Modern Urbanism, Study Trip: Berlin


Kenny Cupers, Giulia Scotto

Course Description:

This study trip explores the intersections of architecture, urbanism, and modernity through the case of Berlin. Through immersion in the city, students will gain foundational skills in urban observation, mapping, historical research, and spatial and formal analysis. We will explore the city’s modern architecture and urbanism in the context of global historical developments including imperialism, world war, municipal socialism, fascism, the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, and democratization and capital building. Sites include modern housing estates such as Britzallee (Hufeisensiedlung) and Gropiusstadt, large-scale infrastructural projects such as Tempelhof airport, urban design projects such as Stalinallee and Hansaviertel, the Internationale Bauausstellung, the Berlin Wall, and post-Wall redevelopment projects such as Potzdamer Platz and Spreeufer. We will meet local experts and historians and study the legacies of modernity in the city’s everyday lived experience.

Format and Learning Objectives:

This study trip equips students with concrete architectural, urban, and historical research skills. It teaches students to interrogate how buildings, landscapes, and cities are in the process of being continuously made and unmade by historical change and complex human and material agency.


Active participation in the field trip; student presentations of selected projects

Part of Module:

Processes and Projects of Urbanization

Type:  Field Trip
Semester:  Spring
Credit Points:  3 CP
Language of instruction:  English
Scale:  Pass/Fail