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    ARK-E2021 - Interplay of Cultures Research and Theory D, Lecture (6 cr)

    Welcome to the Interplay of Cultures Research and Theory seminar course!

    This course will give you an overview of the current discourse on the thematic areas of global sustainability and development in the world majority context – or Global South – in countries outside Europe. We will be focusing on the dilemma of sustainable urban and societal development from the environmental and cultural perspectives, through reading, writing and discussion.

    The primary working methods of the course are reading and discussion. For each seminar session, you will be requested to read articles, which are indicated in the course schedule (presented on the first session on Jan 12th). Everyone will read the articles assigned for the session.

    The first teaching session is on January 12th at 9:15.

    PRE-READING for the first session is article: Watson, V., (2014), "African Urban Fantasies: Dreams or Nightmares?" Environment and Urbanization 26 (1): 215-231. Please, find the article from the PRE-READING materials folder.

    Interplay of Cultures Research and Theory supports and deepens the learning in the Interplay of Cultures-studio course (ARK-E1021).

    The course language is English.

    The course will be thought in hybrid mode. We encourage students to come to the class, but it is possible to attend online via zoom.


    ·      spring 2023, periods III-V, 12.1.2023-1.6.2023

    ·      Studio teaching takes place on Thursdays 9-12


    ·      Bachelor’s degree

    ·      Proficiency in English language is mandatory.

    Applying for the Course:

    ·      Enroll to this course through SISU.

    ·      open to Master´s Program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Architecture with Major in Architecture, as well as students from Creative Sustainability Master’s Program and students in Master’s Program in engineering or business are also considered.

    ·      Maximum number of students accepted is 20.

    The course is hosted by: Saija Hollmén, PhD, Architect, Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Architecture


    Taru Niskanen, PhD candidate, Architect, University Teacher

    Kristjana Adalgeirsdottir, PhD candidate, Architect, Shelter Delegate

    Ali Khamis, PhD candidate, Urban Planner

    For more information, please contact: Taru Niskanen,