Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 303 City Planning and Urban Design Undergraduate 3 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 5 2 + 2 114 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Lejla Odobasic Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course explores important substantive areas and concepts in the field of urban planning and design. Further, this course aims to examine the fundamentals of urban design as they relate to all scales of the built environment - including regions, cities, districts, neighborhoods, blocks and parcels. Lastly, course introduce basic methods of urban analysis and their application in order understand the design process of creating new areas and the fundamentals of retrofitting existing ones.

• Introducing the students to methods of integration of basic urban planning and design concepts
• Give students fundamental knowledge about the concept and application of design principles into built environment
• To gain practice in the basic skills of urban design analysis
• To gain an appreciation of both the process and product of the design of the built environment
• Create awareness of a high quality and sustainable development addressing the unique characteristics of urban areas
• Acquaint students with the complex process of urban planning and design
• To provide practice in visual, graphic and spatial literacy

  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction of City /Town Planning Theory and Methodology
  3. Foundations of the town planning Legislation. Understanding of the development of Cities/Towns trough History: Background, Concept, Genesis, Postulates, Principles, Criteria The planning process
  4. Form of the city. Functional organisation of the city.
  5. Classification of the physical structure of the city
  6. Quantitative Elements of Urban Design
  7. Visual design factors, context and natural elements
  8. Understanding of the relationships between social, economic, environment, religion and cultural context of the city
  9. Mid-Term
  10. Urban infrastructure. Connectivity
  11. Public spaces. Street, Square, Park
  12. Human dimension and city Liveable city
  13. Contemporary approaches in the city development and urban planning
  14. Introduction to the sustainable concepts of the cities
  15. Overview of lecture materials

    1. INTRODUCTION_ Project explanation
    2. Reading Influential Urban Plans
    3. Mental Map
    4. Studio Project/ Analysis of Neighborhood -Discovering a Neighborhood
    5. Studio Project/Analysis of Neighborhood -Discovering a Neighborhood
    6. Studio Project/Analysis of Neighborhood -Discovering a Neighborhood
    7. Studio Project/Quantitative Elements of Urban Design
    8. Studio Project/Quantitative Elements of Urban Design
    9. Mid Term
    10. Studio Project/Elements of Urban Design: Designing a Neighborhood
    11. Studio Project/Connectivity
    12. Studio Project/The Definition of Public Space
    13. Studio Project/A place-making exercise - Design of plaza, square, park or street
    14. Studio Project/A place-making exercise - Design of plaza, square, park or street
    15. Studio Project/A place-making exercise - Design of plaza, square, park or street

    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Problem solving30
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Identify the major questions and issues in the urban design and planning and realization of spaces for human use with the scope of collecting information and developing a design proposal
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles, concepts, and approaches essential for urban areas
    • Critically review of social, economic, environment, religion and cultural roles of the city/town development
    • Respond to natural and built site characteristics in the development of a program and the design of a project
    • Creatively application of the knowledge in the research and analysis work
    • Translate basic program requirements into spatial strategies and design deliverables
    • Demonstrate skills to actively participate in the presentation and peer review and constructive communication with colleagues
    • John Ratcliffe (1974) “Town and Country Planning”
    • Cliff Moughtin, Urban Design: Method and Techniques
    • Cliff Moughtin and Miguel Mertens (2003) „Urban Design: Street and Square“
    • Cliff Moughtin and Peter Shirley (2005) „Urban Design: Green Dimensions“
    • Lynch, Kevin. (1960). The Image of the City. Boston: The M.I.T. Press.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
    Preparation for Final Examination13535
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 114
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5