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ARK172 ht 2011 Planning and Design for Sustainable Development in a Local Context

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2012-01-18 - 2012-02-10
Antal svar: 30
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 83%
Kontaktperson: Amanda Werger»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Arkitektur 300 hp

Goals and fullfilment of goals

The learning outcomes are given in the course programme, that is the knowledge, understanding, skills and perspectives you are expectd to reach. Notify for each outcome how well they have been fulfilled.

1. Purpose of the design studio

Planning and Design for Sustainable Development in a Local Context is a design studio, divided into three parts (part A, part B & part C), within the master programme Design for Sustainable Development. The thematic of the studio is planning and design for sustainable development in a small or medium-sized municipality in Sweden. The studio includes on-site activities in close cooperation with local authorities and communities.

The aim of the design studio is:
to increase knowledge and understanding of the planning and development problems as well as possibilities of small and medium-sized municipalities/communities/towns in the perspective of sustainable development,
to train the ability to describe, analyse and interpret the local situation in a broad perspective, including spatial and architectural characteristics as well as environmental, social and economic aspects.
to, with a point of departure in an understanding of the conditions of place in a local as well as in a broader context, work out and try visionary principles of planning and design of spatial structures and the built environment, in support of a positive and sustainable development.
How well has the purpose been fulfilled?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»0 0%
Good»7 23%
Very good»23 76%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.76

- I would prefer less analysis and more time for the in-depth projects!» (Good)

Education and course administration

2. How do you evaluate the content and design of the design studio part A (Local situation, Broader context, SWOT-analysis and Local development objectives, Planning and design strategies)?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»0 0%
Good»12 40%
Very good»18 60%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.6

- Good tasks, but some of the full class presentations felt unneccesary or to long. Would have prefered to have that time to listen to everyone in the end of the course instead. » (Good)
- would have been easier with smaller groups, and also info from start on how to cooperate in groups. Also explaining clearer the definition of Goals and Strategies and the difference in between, and relate it to who/what professions works with goals and strategies in "real life" and how we as architectural/planning students are expected to use the knowledge we gain from the exercise in future work. Is their a difference in between how we did it and how people at the planning office work for example and if so - why?» (Good)
- At the beginning it was a little hard to communicate with different people of different background.During these two part we most were practicing the challenge of communication with others!!!it would be better if we had two sessions casual meeting in order to get in mode and getting known with previous project process better. » (Good)
- Way to big groups» (Very good)
- Really good overall. Parts to improve are the class discussions that sometimes felt like they needed to be more managed than they were. For example the one about together doing the SWOT and together with politicians writing the nine goals. » (Very good)
- The content of the course and the interaction between the students was very good and motivate us to continue.» (Very good)
- Those weeks where very dense but very useful for the part B, it was also very good that it made us know each other by changing group for every work.» (Very good)

3. How do you evaluate the content and design of the teoretical context week, Sustainable urban/rural development (literature studies and seminar)?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»1 3%
Passed»4 13%
Good»12 40%
Very good»13 43%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.23

- Good with a small "break" and time for reflections, maybe this week could include common discussions about indepth projects?» (Good)
- Liked the theory, but maybe the seminar in whole class where a bit hard to follow. Couldn´,t really hear all people said. Would have been easier if all stood up and held a presentation with some digital slides I think.» (Good)
- I esp liked the gender equality focus. Very important and not so common to discuss during the education in general. » (Very good)
- det passade mycket bra att ha ett break från allt grupparbete den veckan. tyvärr blev seminarierna alldeles för långa. Kanske kan dela gruppen i två och ha hälften så många böcker att välja på? » (Very good)

4. How do you evaluate the content and design of the in-depth project, part B?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»1 3%
Passed»0 0%
Good»5 16%
Very good»24 80%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.73

- It needs more time. Or maybe more critical consultations. Many projects didn"t go deep almost at all.» (Good)
- Short time and very intensive work. But fun all the time. I dont think more time is needed, since that would only result in a lower working pace.» (Very good)
- Lisa is a great tutor! And there was plenty of tutoring time which was very good!» (Very good)

5. How do you evaluate the content and design of week 2, 2012, part C (exhibition and presentation on site in Gråbo)?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»5 17%
Good»9 31%
Very good»15 51%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 4.34

