): Public Life Studies / Comparative Urbanism – 15-02-6494-se
1st meeting: 4.11.2020, 9:30 h, online
Examination: 11.05.2021

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll, MSc. Gladys Vásquez Fauggier


11.03.2021 15:00 9:00 kick off meeting
18.03.2021 10:00 16:15 inclusive public spaces
25.03.2021 10:00 16:15 comparative studies between Germany & United States
01.04.2021 10:00 16:15 formulating research questions & analysis tools
08.04.2021 10:00 16:15 1st critique
15.04.2021 10:00 16:15 methods to gather empirical data
22.04.2021 10:00 16:15 open time for crits
24.04.2021 15:00 9:00 workshop & 2nd critique
25.04.2021 15:00 9:00 workshop & 2nd critique
29.04.2021 10:00 16:15 open time for crits
06.05.2021 10:00 16:15 open time for crits
11.05.2021 15:00 9:00 final presentation