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Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems Master Information
2. Semester
Major Courses
Major in Spatial and Landscape Development
103-0428-02LDesigning and Presenting Arguments in Spacial Planning Information
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GM. Nollert, M. Heller
AbstractDesigning and presenting arguments are two essential components of acting in spatial planning. Spatial design as instrument for investigating and testing of possible solutions and options of action or, in addition, for finding central questions. Arguing, in order to be able to communicate suggested decisions or actions inside the planning process and to win relevant actors over those.
ObjectiveGoal of the lecture is to obtain the basic knowledge of designing and presenting argumentations in spatial planning. With reference on a practical case study the basic knowledge of both disciplines is imparted. In particular, the typical characteristics of both and the connections between arguing and designing in spatial planning are worked out.
In terms of arguing the students should be enabled to substantiate their decisions with different techniques, in order to compile clearly understandable and convincing argumentations and successfully communicate them. This includes beside an adequate handling of different kinds of information coding (like texts, pictures and numbers), also dealing with uncertainties, which is a typical asset of the argumentation in spatial planning.
In terms of spatial design, the understanding of this specific and unconventional instrument is to be provided and to be trained on the basis of different cases. Beside the development of an „intuition/sensibility“ for designing in spatial planning and the ability to handle different scales (from national contexts down to the proofing of the principal possibilities for development on the scale of architectural design), the discernment of decisive criteria for the possible employment and the application of spatial design is also to be trained.
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture can be found on the homepage of the chair for Spatial Planning and Development
Prerequisites / NoticeSpatial Planning Design

Spatial Planning Design is used as a tool for exploration and testing. Overall goal is the obtainment of basic knowledge for general recommendations and specific strategies in the case of difficult and unclear tasks. However, it is not intended to create drafts for direct implementation in reality.

Even if current problems and questions occuring in the dimension of spatial planning might show some correlation, the spaces themselves, the diversity of urban patterns and interests widely differ. This is particularly the case in highly developed Europe. As soon as conventional solutions and standards fail in the case of difficult and vast questions, modern spatial planning operates by using the method of designing.

In contrast to the method of designing on the basis of a given programme, which is common in the fields of urban design and architecture, spatial planning is generally operating with comprehensive and open terms of reference. Thus, in order to achieve safe results, spatial planning uses all imaginable scopes and freedoms of research.

Not every case and every problem in spatial planning cause an examination by using the method of designing. In frequent cases difficulties not only arise in identifying the right scale of design but rather in selecting the appropriate informal procedures. Furthermore, scales are not necessarily the same as they are typically used in regional- and urban planning. The verification of the general ability to develop an area in the scale of architecture is possible as well.
103-0568-01LRegional Aspects of Spatial DevelopmentW1 credit1GS. Wilske
AbstractSpatially relevant projects are realised with multi-stage planning and decision making procedures. These procedures always have to deal with regional and local aspects as well as subject-specific and interdisciplinary aspects. Typically at the overlaps of these aspects problems occur. These will be shown using examples of real planning procedures and possible solutions will be discussed.
ObjectiveThe lecture offers an insight into the interface problems that have to be solved on the multiple stages of planning processes, starting with early ideas and leading to approval procedures at the end. Also possible solutions are discussed. The lecture focuses on interdisciplanyrey and supralocal examples on the regional level. The lecture offers an insight on typical situations and typical reactions of the actors (e.g. overloading early planning stages with detalied informations, blokades caused by sectoral veto positions, misunderstandings on the subjects and normative contents of planning instruments). Real planning processes in the fields of infastructual development, settlement development, landscape development and renewable energies are used to discuss which planning methods are suitable to deal with these typical situations and reactions. This also offers insights on the implementation of spatial planning methods in real planning processes.
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.
051-0364-00LHistory of Urban Design II Information
Expiring study program according to BSc 2011 regulations.
W2 credits2VA. Gerber
AbstractThe lecture covers the time from the beginning of urban culture until the mid 19th century. With selected examples, it emphasizes on the historical plannings and methods of European and North American cities. Especially the immense urban changes of the 19th century are presented along with their impacts on the developments until the interwar period.
ObjectiveThe lecture course concerns itself mainly with the definition of town planning as an independent discipline, in its relation to other disciplines that are concerned with the transformation of the city. This topic is presented upon the history of the city – understood widely as “urban landscape” – with the complex network of human and non-human actors whom it encompasses. Urban planning understood as “Kulturtechnik” (sultural technique) implies a consideration of its disciplinary limits. These are related to the scale and complexity of the urban dimension. Consequently, the “heroic history” of town planning is put in question
ContentThe immense urban changes of the 19th century are presented along with their impacts on the developments until the interwar period.

