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ESUA
The European School of Urbanism and Architecture

The European School of Urbanism and Architecture is a pilot curriculum for integrated urban and architectural study funded by the European Union's Leonardo da Vinci programme in vocational education and training.   It has been developed to address the most pressing challenges of European and global practice today.
 

Its thirteen partners in seven countries can use the elements of the curriculum as modular units of their own existing programmes within a cooperative network, or establish a quasi-independent full-degree programme.
 

The programme features:

*  The latest advances in best practice on sustainability and climate change
*  integrated study of urbanism with architecture
*  inter-disciplinary education
*  immersive, project-based learning
*  exchange studies across national boundaries
*  emphasis on local and historical resources as a basis of sustainable
    economics
*  first-hand studies of local architectural, urban and cultural histories
the economic and cultural value of local identity and tradition
                                                                                                                 
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External Evaluation Report

for The European School

of Urbanism and Architecture  (ESUA)

Prepared by: Dr. Charles C. Bohl, Associate Professor and Director, Knight Program in Community Building, School of Architecture University of Miami

Read the full evaluation report here

From the workshop in Berlin
The student exercise focused on urban design principles, with both a series of lectures and an urban design exercise for a site close to the new Central Railway Station in Berlin.   Read more

From the workshop in Norway
Based on the ESUA curriculum and training methodology hypothesis, this test module focused on the problems and possibilities in real-life situations by studying ongoing development and building projects in Norway, using  wood as a sustainable building material.    Read more
 
From the charrette in Oslo
The purpose of the workshop was to test how a group of students can be involved in a live planning charrette in order to learn to work as a team, in collaboration with public and local stakeholders, and in order to arrive at one collective proposal within a limited time-span.   Read more
 

Students and instructor at the charrette in Oslo - january 2008
  
From the workshop in Romania
The test course had 13 international ESUA partner representatives and 18 Romanian and Norwegain students participating. The test course was finalised with a study trip of Transilvania to relate the project to restoration crafts training and cultural heritage.   Read more

From the workshop in Italy
From the 4th – 11th of May 2007 the European School of Urbanism and Architecture (ESUA) held a workshop on built heritage and stone architecture in Italy.   Read more


Students doing research in Rome may 2007

   

 

 

 

 
    


READ THE PROJECT REPORT

Volumes I, II and III 
 
 

5
WORKSHOPS

ITALY
Rome - Bari
May 2007

 
ROMANIA
Bran
August 2007

 
NORWAY
Bjørvika, Oslo
January 2008

 
   
GERMANY
Berlin
June 2008

 
NORWAY
Rauland and Ramme
August 2008

 
 


 

CONTRACTOR:

FOLKEUNIVERSITETET INNLANDET,
TYNSET, NORWAY


PARTNERS:
 

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN
 
MODERNO AS

PRO PATRIMONIO

SIV. ARK. MNAL
ARNE SØDAL

 
NEUE STADTBAUKUNST


TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN SCHINKELZENTRUM
 
KARL-HEINZ MASCHMEIER

FACULTATEA DE ARHITECTURA
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA
DIN TIMISOARA


MICHAEL
MEHAFFY


A VISION OF EUROPE


JOANNA
ALIMANESTIANU

 


 


 
NEW: THE ESUA
  E-LEARNING MODULE
:
 
  Methods and techniques

   Net supported distance learning as a
   supplement to the regular educational
   program.

  Now you can take the introductory
  e-learning module for free.
 
  (Beta test version.)

  

                                                        Read more

     

 

Students of the ESUA:

"The knowledge we acquired during the workshop seems enormous to us. It has been a unique experience to participate in such a big scale (and real) project."

"The experience of the last five workshops has determined the way I see my education, the profession, the craft, the human values that are connected with skills and life…"

"For me the ESUA project has been the most exceptional experience of my architectural education."


Dr. Charles C. Bohl,
ESUA External Evaluator
:

"The scope and pace of the ESUA project has been impressive: the completion of a research phase, the development of five test modules and conduct of five workshops in four different nations involving dozens of academics, practitioners and students in the course of two years is extraordinary. The ESUA team has proven itself extremely capable of moving rapidly from concept to reality."    Read the full evaluation report here

 
PRESENTATION OF THE ESUA PROJECT RESULTS:

OSLO 13-16 SEPTEMBER, 2008
The two year ESUA project 
ended December 15, 2008.
The results from the programme, including the ESUA curriculum for a five year education in architecture and urbanism, and a publication of ESUA documents,  were presented at two events in Oslo, September 2008:
- 13 September, ESUA held an open afternoon seminar to present and discuss the project.
- 14-16 September, the key recommendations from the project were presented at the international  "CLIMATE CHANGE AND URBAN DESIGN" congress, arranged by CEU - Council for European Urbanism,  in collaboration with ESUA and other strategic partners. ESUA  moderated the "Education" conference session,  and present its proposals for reform in urban design education.
     
For more information on the "Climate Change
and Urban Design" congress, please go to  www.cityclimate.no



DECLARATION OF VISEU:
 
Architectural Education
in the 21st Century

Declaration from a conference held  in Viseu, Portugal, 4 - 9 May 2004: The Teaching of Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Globalisation
 
The Viseu meeting on the Teaching of Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Globalisation, organised by Council for European Urbanism and INTBAU,  provided participants with many positive ideas for improvements to teaching and learning across Europe. The Viseu Declaration on Architectural Education in the 21st Century sums up these thoughts and ideas.
 
The conference and Declaration are both extremely hopeful signs that architectural and urbanist education can contribute positively to making humane cities.
 
Read a report from the conference here:  
  
Declaration of Viseu: