Cancelled DCC Human Ways: 19C-21C Danish Architecture and Urban Design (S20)

Course content

This course is for students who would like to experience, study, and analyse contemporary Danish architecture and urban design first-hand. In this course, the city of Copenhagen is our primary classroom; with ‘walking tour lectures’, independent field studies, group seminars, and collegial debates being unfolded on-site, across a diversity of places within the metropolis. (All sites can be easily reached via public transport, and/or by bicycle and on foot.) In short, place-based interpretative studies and onsite analyses, along with vital course literature, are entwined to offer grounded ways of questioning and understanding essential qualities in person-environment relationships.


Via specific case studies, this two-week intensive summer course tackles such wider themes as urban history, urban regeneration, architectural transformation, human scale and the everyday, liveability, sustainability, climate adaptation, multi-modal transport, participatory urban design, playscapes and urban recreation.


In addition to the daily onsite course contents, one full day of the course is allocated to a chartered bus excursion and guided tour exploring diverse contemporary urban developments along the waterfronts of both Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden). The urban projects will be comparatively analysed with, amongst other things, a concentration on the interrelationships between private, public, and semi-public/private realms.



Primary themes: urban history and morphological developments; urban regeneration and transformation: inclusive urban places; participatory urban design; climate adaptation and resiliency; liveability; active urban places and playscapes

Day 1:
Lecture: Urban History of Copenhagen
Field Study: Blue Spaces: urban transformations along & in CPH inner harbour

Day 2
Lecture: Public Space Transformations; Human scale & life between buildings
Field Study: Public Space Transformations; Human scale & life between buildings

Day 3
Lecture: Top-down & Bottom-up Urban Design
Field Study: L.Q.C. & Place-based Tactical Urbanism

Day 4
Lecture: Landscape Urbanism & Climate Mitigation
Field Study: Coupling Rainwater & Recreation

Day 5
Lecture: Playscapes
Field Study: Playscapes & Health

Courtney D. Coyne-Jensen is an architect and urbanist, working with projects situated in the nexus of practice-teaching-research as a unity.  Currently, Sr. Lecturer and Program Head, and with an atelier based in CPH. Phenomenology, enaction, and co-creation underpin her multi-scalar praxis. Degrees include: PhD (KADK), M.Phil. (Cambridge Univ.), B.Arch. (DAAP). She has been the recipient of numerous grants, and publishes and exhibits internationally. She is also appointed External Examiner by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science for all higher artistic education programs in DK.


Primary themes: people, housing, and sustainability

Day 6
Lecture: Public Space – Public Life & Multi-modal Transportation; Transformations of the city of Copenhagen over time
Field Study: Enghave Plads & Metro Stations

Day 7
Lecture: Housing for People
Field Study: Housing and streetscapes

Day 8
Excursion: Exploring three new city districts

Day 9
Lecture: Architecture of Urban Recreation
Field Study: Architecture of Urban Recreation

Day 10
Lecture: Contrasts in the Urban Landscape; From large to small scale – from old to new architecture

Lars Gemzøe is an architect M.A.A. who has been working both in practice, teaching and making research. He has been an associate partner at Gehl Architects and a senior lecturer of Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen as well as teaching at DIS, Danish Institute for Study Abroad. He is an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen since 2005 and he has been teaching and lecturing at numerous universities and at conferences around the world.



Danish Culture Courses

‘walking tour lectures’, independent field studies, group seminars, and collegial debates being unfolded on-site.

The required course literature is provided in the Course Reader. The Reader will be sold at Publi@kom in room 11A-0-02 at KUA2. The required readings (general and specific) for each day are noted in each of  the Fact Sheets for the required walking-tour lectures and field studies.

A collection of pertinent books is available in the reference library. These books are only to be studied in the library, cf. list of books, which you can find in the Absalon room. The location is Saxo Knowledge Centre 13B, 2nd floor at KUA2. 

Regarding the overall course duration, please note that as a student enrolled in this course, you will be studying full-time during the course days of 01-10 July – that is with the weekend days of 04-05 July being included as required lecture and field study days (09:00-17:00). The last required teaching day is Friday 10 July, where upon Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July are to be used for finalising the logbook assignment and/or optional self-studies.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written take-home assignment, optional subject.
6-10 standard pages.

The primary assignment for the course is a critical and analytical logbook. It is a place-based daily learning tool and a daily learning practice that challenges students to couple emplaced and embodied ways of knowing with more traditional forms of scholarly literature citation; grounding theory in place. Every walking-tour lecture and field study entails one required logbook entry/page, and each entry must combine textual and visual analyses alike. The logbook as a whole is due in digital format at the end of the course, before 12:00 noon on Monday 13 July 2020.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 50
  • Excursions
  • 8
  • Field Work
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 70
  • Lectures
  • 33
  • English
  • 206