22.02. The english landscape garden as political space

01.03. Industrial revolution: hygiene and social utopias

08.03. The architect strikes back 1: architectural utopias

15.03. The architect strikes back 2: the recapture of town planning

29.03. "Bureaucratic" urbanism in France, Germany and England

12.04. Colonial urbanism

19.04. Civilized wilderness and City Beautiful: from Frederick Law Olmsteds park movement to the urban planning of Daniel H. Burnham

26.04. Skyscrapers as urban elements

03.05. From Siedlung to “Siedlung”

17.05. Le Corbusier: Theories, Visions and clear cuts in the name of the autorité
Lecture notesA PDF will be available on the homepage of the chair before every lecture. These documents together will form the script for the semester. The script serves as an auxiliary means to the attended lecture compiling the most important illustrations presented as well as the names and dates of the buildings and its builders along with a short introductory note.
LiteratureFurther recommended literature to consult is listet within the script.
Prerequisites / NoticeUrban architecture from antiquity till the 19th century
103-0458-00LEconomical Land Use
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GR. Nebel
AbstractThe lecture demonstrates current trends of land use, arguments for an economical handling of land and instruments as well as procedures to implement economical land use in practice. This is considered on different planning levels, especially on the regional level. The main focus is the introduction of a comprehensive settlement management in the light of current trends of land use.
ObjectiveStudents learn to understand backgrounds, basic principles, goals and approaches of appropriate and economical use of land as a scarce resource. They are able to summarise in a comprehensible way the core arguments for redevelopment before new development. Furthermore, students can illustrate how to implement economical land use in a differentiated and customised manner.
Content- settlement development and land use: facts, trends, causes and consequences
- redevelopment before new development: basic principles and strategic goals
- overviews of existing land reserves
- formal and informal instruments and procedures
- comprehensive settlement management: implementation on municipal, regional and national level
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture are available on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeEligible only for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturer is required.
103-0448-00LSpatial and Infrastructural Development
Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GB. Scholl
AbstractThe lecture course addresses and by practical examples demonstrates advanced aspects of integrated spatial and infrastructure development, distinguished for a variety of infrastructures.
ObjectiveThe lecture continues the lecture “Sustainable Spatial Development I”. The lecture demonstrates aspects of integrated infrastructure and spatial development. The lecture concentrates on the technical infrastructures and their specific technical requirements and their impacts on the spatial development. The main focus is to demonstrate the impacts of a development strategy that is based on the requirements of these sometimes contradicting requirements. The aim is to demonstrate possibilities and chances of integrated development strategies.
Content- Basics of infrastructure development
- Strategies for integrated infrastructure and spatial development
- Capacity and dimensioning
- Streets
- Public transport
- Spatial and railway development
- Spatial and airport development
- Spatial, energy and communication infrastructure development
- Spatial and waters development
Lecture notesThe documents for the lecture can be found on the homepage of the chair for Spatial Development:
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for masters students, otherwise a special permit of the lecturer is necessary.
103-0326-01LSite ManagementW2 credits2GC. Abegg
AbstractSite competition, site options and land-use management
Site Management and city-marketing
Objective- To identify, in theoretical and practical terms, the procedures and factors, which determine the spatial development of an area
- To understand regional development proceses in a local as well as an international context.
- To interpret responses by private and public stakeholders to challenges of the development and the management of locations and regions.
Content- Standortwettbewerb, Standortwahl und Bodennutzung
- Standortpolitik, Standortmanagement udn Städtemarketing
- Massnahmen im Wettbewerb um mobile Produktionsverfahren
Lecture notesAll relevant documents will be accessible on the webpage of PLUS:
Prerequisites / NoticeAdditional information on mode of examination:
No calculators allowed
103-0239-00LPlanning Information Systems Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 16.

