Transformations: Meeting Designers


Course Objective

After following this course, the aim is that you as a student:
1) have knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of space in
society, in
such a way that you are able to reflect on conceptual writings on the
re-use of
what is already there;
2) are able to critically analyse designs, strategies and interventions
places with heritage value on location.
3) are able to analyze and reflect on transformation proposals,
in terms of content, visualization methods and hidden meanings, in such
a way that you are able to formulate critical questions for designers on
their work;
4) are able to communicate (listening, interviewing, argumentation,
debating) with your peers and with designers explaining and advocating
their designs;
5) are able to reflect on your role as a cultural historian in spatial
design transformation processes, in such a way that you can choose a
role and communication strategy when collaborating with others that have
different professional background, such as architecture, engineering or
landscape architecture.

Course Content

Transformations: Meeting Designers brings together heritage and plans
for spatial transformations. By discussing and visiting heritage
transformations, students learn to understand how these processes take
shape, in all their spatial, cultural, economic and social aspects and
on different scales. Therewith, it offers an outlook on professional
practice. The course consists of lectures, excursions and a group
project. In the lectures and in the literature, Dutch as well as
international examples of reuse and transformation of heritage will be
analysed and discussed. To enhance understanding of these practices,
students will study a specific region or problem in groups with mixed
backgrounds (for example an urban transformation project). This will
result in a presentation of (design) solutions, including an
approach of heritage renewal. In order to develop their own perspective
on heritage in transformations, students are expected to write a
reflective essay.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, excursions, discussions, group assignments

Method of Assessment

Matching learning goals and assessments:
- Group assignment, weight: 10%, learning goals: 2, 3.
- Active participation in lectures, workshop and excursions, weight:
10%, learning goals: 2, 3, 4, 5.
- Contribution to a proposal on heritage transformation, weight: 30%,
learning goals: 1, 3, 4.
- Heritage in spatial transformations essay, weight: 50%, learning
goals: 1, 2, 5.

Target Audience

Master students in heritage studies (compulsory), architecture,
archaeology, geography, sustainability studies, urbanism, urban
planning, landscape history, landscape
design from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and other universities.

Additional Information

This module exists in the following studies: Master Heritage Studies and
Exchange programme courses.

General Information

Course Code L_AAMAERF009
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. L.R. Egberts
Examiner dr. L.R. Egberts
Teaching Staff dr. L.R. Egberts
dr. E.M. van Hellemondt
prof. dr. J. Renes
dr. T. Verlaan

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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