General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title New Architecture and Urban Design
Language English
Module lecturer dr inż. arch. Marta Szejnfeld, dr inż. arch. Kamila Sikorska-Podyma
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Assistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 20


Mondays: February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25. room 14

9.45-11.15 - lectures

11.30-13.00 - workshop

Faculty of Human Geography and Planning, Collegium Geographicum, Bugumila Krygowskiego 10

Module aim (aims)

The module aims to introduce students to the latest trends in contemporary design concepts at the architectural as well as urban scale. The module consists of lectures and design workshops.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of CAD or similar computer programs.



1. Introduction to modern architecture - 20th-century theories.

2. New Architecture - challenges, trends, directions.

3 Why do cities exist? Introduction to urbanism - theories of city development, structure, composition.

4. Urbanism in chaos - causes and effects.

5. New cities - new trends. A critical look.
Design workshops.

Reading list

  1. Cohen N., Urban Planning, Conservation and Preservation. McGraw Hill Professional 2001
  2. Fainstein S.S., DeFilippis J., Campbell S., Reading in Planning Theory. John Wiley & Sons 2016

  3. Gehl J., Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space, Washington - Covelo - London: Island Press 2011(reprint)

  4. Jacobs J., The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Random House, New York 1961

  5. Krauel J., Architecture for a Green Future. UNKNO 2013
  6. Offenhuber D., Ratti C., Decoding the City: Urbanism in Age of Big Data. Birkhauser 2014

  7. Preiser W.F.F., Andrea E.H., Jacob J.W. Adaptive Architecture: Changing Parameters and Practice. Routledge and Francis Group 2018

  8. Ratti C., Claudel M., The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers and the Future of Urban Life. Yale University Press 2016

  9. Living in the Endless City: The Urban Age Project by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society. Burdett R. (ed.), Phaidon Press 2011

  10. Slim D., Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life, Island Press 2019

  11. Szokolay S., Introduction to Architectural Science. The Basis of Sustainable Design. Routledge 2014