The Chair of Urban Design focuses on transformations in the existing urban area. The main subject is the design of public space in relation to infrastructure, urban objects and urban greenery. The design moves ‘across the scales’; the design of specific urban projects is concerned with the new position and the significance in the context of the greater whole, the attachment to the urban network of public spaces and the design, layout and ‘constructability’ of the public area in the project itself. Urban design is nearly always concerned with redesign, i.e. renovation of an existing situation: revitalisation, intensification, multiple use of space. The existing situation often has been redesigned itself on numerous occasions and comprises various ‘historical layers’ in which traditions are of importance.
Analysis of the historical stratification is important for exposing spatial structures and form types that still have significance for the city’s use and identity today. Morphologicaland typological research therefore has an important place in the Urban Design Chair, combined with research into a location’s current significance and morphological and typological characteristics. Owing to the emphasis on form and significance, there is close cooperation with other design disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, civil-engineering) and cultural studies (history of art and architecture). Urbanists can be deployed in various locations, thanks to their familiarity with design ‘across the scales’, both at the level of specific urban planning projects, as well as at the level of development planning for the city as a whole or an urban district.