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 3 126 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Erna Husukic Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course will enable students to see, describe and understand the complex historical, cultural and social conditions of the different layers of the city. It will put in focus major episodes in the design and building of the city, examining the ways in which city-builders attempted to shape and arrange buildings according to ideal views of what the city should be and how it should function. At the same time, the course will examine the ways in which these episodes emerged out of and responded to the pre-existing layers of the city. The purpose is to combine historical research with creative approaches to the environment and its meanings. The course will allow students to develop familiarity with the architectural history, while also using that knowledge to think about the urban environment in new ways.

• develop the ability to view all processes in the city as a complex tissue
• introducing methods of describing and reflecting upon architecture and built urban spaces
• develop the ability to work in the regime of high autonomy and cooperating with others
• Develop capacity to apply knowledge in the study and practice
• Enable students to understand the need for multidisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of urban transformation
• Provide students with ongoing opportunities to reach innovative design solutions by hypothesizing, experimenting, and learning from both good and bad examples

  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 case study projects
  3. Development of the possible intervention strategies. Exploration of case study projects
  4. Evaluation of possible research topics. Exploration of 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 (%)
Midterm Exam(s)30
Class Deliverables20
Final Exam150
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the form, function and style categories in the city formation
  • Respond to complex approaches to urban history and architecture
  • Respond to an understanding architecture and urban space not only in its aesthetic value, but also in its political, social and cultural context
  • Demonstrate an ability to reach innovative design solutions by iteratively proposing ideas, receiving feedback, incorporating feedback and learning from failed proposals; with the scope of bringing to a successful outcome of a project
  • Critically analyze current practice in architectural design and urban planning

    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 / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 126
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5