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History of Architecture and Town planning

Programma

  • 1 jaar

    Starting with the European city, this Master's track provides students with the expertise and critical attitude to study both historical and contemporary tendencies in today's global setting. Historians, environmental scientists, architects, urban planners, medical professionals and policy makers may benefit from the courses offered in this track.

    The Master has two distinct components. The first semester is organized around a number of courses that foster the intense cooperation between students (historians, architects, environmental scientists, etc.) and staff. The second semester urges the students to develop their personal skills, culminating in individual research projects. Here the personal preferences, skills and ambitions of the students are embedded in a custom made programme that includes interaction with a range of different institutions (architectural firms, urban planning boards, healthcare institutions, etc.).

    Starting with the European city, this Master's track provides students with the expertise and critical attitude to study both historical and contemporary tendencies in today's global setting. Historians, environmental scientists, architects, urban planners, medical professionals and policy makers may benefit from the courses offered in this track.

    The Master's track has two distinct components. The first semester is organized around a number of courses that foster the intense cooperation between students (historians, architects, environmental scientists, etc.) and staff. The second semester urges the students to develop their personal skills, culminating in individual research projects. Here the personal preferences, skills and ambitions of the students are embedded in a custom made programme that includes interaction with a range of different institutions (architectural firms, urban planning boards, healthcare institutions, etc.).

Programma-opties

  • History of Architecture and Town planning (track)

    The Master's track confronts architectural and urban history and theory of the European city, focusing on the period after 1750, with contemporary urban tendencies at the global scale.

    This results in a critical international perspective and the capacity to combine the body of knowledge of various disciplines within an overall historical framework.

  • Master's Honours Programme (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

  • Master's placement (specialisatie)

    During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

    It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Architectural History: Origins of the Healthy City (10 EC)
Architect. History: Research & Excursion (10 EC)
Architectural History: Global Tendencies vs. Local Identities (5 EC)
Architectural History.: Typological Repertory (5 EC)
Architectural History: Internship / individual (research) project (10 EC)
Master Thesis Architectural History (20 EC)

'Origins of the Healthy City' examines the relation between healthy cities and urban policies. In 'Research Laboratory and Excursion' students will do research into a specific European city (Prague, Berlin) and present this during an excursion. 'Global Tendencies vs. Local Identities' studies the effects on city design, and the tension between global trends and local identities. 'Typological Exercises' presents a critical overview of thoughts on function (type) and thoughts on form and style.

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-arts-and-culture

'Origins of the Healthy City' examines the relation between healthy cities and urban policies. In 'Research Laboratory and Excursion' students will do research into a specific European city (Prague, Berlin) and present this during an excursion. 'Global Tendencies vs. Local Identities' studies the effects on city design, and the tension between global trends and local identities. 'Typological Exercises' presents a critical overview of thoughts on function (type) and thoughts on form and style.

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-arts-and-culture

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen

Students are encouraged to spend at least one half semester abroad to complement their personal curriculum; especially the 2d semester offers ample opportunities to opt for study, research or internship at a foreign university or institution, thanks to our international network en exchange contracts (Germany, Belgium, Colombia, Poland, Hongaria etc). Recently we started working together with International New Town Institute, offering our students exchange projects in China and Kenia.

Waarom in Groningen?

The course positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe) as intimately linked with trends and tendencies at the global scale. The input of the Thomassen a Thuessink Chair results in a clear focus on the health effects of the built environment and the phenomena summarized in the healthy cities concept (ranging from yesterday's hygienic measures to tomorrows urban guerilla gardening campaigns)

  • In Groningen, the history and theory of architecture and urbanism is taught within the context of social, economic, cultural and philosophical phenomena and geared towards active participation of the students in the discourse on global urban tendencies. Embedded in a classical art historical context, this so-called 'Groningen school' expands the envelope of it scientific explorations and targets planners and policy makers as well as historians and art historians.
  • Past, present and future are seen as a continuum, the historian's expertise and research tools as constituting a methodology that is applicable throughout this continuum, its essence being the conviction that man-made changes should always be attributed to those responsible for them.
  • Groningen University promotes cooperation with universities and institutions in the Netherlands and abroad: Delft University of Technology, Gent University of Technology, Berlin University of Technology, ETH Zürich, Erasmus University Rotterdam, International New Town Institute and others.
  • The Master offers possibilities for students to take part of the courses at other universities
  • The city of Groningen is well-known for being the liveliest student city in the Netherlands, with an ever-growing international student population.

