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The architecture of knowledge for educations in Urban Planning and Design
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Spatial analysis and Design (SAD))
2010 (English)In: Journal of Space Syntax, ISSN 2044-7507, Vol. 1, no 1, 214-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The professional fields of urban planning and design are today facing challenges earlier unimagined. This call for a deeper understanding of the knowledge base of these professions, both when it comes to their central knowledge objects and their inherent knowledge process. Taking the development of a new master's course in urban planning and design at KTH in Stockholm as a point of departure, this article tries to do this by, on the one hand, extending on Bill Hillier's concept “the common language of space” as an intermediate between different professions in the field, and, on the other, design as a common work process for these professions. As also outlined by Hillier, this process is characterised by bringing together different forms of knowledge, such as generative and analytic knowledge, to which is added discursive knowledge. Taken together, it is proposed that they, both for practice and research, form the architecture of knowledge for the field.

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2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 214-229 p.
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design theory, epistemology, spatial planning, urban design, urban space, urban form
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-53091OAI: diva2:468892
QC 20111222Available from: 2011-12-21 Created: 2011-12-21 Last updated: 2011-12-22Bibliographically approved

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