Only for MSc Students or special approval by the lecturer.
W3 credits2GH. Elgendy
AbstractParticipants in the lecture "planning information systems" shall get the fundamental basics for the development of planning information systems (PIS) in the spatial planning. Through case studies about the application of PIS in different spatial planning situations they shall get an idea about the possibilities of the application of these systems.
ObjectiveStudents should be able to use "Planning Information Systems" in the planning practice, and to learn how to plan, design and formulate the requirements for such systems. In this course you will get the methodical and technical skills for the planning and implementation of such information systems.
Content"Planerische Informationssysteme" ermöglichen die Organisation, Verarbeitung und Kommunikation von Information unterschiedlichster Art (Karten, Entwürfe, Texte, etc.). Sie unterstützen die vielfältigen beteiligten Akteure dabei gemeinsam und ortsunabhängig Lösungen für komplexe planerische Aufgaben zu entwickeln.

Die Inhalte der Vorlesung sind an den Anforderungen an "Planerische Informationssystem" aufgrund der Besonderheiten von komplexen Planungsaufgaben, sowie auf die technischen Fertigkeiten zum Aufbau des Tools, ausgerichtet.
- Anforderungen und Aufbau "Planerische Informationssysteme"
- Design- & Usability-Anforderungen solcher Informationssysteme
- Erstellung von Webseiten mit HTML & CSS
- Entwicklung dynamischer Webseiten
- Skriptsprache JavaScript
- Datenbank-Design und -Anbindung
- "Planerische Informationssysteme" in der Praxis

Neben den Vorlesungsteilen erlernen die Studierenden in der eigenen Anwendung mit praktischen Übungen die Grundzüge der Webtechniken HTML, CSS & JavaScript.
Als Teil der Semesterleistung erarbeiten die Studierenden ein eigenes "Planerisches Informationssystem".
Die Vorstellung von in der Praxis umgesetzten Beispielen verdeutlichen die vielfältigen Anwendungsbereiche.
Der Dozent hat an der Universität Karlsruhe und der ETH Zürich entscheidend an der Entwicklung "Planerischer Informationssysteme" mitgearbeitet und wendet diese seit geraumer Zeit im eigenen Büro im Planungsalltag praktisch an.
Lecture notes
LiteratureDevelopment and Implementation of Planning Information Systems in collaborative spatial planning processes, H. Elgendy, Karlsruhe 2003
Prerequisites / NoticeEvery lecture includes a practical exercise on the computer.
Maximum 16 participants
851-0702-01LPublic Construction Law
Particularly suitable for students of D-BAUG
W2 credits2VO. Bucher
AbstractStudents will be introduced to the basic principles of planning and public construction legislation (development application procedures) as well as to the basics of public procurement law.
ObjectiveStudents shall have an understanding for the basic principles of planning and public construction legislation (incl. environmental law, development application procedures) as well as for the basics of public procurement law.
ContentTopics of this unit are: 1. Fundamentals of planning and public construction legislation (development, constitutional and legal foundation, basic principles and aims of spatial planning), 2. Federal, cantonal and communal planning legislation, 3. Public construction law (accessibility, zoning, construction and land use regulations [incl. environmental, water, heritage and energy use law], 4. Development application proceedings (obtaining development consent, appeal proceedings), 5. Basics of public procurement law
Lecture notesALAIN GRIFFEL, Raumplanungs- und Baurecht - in a nutshell, Dike Verlag, 3. A., Zürich 2017

CLAUDIA SCHNEIDER HEUSI, Vergaberecht - in a nutshell, Dike Verlag, Zürich 2013

Die Vorlesung basiert auf diesen Lehrmitteln.
LiteraturePETER HÄNNI, Planungs-, Bau- und besonderes Umweltschutzrecht, 6. A., Bern 2016

