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UP-4 Urban Structures

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Landscape Design and Planning
4th Year, sem 1, 2019-2020 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 2
Urban and Landscape Design
Course Leader:
prof.dr.arh. Alexandru M. Sandu
Learning outcomes:

The course aims to train students into having their own coherent thinking, in order to develop their capacity of interdisciplinary approach in urban planning, and to understand the city as a complex urban and functional-configurative organism, by clarifying both terminological and methodological problems; also, the course will develop students’ ability to compose logically deducted analytical and synthetic conclusions regarding phenomena and specific working methods.


Proximity, precondition of spatial existence;
Cities as systems of activities;
Urban functionality;
Urban morphology and urban syntax;
Spatial system components’ arrangement
Spatial distribution of spatial system components;
Urban integration;
Limits in urban structure;
A new model for studying the urban organism;
Urban layout scheme
Urban restructuring.

Teaching Method:

Lectures, comments on explanatory schemes, problem debate, case studies.


50% - tests during the semester + 50% - final exam (comprising of one question that will be answered in writing). Requirements for passing the exam: minimum 5 average final grade, with minimum 5 at the final exam. Although the cumulated value of the essays is part of the average final grade, these are not compulsory.**


1. Al. Sandu: Urban Structures – Course (chapter III), Ed. U.A.U.I.M., Bucuresti – 1992
2. Al. Sandu: The Kernel that Makes it Grow...., Ed. Arhitext, Bucuresti – 2007
3. Al. Sandu: Articles in Arhitext Magazine (nr. 9-10/2006, 4/2008, 1 si 5/2001, 2 si 6/2012)
4. Al. Sandu: Articles in Arhitectura Magazine (4/1973, 4/1975, 3/1976, 6/1977)
5. Toledo Delcaration on Urban Develpoment – EU document, 2010,
Additional recommended biblioghraphy
6. Solomon Marcus, Centru si periferie, in secolul 20 spre 21, pp 50-62 - 2000
7. Roland Barthes, La centralité vide , Ed. Archives d'Architecture Moderne, pp 423-425 - 2000
8. Manuel Gausa: Open. Espacio Tiempo Información, Ed. Actar, Barcelona – 2013
9. Urbanismul Magazine nr. 2/2015; presentation adn comments regarding doctoral disertations - Mihai Alexandru and Catalina Ionita, nr. 11/2012 - Regionalizare, nr. 4/2010 - Poli de crestere

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