Department of Urban Design

Urbanism and planning (construction of towns and cities) must be understood as a strong architectural discipline that is linked to both architecture and spatial planning. Current topics of urban design and planning include: the way of life in cities and in the country, the formation and structuring of the public space as a construction, and the architect’s expertise throughout the whole process of development, transformation and protection of towns and cities and their parts. The instruction at the Department of Urban Design and Planning uses the “process” method, i.e. it copies the process of acquainting oneself with the subject of interest along the lines of “What is it? – Why is it? – What should it be like? – How to get there?”.

Department of Urban Design provides the teaching of three subjects in bachelor studies, four subjects in master’s studies and one subject in doctorate studies:

  • subject U1 (typology of environment) is about the ability to professionally grasp the environment of settlements and to learn the “language” of architect/urbanists,
  • subject U2 (development) is conceived as a presentation of the development of settlements and their forms,
  • subject U3 (theory) teaches comprehension of the relations between the causes and effects of the development of societies, cities and towns,
  • subject U4 (design) leads students through the process of the implementation of ideas and their projection into structures of matter, space and events,
  • subject U5 (groups of buildings) is the place to thoroughly learn about typology and relations in relative homogeneous wholes,
  • subject U6 (tendency) is conceived as an opening of current themes and teaching the ability to grasp them,
  • subject U7 (processes) introduces students to the world of real relationships when building towns and their parts.

The department includes four design studios, which work on architectural and urbanistic themes in all scales of the built environment, from a neighbourhood and a detail of a public space to large planning conceptions. Apart from education, the institute also arranges intensive scientific and research activities and the training of doctoral candidates in them. “Doc-clubs” take place every fourteen days, at which the doctoral candidates present their current results of the work and discuss important themes.

Since 2015, the department has been working on extensive research projects, e.g. in the area of the methodology of assigning land-use plans or the urbanistic context of care for protected heritage sections of cities. Of course, the institute’s work includes projects as part of student grant competitions and student scientific conferences. Since 2010, the City Development workshop has been underway under the management of the Institute of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture – a series of lectures and exercises of practical applications of basic skills necessary for the preparation, conception and coordination of the development of cities and stabilised urban structures. Each year, the Institute of Urbanism organises a work and programme conference, Inventory of Urbanism, on current themes in the area of urbanism, planning, designing and building settlements.


Conference Inventory of Urban Design 2017 entitled Who actually controls it? or Relationship and discord of politics and architecture took place on 29 November 2017.
Student Scientific Conference Art in the Context of Public Space (Petra Vlachynská, Veronika Kastlová, Veronika Vicherková), guest was Kurt Gebauer.
Workshop An Urban Project (Jiří Klokočka, Jana Zdráhalová, Radek Kolařík, Lada Kolaříková), photography by Giuseppe Cina.

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