WALTER HALLER/PETER KARLEN, Raumplanungs-, Bau- und Umweltrecht, Bd. I, 3. A., Zürich 1999
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzungen: Vorlesung Rechtslehre GZ (851-0703-00/01)
103-0318-02LGIS-Based 3D Landscape Visualization Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Please send an email to the lecturer to make sure that places are still available.
W3 credits2GU. Wissen Hayek
AbstractConcepts, methods and techniques for 3D landscape visualization and their application in landscape and environmental planning. Practical application of a workflow for 3D landscape visualization. Reflection of relevant aspects such as the choice of viewpoints, the landscape sections, or the level of detail, and their effects on the perception of the visualized landscape.
ObjectiveThe main goals of this lab are (1) to know digital techniques for 3D landscape visualization, (2) to know different examples and application areas for GIS-based 3D landscape visualizations, (3) to establish software skills in 3D landscape visualization, and (4) to be able to explain principles of 3D landscape visualization, which are important for landscape and environmental planning situations, and to apply these for the evaluation or the planning of 3D landscape visualizations.
ContentThe lectures provide an introduction to the area of GIS-based 3D landscape visualization and on visualization principles. Examples of 3D landscape visualizations generated and applied in different projects are presented. The theoretical principles for 3D landscape visualization are further deepened in small exercises during the whole course. These exercises are organized in such a way, that a workflow for 3D landscape visualization can be reproduced. Thereby aspects such as the choice of viewpoints, the sections of a landscape, or the level of detail, and their effects on the perception of the visualized landscape are reflected.
Lecture notesHandouts of the slides used in the lectures will be made available for download.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lectures will be given in German.
051-0162-00LLandscape Architecture II Information
Expiring study program according to BSc 2011 regulations.
W1 credit2VC. Girot
AbstractThe lecture series gives an introduction to the field of contemporary landscape architecture. The course
provides a perspective on forthcoming landscape architecture in terms of the aspects site, soil, water and
ObjectiveOverview to contemporary and forthcoming tasks of landscape architecture. A critical reflection of the
present design practice and discussion of new approaches in landscape architecture.
ContentThe lecture series "Theory and Design in Contemporary Landscape Architecture" (Landscape Architecure
II) follows the lecture series "History and Theory of Garden Design and Landscape Architecture"
(Landscape Architecure I). Rather than concentrating only on questions of style, the series will also tackle
issues such as revitalisation, sustainability etc. The lectures review design approaches that critically
reflect our inherited perception of nature. The themes of site, soil, water and vegetation provide some
useful aspects for the design practice.
Lecture notesNo script. Handouts and learning material will be provided.
LiteratureA reading list will be provided for the exams.
Prerequisites / NoticeGeneral Information for the final exam:

Bachelor students: The content of the lectures as well as texts and exam-relevant literature provided by the Chair make up the basis for preparing for the exam. The lecture series is conceived as a yearlong course. Since the written session examination tests knowledge from both semesters. It is necessary to attend the lectures throughout the course of the year.
The test themes will be announced at the end of the semester. The Chair will provide literature and texts available for download as pdfs. These allow a more in-depth understanding of the lecture material.