The course positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe) as intimately linked with trends and tendencies at the global scale. The input of the Thomassen a Thuessink Chair results in a clear focus on the health effects of the built environment and the phenomena summarized in the healthy cities concept (ranging from yesterday's hygienic measures to tomorrows urban guerilla gardening campaigns)

  • In Groningen, the history and theory of architecture and urbanism is taught within the context of social, economic, cultural and philosophical phenomena and geared towards active participation of the students in the discourse on global urban tendencies. Embedded in a classical art historical context, this so-called 'Groningen school' expands the envelope of it scientific explorations and targets planners and policy makers as well as historians and art historians.
  • Past, present and future are seen as a continuum, the historian's expertise and research tools as constituting a methodology that is applicable throughout this continuum, its essence being the conviction that man-made changes should always be attributed to those responsible for them.
  • Groningen University promotes cooperation with universities and institutions in the Netherlands and abroad: Delft University of Technology, Gent University of Technology, Berlin University of Technology, ETH Zürich, Erasmus University Rotterdam, International New Town Institute and others.
  • The Master's track offers possibilities for students to take part of the courses at other universities
  • The city of Groningen is well-known for being the liveliest student city in the Netherlands, with an ever-growing international student population.

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

  • Testimonial van Student Pauline Bezemer

    Informal urban realities interest me

    The choice for this particular Master's track was easy. The diversity of the topics and the city itself, both offer a wide and interesting field of research. The University of Groningen furthermore is the only programme that offers a special research topic: the Healthy City.

    My primary interest concerns the contemporary urban condition of non-western cities, now focussed on Sub-Sahara Africa, researched from an historical and health-related perspective. It is in these regions that the global city seems to be most visible, where urban policies meet dramatic demographic growth and a continuous friction between the formal and non-formal dimensions of the urban phenomenon.
    Informal urban realities interest me. As when official planning strategies are only partly implemented, how does urban space develop, who uses it and why is this space as it is? In Nairobi I have researched this topic. A unique and inspiring experience!
    The diverse modules in the master, have allowed me to work on my research and presentation skills and gain a better knowledge of research methods in general. As well as getting more acquainted with the phenomenon of the global city.
    Next to my studies, my job as student-assistant allows me to work with international students working in the field of architecture and town planning. Groningen has a large community of (inter)national students, offering plenty of interesting contacts.

     

     

     

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    – Student Pauline Bezemer
  • Testimonial van Felipe Amaral (24) and Matheus Assumpção (19)

    It brings different types of students of educational, cultural backgrounds and research interests together

    We had the opportunity to take “The Origins of the Healthy City” course in the first semester of 2013. The course may be a small part of the programme itself, but through it is possible to visualize its overall approach and intentions.

    It brings different types of students of educational, cultural backgrounds and research interests together. The lecture conduction is definitely remarkable; after the first lectures, the course turned into extremely productive and informative platform for the students, providing theories to comprehend the historical development of the City/Health relationship, and its mechanisms and phenomena throughout the times. Another highlight is the collective development of the Atlas, the conclusion assignment, which encourages the dialogue and interaction among the participants (Architects/ Urbanists ↔ Engineers ↔ Architectural Historians) in order to obtain a well conceptualized document which offers not only a diagnosis of the present, but the possibility to discuss new “Healthy Cities” paradigms within an institutional approach and bottom-up/community initiatives; instigating the student to rethink our global society's development pattern.

    Felipe Amaral (24)

    Brazilian Exchange Student – Environmental Engineering Bachelor (final year) in Brazil and Urban Planning Design in the Netherlands. City: Rio de Janeiro.

    Matheus Assumpção (19)

    Brazilian Exchange Student – Environmental Engineering Bachelor (3rd year) in Brazil and Urban Planning Design in the Netherlands. City: Belém.

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    – Felipe Amaral (24) and Matheus Assumpção (19)
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  • Testimonial van Alumnus Maarten Groenbroek

    Project Officer at Platform GRAS

    I am fascinated by cities and urban development. During a city trip to Paris, I made the decision to actually do something with my fascination. The links between people, buildings and the complexity of infrastructure like the city's metro network intrigued me enormously. That's really why I started a Master's track in History of Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Groningen.

    During my studies I did a placement at AIR architecture centre in Rotterdam. I worked on a project in which I used timelines to chart a number of locations in the centre of Rotterdam. With the help of archives I searched for stories and illustrations, and one of the things I was able to show was why there are still empty spaces in the middle of Rotterdam without any plans for them.

    I completed my degree in Prague, where I wrote my Master's thesis on 'The development and preservation of nineteenth-century neighbourhoods in post-Communist Prague'. I researched how actors such as property developers, designers, architects, officials and citizens influence the preservation of the historical fabric of the city, the city's typology and the importance of historical buildings and monuments during the design and construction of new complexes in and around the nineteenth-century neighbourhoods of Prague.

    I am currently working as a volunteer for Platform GRAS, the architecture and urban planning platform here in Groningen. I am organizing events such as the Architecture Day and Open Monument Day. I also write texts for the Big Groningen Building Questionnaire. I'm really enjoying it and would love to keep working here. I would also like to do something with urban development or architecture with a municipality or province.

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    – Alumnus Maarten Groenbroek
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