UP-133 The Dynamics of Urban Periphery

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urban Management for Competitive Cities
1st Year, sem 1, 2021-2022 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 4
Urban and Landscape Design
Course Leader:
prof.dr.arh. Angelica Stan
Learning outcomes:

The course leads to understanding the city form in its current dynamics, by identifying the complex issue of urban periphery in relation to morphological context of the territory. Outskirts of the city are seen as place where the urban movement forward is visible making possible the dialogue / dispute at the wide spatial-territorial system. The course also aims to develop a personalized vision of urban space peripheral perception, regarded as a complex process, highlighted by many facets of the urban limit - missed / hidden / found and possibly reinvented.


1. introduction: urban periphery -city - space system- territory
2. the urban periphery definition
3. peripheral urban growth in the context of the city extension
4. the role of limit concept in urban periphery
5. actual periphery as moving limit
6. historical and typological evolution of major cities outskirts
7. analysis of relations with periphery elements of urban structure
8. formation and transformation factors in urban peripheries
10. urban periphery as a sub-system of the territorial system
11. periphery position in relation to the suburban areas
12. urban periphery as eco-ton
13. urban periphery as landscape
14. "the city periphery" alternative: re-identifying

Teaching Method:

lectures with video presentation, open discussions
Practical work during the course


Practical work (20%), Individual work (20%), Exam (60%)


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