Transfer students or students of other departments: Students attending one semester may opt to take only the oral end-of-semester examination. Test-relevant literature will also be made available for download for this purpose. The students are requested to get in touch by email with the Chair.
751-2700-00LLand Markets and Land PolicyW2 credits2GG. M. Giuliani
AbstractIn this course the students acquire knowledge on the particularities of land markets and the effects of policy interventions such as ceiling prices and land redistributions on land markets. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge of land market structures and on the forms of land markets.
ObjectiveIn this course the students acquire knowledge on the particularities of land markets and the effects of policy interventions such as ceiling prices and land redistributions on land markets. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge of land market structures and on the forms of land markets.
ContentThe first part of the course deals with the following topics: historical outline of land use; historical models of individual and collective land regulations; Swiss land regulations and land policies; specific theoretical aspects of agricultural land markets; empirical investigations on land property and land markets; interconnections between land policy and agricultural policy. The second part of the course focuses on land property structures in developing countries and in transition countries. After a general systematic and theoretical introduction on land policies and land reforms in these countries, case studies and topcis of current political relevance are discussed. This course provides principles contributing to the evaluation of the sustainability of land use and to the establishment of sustainable land use systems.
Lecture notesWill be provided in the course.
LiteratureAre included in the lecture notes.
103-0338-00LProject Week in Landscape Development Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 22.
Remark: Students who are enrolled in this lecture cannot enroll in the lecture LE 701-1656-01L Introduction into Landscape Development.
W5 credits9PS.‑E. Rabe, E. Celio, A. Grêt-Regamey
AbstractIn particular, the aspects measuring, understanding and assessing of landscape-relevant land-use, requirements and developments will be taught. Concerning the landscape development, aims will be developed and corresponding actions defined.
ObjectiveThe students are able to:
- recognize and name the structure of a landscape
- recognize and undestand the history of land-use
- recognize and undestand the context of arrangement of a landscape
- assess a landscape in its entirety and in its single-elements
- develop a vision of a landscape
- prepare and provide substantiated actions
ContentThe course consists of theoretical inputs, independent or assisted preparation, the project-week itself and post processing.

Depending on the subject area to be processed (eg. water, landscape aesthetics, natural hazards, nature conservation), different methods are used.
This applies to both the methods of investigation of landscape-elements and characteristics as well as the methods for evaluation of landscape-elements and characteristics.

Subjects and methods are developed and defined in the preparation to be applied in the project week. Based on the assessments actions will be developed that are adapted to the definde question or problem in the light of a desirable development.
Lecture notes- Handouts
- Copies of selected literature

