Ways of Living: Danish Architecture & Urban Design

Copenhagen’s Walking Classroom

This two-week, intensive, summer course welcomes students from a diversity of academic and cultural backgrounds and socio-political perspectives, who have deep interests in urban environments and issues.

This course is fully booked (2024)

An international summer school at the University of Copenhagen.

The city of Copenhagen is our primary classroom, and walking lectures, sidewalk seminars, independent field studies, and collegial debates will be unfolded across a diversity of places within the metropolis. First-hand experiences, place-based interpretative discourses, on-site analyses, and critical readings are entwined to support grounded ways of questioning and considering the historical and contemporary Danish urban design and architecture cases at hand. 

Read the full course description.


Weekends are included

Note that weekend days are included in the course schedule given the condensed period of two weeks.


All sites can be easily reached via public transport, bicycle, foot, or/and scooter – however, should you have any accessibility-related concerns, please feel free to mail your queries in advance to dcc@hum.ku.dk.


The exam is a written take-home assignment with an optional subject.
Scope: 6-10 standard pages

The primary assignment for the course is a critical and analytical logbook. It is a place-based daily learning tool and a daily learning practice that challenges students to couple emplaced and embodied ways of knowing with more traditional forms of scholarly literature citation; grounding theory in place. In brief, every walking-tour lecture and field study entails one required logbook entry/page, and each entry must combine textual and visual analyses alike.

The logbook, as a whole, is due in digital format at the end of the course, before 12:00 noon on Thursday 18 August 2022 online in Digital Exam.


Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Duration: 29 July 2024 - 14 August 2024 (including weekend).
Tutor/course coordinator: Courtney D. Coyne-Jensen, Associate Professor
Application deadlines: 
  • First round: 1 April 2024
  • Second round: 1 June 2024 (after availability)