- Good organisation but too much to do in too little time» (Passed)
- despite the in-depth process where I was more than involved in my project ,poor knowledge in Swedish made me frustrated really in presentation on site but fortunately it was not so obvious in my presentation! » (Passed)
- One week was not enough time» (Passed)
- Nice to get comments from the inhabitants. All translation work felt a bit hard in the beginning, but in the end it were good that we did it.» (Good)
- It would have been good to know from the start that all posters were supposed to be in the same format, would have saved us a lot of work this week. Otherwise well organized and good teamwork.» (Good)
- The only problem, it was so little time... I hope you will get two weeks next year! Or to do the translation of part one when that is finished to save some time in January.» (Good)
- Only thing that keeps me from grading it as very good, is the stress that I felt during the week. But the presentation and exhibition was great.» (Good)
- vore bra om man kunde översätta del A tidigare, tex under läsveckan. Det skulle höja kvaliten på språket tror jag.» (Good)
- It would have saved a lot of time if we knew already during the local context, broader context and our in depth projects that it all was to be presented in A1 landscape with that black line at the bottom. Then everything would already be adjusted to that from the beginning. » (Good)
- It was very interesting to see which organization is behind a more professional presentation as we are used to, and to present at the end in front of a lot of people. Maybe the preparation"s part is a bit unbalanced in term of interest between those making translations and those doing something else, but it was necessary.» (Good)
- course cordinator is extremely organized, and her supporting team is excellent in preparation» (Very good)
- The experience of presenting our projects in the municipality is amazing.» (Very good)

6. How do you evaluate the information and knowledge input from introductions and lectures during the design studio?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»3 10%
Good»10 34%
Very good»16 55%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 4.44

- Could have been a lot more, missed thgings that did not come through during the seminars» (Passed)
- Not that many lectures, but lectures from the previous course (...design professions) felt very relevant in this course as well so maybe we didn"t need more.» (Good)
- Very inspiring!!» (Very good)

7. How do you evaluate the information and knowledge input from literature and seminars during the design studio?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»1 3%
Passed»7 23%
Good»12 40%
Very good»10 33%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.03

- Some students did not take it seriously and that resulted in less information comming trhough» (Passed)
- I think the literature studies and seminars should have been carried out in smaller groups with more focused themes» (Passed)
- Some of the seminares felt a bit pointless since i felt most people thought they were too long and not very inspiring» (Passed)
- too long seminars! exhausting some times and with poor efficiency. » (Good)
- Maybe the "problem" of the last seminar is that it had to be done during part B when we want to focus on the in-depth project. But on the other way, it was really useful (at least for me) as it brought an interesting and useful element for the project.» (Good)
- The library in the studio was great to have!» (Very good)

8. What is your opinion about the administration and organisation of the design studio (information, PM:s, schedules, course homepage, webfolder etc.)?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»1 3%
Good»2 6%
Very good»27 90%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.86

- I feel this could have been done on a more user friendly interface,maybe this is a university issue? google docs, calendar, etc might have been easier to use and update. Things sometimes were a bit confusing» (Passed)
- Good in general, only one comment - could have been easier if PMs and schedules were handed out earlier» (Good)
- Definetly the best organized course I have had at Chalmers. Clear schedule and information E-mails, always possible to contact the teachers etc. » (Very good)
- !!!» (Very good)
- The information has been so clear and presented well in advance the whole time. I am amazed.» (Very good)
- The chalmers webpage though is vary hard to orient in..» (Very good)
- lite väl mycket papper. » (Very good)
- It couldn"t be better! Congratulations!» (Very good)
- Could be good with a better structure on the webfolder at the begining. Before everybody go nuts and creates folders everwhere :)» (Very good)
- Excelent!» (Very good)
- great!!!!!!» (Very good)
- Such an incredible planning of the course, very good indeed!! We"ve been spoiled in comparison to what we are used to.» (Very good)

Work environment

9. How do you rate the possibilities to get assistance, supervision and ask questions during the design studio part A?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»1 3%
Good»9 30%
Very good»20 66%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.63

- Teachers were always available for consultation and direction. » (Very good)
- vet att det fanns mycket frustration under del A som jag har glömt nu. tex tid att läsa in sig på uppgiften innan vi besökte lerum. vore kanske bra med en utvärdering i mitten av kursen.» (Very good)

10. How do you rate the possibilities to get assistance, supervision and ask questions during the in-depth project, part B?