Download: Link
LiteratureWill be named in the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements are an interest in landscape-related issues and commitment to developing proposals for solutions.
Prerequisite: Knowledge and skills equivalent the course 103-0357-00 Umweltplanung I
Students who are enrolled in this lecture cannot enroll in the lecture 701-1656-01L.
101-0278-00LFlood ProtectionW3 credits2GR. Boes, J. Eberli
AbstractConcepts and structural measures to prevent or mitigate flood damage, planning methods to implement projects in practice
ObjectiveTo get to know processes leading to flood damage, the different concepts and structural measures allowing to prevent or mitigate flood damage, as well as promising practical planning methods to implement flood protection measures in practice.
ContentExplanation of relevant processes: flooding, aggradation, sedimentations, erosion, debris flows.
Concept of different objectives of protection for various land uses (from rural areas to industrial regions).
General possibilities of flood protection / control.
Land use planning on the basis of hazard zones.
Classical procedures against flood damage with the use of examples such as increase of flow capacity, release structures, flood detention basins, polder.
Property protection as continuative measure.
Considering of overload case, Emergency procedures.
Damage determination and risk analysis.
Management of residual risk.
Conflict of objective during implementation of procedures.
Situatively adjusted approach.
Case studies (group work).
Field trip.
Lecture notesFlood protection script
LiteratureGuidelines of Swiss federal administration (especially Federal Office for the Environment, FOEN)
701-1653-00LPolicy and Economics of Ecosystem ServicesW3 credits2GA. Müller
AbstractThe course introduces the concept of ecosystem services (ES), their value for society, the causes of their degradation and potential policies to reduce degradation, from an environmental economics perspective. The main focus is thus on policy options for addressing ecosystems' degradation. The strengths and weaknesses of alternative policies are analyzed and illustrated with examples.
ObjectiveThe objective is to draw on insights from environmental economics for explaining human-induced ecosystem change and for assessing the potential of policies and economic incentives as strategies to reduce ecosystem services degradation. Students understand the relevance of environmental economics in application to the sustainable provision of ecosystem services (ES). They can define different categories of ecosystem services and understand underlying sources of market failure that lead to suboptimal human decisions regarding ES provision. They understand the importance of policy choice and policy design. This incorporates both established and newer policy approaches that can be used to address market failure and move towards better outcomes from a societal point of view. They can assess strengths and weaknesses of alternative policy approaches and instruments and understand the basis for selecting among alternative instruments to address ecosystems' degradation. Students have an improved understanding of the political economy underlying the making of environmental policy. They know a variety of real-world applications of different policy approaches related to land use choices and ES in developing and developed countries. Finally, they understand approaches for assessing policy impacts.
ContentThe Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that 60% of the world's ecosystem services (ES) are being degraded or used unsustainably. The UN report on 'The Economics of Ecosystems Services and Biodiversity' highlighted the impacts on human well-being and the role of policy in addressing ecosystems' degradation. Evaluating changes in ES from a societal perspective first requires an assessment of the societal value of different ES and the tradeoffs between them. Second, we need to understand the drivers of human decision-making affecting ES. Examples will be provided on resource use choices in developed and developing countries. Third, an assessment of the causes of excessive ES degradation is needed. Potential causes include the presence of externalities, improperly designed property rights systems, divergence of private and social discount rates, and lack of information and knowledge. Understanding the causes helps to design policies for more sustainable outcomes. Policies include command-and-control, economic incentives (for example, eco-taxes, tradable permits, government payments for ecosystem services), and decentralized approaches (for example, voluntary agreements, eco-labeling, participatory management). Choosing an appropriate policy instrument (or a combination thereof) requires an understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative instruments, their preconditions for success and the political economy of their implementation. Finally, assessing the actual impacts of policy once implemented requires a careful assessment of appropriate baselines.
Lecture notesLecture notes, homework exercises and readings for each class will be made available on OLAT.
LiteratureThere is no single textbook for this class. Instead, a number of articles and book chapters will be suggested for each of the topics addressed during the lecture.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course consists of a combination of lectures, homework assignments on real world case studies, a computer exercise, and an exam.
A prerequisite for this course is a bachelor-level course in Environmental Economics (e.g. 751-1551-00). In particular, students are expected to be familiar with basic environmental economics' concepts such as externality, public good, market failure, opportunity cost, social optimum and market equilibrium, among others. Students with no background in environmental economics can be provided with readings but will be expected to come up to the required standards on their own, prior to starting the class. Please contact Marie Ferré ( for these.
701-0518-00LSoil Protection and Land UseW3 credits2GM. W. Evangelou
AbstractIntroduction into problems, concepts and areas of action in soil protection as part of sustainable land use
ObjectiveTo know and understand the goals, problems, boundary conditions, concepts and practical approaches of soil protection as part of sustainable land use
