IUSD ASU Modules Description

Integrated Case Study

This module aims at expanding students’ understanding of the roles of professionals involved in the process of shaping cities. It aims at exploring new models of working to expand the scope and capabilities of architects, planners, engineers and other related professionals; Each year, a case study is selected which is complex and has diverse aspects to pave the way for the notion of integration. The main theme of this year is informal settlements development approaches in Egypt. The case study is in autumn 2014 ‘Istabl Antar’.

Integrated Case Study-Seminar

This module aims at assisting the students to acquire a critical understanding of the process and outcomes of integrated planning. It aims at sharpening the students’ ability in data processing and analysis of certain topics related to their integrated case study. Also, students get the chance to gain insights into the various and complex topics related to each case study context such as: governance, socio-economic environment, natural environment, and built environment.

Students’ work in progress – ICS 2014

Research Methodology

This module is designed to enable students to prepare and write scientific research, reports and proposals. In particular, this module aims to support students in their preparations for the master thesis colloquia. During the module, students will be able to identify stages of scientific research such as problem identification, identifying objectives, data collection, data analysis and hypothesis testing and verification of the objectives and the like. It also aims to familiarise students with different research approaches both quantitative and qualitative, in addition to the methods of data collection and preparation of questionnaires.

Upgrading Slums and Informal Areas

This module introduces non-traditional concepts and approaches to dealing with informal settlements. It provides a methodology for classifying informal settlements and their typologies. It discusses how to analyze the growth of a informal settlements, and suggests ways of dealing with this it as an attempt to control unplanned growth. The course reviews techniques and advantages of upgrading. It discusses the role of public policy and its impact on housing and governmental and non-governmental interventions that have been made in the recent years to help deal with informal settlements.

Urban and Regional Planning

This module provides an advanced understanding of the spatial, economic, social, political and physical factors that shape urban regions. The module addresses fundamental lines of inquiry such as: How do planners map the complex systems (such as human settlements, economic development, natural environment, transportation and infrastructure) on urban and regional scale?
In this module, students are highly encouraged to use innovative and non-conventional mapping techniques and approaches that would also match the conditions of local contexts. The module is offered in an intense workshop format. The case study of this year will be ‘Mohammadia’ district in Tunis, Tunisia.
non-renewable energy sources and the use of solar energy in architecture.

Climate and Design

This module reviews the different techniques of energy conservation on the urban and architectural levels. Energy efficiency is thought to be a principle of a sustainable, environmentally friendly and climate responsive architectural and urban planning praxis and it will be reviewed especially in the context of the MENA region.

The course looks at the combined role of architecture and urban planning in conserving energy in addition to the identification of renewable and non-renewable energy sources and the use of solar energy in architecture.

Selected Topics on Urbanism

The course tries to analyse the relationship between social factors, the composition of the society, its power structure, the political and economical systems and their impacts on urbanism in terms of urban and regional planning strategies and urban design as well as the physical spatial impacts, within the MENA and European cities and human settlements. The course intends to stir the discussion relaying on the different orgins of the students, aiming to establish several comparative analysis cases within the MENA and Europe.

For further details, please check the Course Handbook

For IUSD Regulation & Modules, please check IUSD-ASU Academic Bylaws

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ASU Modules


IUSD ASU Modules Description

Integrated Case Study

This module aims at expanding students’ understanding of the roles of professionals involved in the process of shaping cities. It aims at exploring new models of working to expand the scope and capabilities of architects, planners, engineers and other related professionals; Each year, a case study is selected which is complex and has diverse aspects to pave the way for the notion of integration. The main theme of this year is informal settlements development approaches in Egypt. The case study is in autumn 2014 ‘Istabl Antar’.

Integrated Case Study-Seminar

This module aims at assisting the students to acquire a critical understanding of the process and outcomes of integrated planning. It aims at sharpening the students’ ability in data processing and analysis of certain topics related to their integrated case study. Also, students get the chance to gain insights into the various and complex topics related to each case study context such as: governance, socio-economic environment, natural environment, and built environment.

Students’ work in progress – ICS 2014

Research Methodology

This module is designed to enable students to prepare and write scientific research, reports and proposals. In particular, this module aims to support students in their preparations for the master thesis colloquia. During the module, students will be able to identify stages of scientific research such as problem identification, identifying objectives, data collection, data analysis and hypothesis testing and verification of the objectives and the like. It also aims to familiarise students with different research approaches both quantitative and qualitative, in addition to the methods of data collection and preparation of questionnaires.

Upgrading Slums and Informal Areas

This module introduces non-traditional concepts and approaches to dealing with informal settlements. It provides a methodology for classifying informal settlements and their typologies. It discusses how to analyze the growth of a informal settlements, and suggests ways of dealing with this it as an attempt to control unplanned growth. The course reviews techniques and advantages of upgrading. It discusses the role of public policy and its impact on housing and governmental and non-governmental interventions that have been made in the recent years to help deal with informal settlements.

Urban and Regional Planning

This module provides an advanced understanding of the spatial, economic, social, political and physical factors that shape urban regions. The module addresses fundamental lines of inquiry such as: How do planners map the complex systems (such as human settlements, economic development, natural environment, transportation and infrastructure) on urban and regional scale?
In this module, students are highly encouraged to use innovative and non-conventional mapping techniques and approaches that would also match the conditions of local contexts. The module is offered in an intense workshop format. The case study of this year will be ‘Mohammadia’ district in Tunis, Tunisia.
non-renewable energy sources and the use of solar energy in architecture.

Climate and Design

This module reviews the different techniques of energy conservation on the urban and architectural levels. Energy efficiency is thought to be a principle of a sustainable, environmentally friendly and climate responsive architectural and urban planning praxis and it will be reviewed especially in the context of the MENA region.

The course looks at the combined role of architecture and urban planning in conserving energy in addition to the identification of renewable and non-renewable energy sources and the use of solar energy in architecture.

Selected Topics on Urbanism

The course tries to analyse the relationship between social factors, the composition of the society, its power structure, the political and economical systems and their impacts on urbanism in terms of urban and regional planning strategies and urban design as well as the physical spatial impacts, within the MENA and European cities and human settlements. The course intends to stir the discussion relaying on the different orgins of the students, aiming to establish several comparative analysis cases within the MENA and Europe.

For further details, please check the Course Handbook

For IUSD Regulation & Modules, please check IUSD-ASU Academic Bylaws

Link: Click here to read

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