Architecture Urban Design

  • Experiment in urban design and architectural usability in city centers
  • Analyze architectural sites in Frankfurt using design elements
  • Courses offered in block style and meet daily in the morning and afternoons

The overarching theme of the summer school is an axis called “Eckenheimer Landstraße” which starts in the center of the city and runs through its different historical rings of centric development including the inner and outer Green Belt in Frankfurt. This axis connects the city center with the suburbs of Frankfurt called “Eckenheim” - a little medieval town which became, in the course of city growth, a modern district of Frankfurt.

During the summer school, students will explore this axis and understand how it works and feels for the citizens. The interpretation of urban spaces by different groups will be examined and elaborated on in terms of design and planning.

Students will analyze how people use, acquire, and move around in urban spaces with the following observations:

  • What kind of road networks, visual relationships and orientation axes are available?
  • Are there any anxious spaces and how can they be eliminated?
  • What kind of atmospheric situations are in the urban spaces?

Students will compare their findings with corresponding situations from their home countries. From this analysis, they will develop exemplary and speculative proposals for urban spaces. This could be in the form of redesigning spaces, or by modifying existing concepts that address both the spatial boarders as well as the appropriation of space, for example, through audience-oriented design elements and archetyps, change of route guidance, a site-specific public design or forms of media participation. The proposals have no limits.

Architecture Urban Design is an interdisciplinary course. Students and working professionals with academic backgrounds in architecture, urban design, design, landscape architecture, or city planning are all encouraged to apply. The course has open enrollment and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Maximum capacity for the course is 30 participants.

Students will earn a total of 4 ECTS points for the successful completion of the course. For students who need 6 ECTS points in order to transfer their course credits back to their home university, we offer an opportunity to acquire an additional 2 ECTS with our extended version. This means you will attend the summer school course, and after finishing the course and returning home, work on an extra assignment under online guidance of our course coordinator. The extra assignment will be given to you during the summer school and you have up to four weeks after the course ends to complete and hand in the assignment. 

Architecture Urban Design has a total of 57 in-class contact hours during the on-campus summer program. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25-30 hours of student workload, which includes class hours, readings, preparation for class activities, as well as assessment measures.

The program fee for Architecture Urban Design is €980. Students who register before April 15, 2020 benefit from a reduced fee of €780. Students who are currently enrolled at partner universities of Frankfurt UAS or the University of Art and Design Offenbach are eligible for the reduced program fee of €780 at any time before the application deadline on May 31, 2020. The program fee for the 6 ECTS extended version is €955 for students from partner universities and early registration, and €1.155 for students from non-partner universities after the early registration deadline.

What is included in the program fee?

  • 2 weeks of academic courses (4 ECTS points or 6 ECTS points)
  • Insurance covering illness, accidents, and personal liability
  • Local transportation within Frankfurt and Offenbach for the duration of the program
  • Opening and Closing Events


Apply now for Architecture Urban Design!

last updated on: 28.01.2020