ContentSoil functions and threats to soil quality; soil erosion; impacts on organic soils due to changes in soil water regime and aeration; soil amendment with biochar; soil compaction; soil salinization; soil contamination by toxic substances; remediation of polluted soil; soil protection by planning and legislation
Lecture notesHandouts will be distributed.
103-0330-00LLandscape AestheticsW2 credits2GR. Rodewald
AbstractLandscape aesthetics - Theory and practice of the sensuous cognition of landscape qualities.The lecture comprises short excursions as well as theoretical and practical applications of landscape quality and their development goals.
ObjectiveBecoming familiar with the concepts of landscape aesthetics and obtaining an overview of the im-portance, methods and applicability of aesthetical landscape valuation and development.
ContentAesthetic qualities of landscapes are difficult to measure. However, they play a big role in evaluating landscape change. In recent years there has been a growing interest in theoretical and practical sen-sory methods that enable the assessment and understanding of landscape perception. Practical analyses of landscapes and their development requires knowledge of the concepts of "beauty" and "aesthetic cognition and evaluation".
LiteratureBourassa, S.C. 1991. The aesthetics of landscape, London
Nohl. W. 2015. Landschaftsästhetik heute. Auf dem Wege zu einer Landschaftsästhetik des guten Lebens. Ausgewählte Aufsätze aus vier Jahrzehnten, München
Rodewald, R., Gantenbein, K. 2016. Arkadien. Landschaften poetisch gestalten, Zürich
Welsch, W. 2016. Ästhetische Welterfahrung. Zeitgenössische Kunst zwischen Natur und Kultur, Paderborn.
Wöbse, H. H. 2002. Landschaftsästhetik, Stuttgart
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture of Bourassa The aesthetics of landscape, 1991, will be expected.
063-0132-18LCity and Market Information W2 credits2GJ. Van Wezemael
Abstract"City and Market" addresses the manyfold interrelations of decision-making in real estate and urban development from a spatial, design, societal and political perspective.
ObjectiveThe class addresses the manyfold interrelations of decision-making in real estate and urban development from a spatial, design, societal and political perspective. It sets economic action in relation with the generation and transformation of urban landscapes. Thereforme the terms 'City' and 'Market' constitute the space for debate. The course (1) moots decision-making in real estate as a spatial practice, (2) it takes 'project orientation' as an entry-point for the analysis of planning and development processes, (3) it addresses interfaces of urbanism and the real estate industry, and (4) it discusses the relations of design with economic, societal and political/planning processes.
ContentThe course introduces fundamentals of urban development and management in real estate. Starting from practical examples we discuss the interrelations of urban development and real estate. We will focus on governance settings as the predominant yet under-examined mode of urban development.
Lecture notesA reader will be provided at the start of the term.
LiteratureA reader will be provided at the start of the term.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe class will be held in German, the script and papers will be mostly in English.
Major in Transport Systems and Behaviour
101-0438-00LSimulation of Transport SystemsW6 credits4GM. Sojka, M. Balmer
AbstractBasics of transportation system simulation methods, including transport demand, service offer planning, modelling of transport facilities, facility dimensioning, facility performance and simulation quality control. Recognizes the applicability and limitations of current simulation tools.
ObjectiveStudents will develop a basic knowledge of transport simulation methods, including transport demand, service supply, modelling of transport facilities, facility dimensioning, facility performance and simulation quality control. Students will learn to recognize the appropriate type of simulation model to apply and the limitations of current simulation tools.
ContentTransport planning: (1) Basics of microsimulation: forms, idea of agent-based modelling, rule-based versus optimising behavioural models, steady state versus evolutionary paths, Nash equilibrium. (2) Random numbers and experimental design: Generation of quasi-random numbers and their algorithms; the idea of experimental design, sample design, ANOVA and response surfaces. (3) Agent-based travel demand models: examples, details and experiences (MATSIM, ORIENT, CEMDEP, Famos, Albatross etc.).
Transport systems: IT-tools for service planning, determination of vehicle and personnel requirements, operating simulation of rail lines and nodes, evaluation process from operational data to quality control.
Road Transport: Macro and micro traffic modelling, simulation techniques, simulation of the traffic flow at interchanges, highways and in networks, system optimization, evaluation of simulation results.
Lecture notesThe lecture notes and additional handouts will be provided at the lectures.
LiteratureAdditional literature recommendations will be provided at the lectures.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents will use most of the simulation programs discussed in the class during the course of the semester.
101-0478-00LMeasurement and Modelling of Travel BehaviourW6 credits4GK. W. Axhausen
AbstractComprehensive introduction to survey methods in transport planning and modeling of travel behavior, using advanced discrete choice models.
ObjectiveEnabling the student to understand and apply the various measurement approaches and models of modelling travel behaviour.
ContentBehavioral model and measurement; travel diary, design process, hypothetical markets, discrete choice model, parameter estimation, pattern of travel behaviour, market segments, simulation, advanced discrete choice models
Lecture notesVarious papers and notes are distributed during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirement: Transport I
101-0481-00LReadings in Transport PolicyW3 credits2GK. W. Axhausen
AbstractThis course will explore the issues and constraints of transport policy through the joint readings of a set of relevant papers.

The class will meet every three weeks to discuss the texts.
ObjectiveFamiliarize the students with issues of transport policy making and the conflicts arising.

Train the ability to read critically and to summarize his/her understanding for him/herself and others through a review paper, paper abstracts and a paper review.
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