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Transformation Laboratory II „From Analysis to Communication” (TransLab II)
Module number:
170 201
10 CP
2nd term RUB students,
4th term Tongji students
1 term
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: They are able to present, communicate and discuss their research results in the framework of self-organized workshops or exhibitions. In such a way the students become “agents of transformation” passing on their just acquired transformation competence to the public.


TransLab II comprises a learning and working process starting like in TransLab I with a profound and comprehensive analysis of urban landscape transformation in a selected urban laboratory, but coming out with a self-organized workshop or exhibition setting the framework for the presentation of research results and for a discussion with the public and experts. By training competences in knowledge-management and -transfer, in presentation and communication TransLab II promotes soft skills essential for every future field of work.

As in TransLab I 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:

organisation and moderation of a workshop and/or exhibition: presentation of research results to the public, discussion with experts, documentation of the workshop

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

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:
Farwick, Kiese, Marschner, N.N., honorary professors, external experts

Other information: