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Transformation Laboratory I: “From Analysis to Consultancy” (TransLab I)
Module number:
170 200
10 CP
2nd term RUB students,
4th term Tongji students
1 term, weekly
Kind of course:
Project-based seminar
Contact hours:
60 hours
240 hours
Number of participiants:

Preconditions to participate:

Successful completion of all modules of the 1st (RUB students) or 3rd (Tongji students) term.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students have got profound insight into the processes of governance and project management and are able to point out and assess the multidimensional and interdependent impacts of different drivers, actors and projects of urban landscape transformation.

Competences: The students are able to analyse conditions, strategies and concepts, processes and outcomes of urban landscape transformation in a multi-dimensional and multi-perspective way based on interdisciplinary approaches in a team. The students have the capability to examine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of transformation concepts and results in multi-level assessments ranging from the project, district and city level to the regional level and taking into account every single dimension of landscape transformation as well as their interconnections.

Skills: Applying skills acquired in ACOMAP (“Analytical Concepts, Methods and Application”) and insights from “Planning Theory and Practice” they have tested and expanded their analytical know-how in a laboratory of landscape transformation. The students learned to work in cross-cultural teams. They are able to sum up their results in an expert’s report or workshop.


TransLab I comprises a learning and working process starting with a profound and comprehensive analysis of urban landscape transformation in a selected urban laboratory and coming out with an expert’s report as a typical product of consultancy and evaluation business. In this respect TransLab I simulates one of the students’ possible future fields of work.

The analysis resumes the modified multi-dimensional approach to landscape perception by Backhaus as well as the analytical frame for the analysis of urban and regional governance taught in the 1st term- It applies different research methods based on skills acquired in ACOMAP. The students learn to select appropriate methods according to a theoretically embedded research question and the conditions of the specific lab. One important tool will be a SWOT-analysis.

Teaching methods:

team work in intercultural groups: analyses of literature, documents and statistics, interviews, observations, mapping and measuring, GIS/remote sensing (as required)

Mode of assessment:

students performance during discussions and interactions with lecturers and fellow students, written final report

Conditions for granting credit points:
The interactive and project-based workshop character of TransLabs requires students’ mandatory attendance throughout the semester.
Written final report

Weight of the mark for the final score:
The weight of the mark equals the CP of the module

Person in charge of the module:

Teaching Staff:
Luis Intostroza, honorary professors, external experts

Other information: