Constructing and Designing Performative Urban Environments


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the course is the construction and design of performative urban structures and environments. It explores the role of new technologies and their ability to develop performative urban structures, environments and designs in an integrated design process. The module presents theories of parametric design, material and structure in relation to theories of instant urbanism, cultural grafting and city life. The course will present concepts and the use of analogue and digital technologies related to performative urban spaces.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about theories related to the analysis, construction and design of performative urban environments
  • Must have knowledge about performative technologies and computational design tools in relation to performative structures in the built environment
  • Must have knowledge of parametric design tools that enable the generation of feedback loops from generation of form and performance analysis in relation to structure and urban space
  • Must have knowledge about methodologies related to design and construction of performative urban environments


  • Must be able to identify, analyse and address challenges related to the development of performative urban environments and media architecture
  • Must be able to make a structural analysis of complex spatial systems when setting up design concepts
  • Must be able to analyse and to use mixed technological and aesthetical methods when designing performative structures
  • Must be able to analyse and identify relevant design concepts in relation to performative technologies in the built environment


  • Must be able to create a synthesis of structural, urban and performative elements in a complex urban setting by using advanced design tools that support the definition and control of complex context, advanced geometry and performance analysis
  • Must be able to evaluate the effect of the design on city life including sensual experiences

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examConstructing and Designing Performative Urban Environments
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKonstruktion og design af performative urbane rum
Module codeAODUTM1K173
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design