Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 512 Architecture of the City Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 146 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Dina Šamić Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Facing current rapidly changing society and profit based system of values architects and urban planners have been exposed to a wide range of professional challenges in order to keep the practice up to date. Within this context particularly concepts of the city and urbanity have been challenged. In order to face further changes we need to reconsider traditional planning methods and design tools. Architecture of the City is a design course that explores how the traditional techniques, dynamics and tools of can be transformed as a means to ask fundamental questions about the contemporary city. This course tends to explore and implement alternative architectural and urban planning tools adequate for facing unexpected societal, cultural and environmental shifts producing profound spatial transformations as well as radical mutations in land occupancy. The focus of the course is on understanding the complexity of contemporary cities constantly in the process of reinventing themselves. Students are challenged to develop critical and coherent attitude towards recent urban phenomena and traditional architectural and urban interventions. The course is structured into three stages: URBAN EXPLORATION, URBAN RE-THINKING – FUTURE CITIES and URBAN DESIGN, focusing on different aspect of the research.

Main goals of the course are:
1. developing the ability to identify and define problems in urban structure;
2. exploring contemporary contextual urban challenges;
3. identifying basic urban patterns and matrixes;
4. developing logical and creative thinking, clarity of communication and implementation of regulated search;
5. identifying appropriate tools and instruments of urban intervention within specific local context;
6. exploration of new, contemporary spatial strategies and methods;
7. application of theoretical knowledge of urbanism, social sciences and economics;
8. developing graphic and three-dimensional presentation skills;

  1. Introduction to the course and design methodology.
  2. General explanation – urban planning in contemporary society
  3. New systems and relations– different city. Voids.
  7. The idea of hybridization and connectivity
  8. Notion of public space
  9. Mid-term
  10. Nodes, connections, matrix
  11. The role of infrastructure and architectural form in urban planning
  12. Relevance of ideology, culture, economic and social processes
  13. Urban transformations
  14. Course overview
  15. Final presentation

  1. Introduction to the design project.
  2. Introduction to the chosen segment of Sarajevo urban matrix. Determining the conditions and process within given urban situation. Observing, collecting, and editing data location, land, natural and built structure, transportation links, climatological characteristics - visit to the site.

  1. Site analysis. Recognition of various impacts on the area. Analysis of the chosen case study examples – URBAN EXPLORATION
  2. Identification of the problem. Exploration of GREEN CITY / VERTICAL CITY case study projects
  3. Development of the possible intervention strategies. Exploration of PUBLIC CITY / IDEAL CITY case study projects
  4. Evaluation of possible research topics. Exploration of 5 MINUTES CITY case study projects
  5. Research basis and methods
  6. Research review
  7. Mid-term
  8. Development of diagrams according to research results.
  9. Development of diagrams according to research results.
  10. Development of conceptual drawings according to research results.
  11. Development of conceptual drawings according to research results.
  12. Visual representation of the project.
  13. Final presentation

  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Problem solving
  • Case Studies
  • Use of educational films
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Term Paper110
Class Deliverables130
Final Exam140
Total: 80
Learning outcomes
  • Critical review of existing urban structure and urban planning tools;
  • Understanding basic processes which shape contemporary cities, facts and actors of urban development and construction;
  • Solve real world challenges by exploring, assessing and critiquing existing proposals of learning from past successes and failures and identifying new or unexplored opportunities;
  • Identifying the problems in functioning of urban activities and understanding why these activities are subjected to interventions;
  • Application of urban parameters in communication and research;
  • Bin J., Xiaobai Y., (2009) Geospatial analysis and modelling of Urban Structure and Dynamics, Springer;
  • Frei O., (2009) Occupying and connecting, Axel Menges;
  • Koolhaas R., (1995), The generic city, S,M,L,XL, The Monacelli Press, New York;
  • Le Corbusier, (1987), The city of tomorrow and its planning, Dover Publications;
  • Lydon, M. et all, (2012), Tactical Urbanism: Short - term Action, Long-term Change, Volume 2;
  • Lynch K., (1984), Site planning, MIT Press;
  • Marshal S., (2004), Streets and Patterns: The Structure of Urban Geometry, Taylor&Francis;
  • Naess P., (2005), Urban Structure Matters, Routledge;
  • Rowe C., Koetter F., (1983), Collage city, MIT Press;
  • Rossi A., (1982), Architecture of the city., MIT Press;

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
Preparation for Final Examination13030
Assignment / Homework/ Project14040
Seminar / Presentation12020
Total Workload: 146
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6