29 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»1 3%
Passed»0 0%
Good»5 17%
Very good»23 79%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.72

- I never felt there is no one to ask but sometimes i was in need of getting their idea about specific matter but they refused to give a clear answer...i think maybe they are too democrat » (Good)

11. How do you rate the possibilities to get assistance, supervision and ask questions during the work on the exhibition and presentation on site, part C?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»0 0%
Good»8 27%
Very good»21 72%
No opinion»1

Genomsnitt: 4.72

- With a little bit stress.. and lot of smiles!» (Very good)
- Coordinators and teachers accessible almost all time in part A, B, and C of the studio.» (Very good)

12. How do you evaluate the quantity and distribution of work over time - the speed and pace - during the design studio?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»4 13%
Good»18 60%
Very good»8 26%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.13

- Like every course during the education with very few exceptions I felt very stressed out at the end, even if I wasn"t lazy and didn´,t save work to the last minute. I think that objectively this education is demanding a lot. » (Passed)
- It would have been better to have more time for the in-depth projects, since after all, they were the ones that meant the most. » (Passed)
- It has been very intensive, but at the same time fun. I don"t think that the time we have spent in school and the working pace is healthy when we start work, but for this short period it worked alright.» (Good)
- Always busy but never panic. Perfect! » (Good)
- It was a bit too stressed the last week for the exhibition. But it would help a lot to get the info about A1 landscape and black line beforehand. » (Good)
- part a was too much to handle . » (Good)
- Maybe when we came to part B I had the feeling that I would have need more time for it and it was more intense than the first part. But at the same time the analysis part was relevant and it would have been difficult to shorten it I guess.» (Good)
- I would like to have more time for the in-depth project, felt that in the end we all were in a hurry.» (Very good)

13. What is your opinion about the balance between group work and individual work in the design studio?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»1 3%
Passed»4 13%
Good»13 43%
Very good»12 40%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.2

- Did we have indiviual work? » (Bad)
- Should have been a small individual assignment as well» (Passed)
- Almost only group work, which I like. You learn more from working with others, especially when people come from different backgrounds it really adds something to the education. » (Good)
- Well, not much individual work, so giving separate grades could hence be a problem, not being able to separate the working effort made by different individuals in a group.» (Good)
- Maybe too big groups in part A» (Good)
- I prefer groupwork and believe that you learn a lot from each other when working in groups.» (Very good)
- For the first time I found it easier to work in groups than alone. Good that we seitched groups often and had discussions about groupwork» (Very good)
- I think group work is a great way to learn about yourself and others. » (Very good)
- It"s more about group work, but it"s good because in professional life we will have almost always group work!» (Very good)
- I think the frequent changes of groups worked well. It made me think about how different characteristics a group can have and different strengths. It made me also think of how I can take different roles in differently assembled groups.» (Very good)

14. How do you evaluate your contribution and efforts in group work and individual work?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»0 0%
Good»13 43%
Very good»17 56%
No opinion»0

Genomsnitt: 4.56

- I fell like I always did my best, as well as everyone else. I think in all groups I were in we worked well together.» (Very good)
- I"m hardworking...» (Very good)
- I think I work best (and hardest) in a good group.» (Very good)

Concluding questions

15. What is your overall opinion of the design studio?

30 svarande

Very bad»0 0%
Bad»0 0%
Passed»1 3%
Good»4 13%
Very good»25 83%

Genomsnitt: 4.8

- More intresting then I had thought. My expectations of Gråbo were very low before the course, but in the end it turned out to be very intresting, and definetly a really relevant topic for the future.» (Very good)
- Probably the least stressful course since I started my education. Hectic, yes, but no bad stress.» (Very good)
- ! best course I have had on chalmers..» (Very good)
- I have had such a good time. I felt this studio has made me grow a lot as an architect, and really widened my horizon both on what sustainable architecture is, but also how much I am able to learn and design in a short time span.» (Very good)
- Det har varit en fantastiskt lärorik studio. Ni har fått allas självförtroende och tillit växa inte bara kunskapsmässigt utan även personligt!» (Very good)
- Lovely studio with engaged teachers/assistents!» (Very good)
- Excellent administration!» (Very good)
- Supergood and highly relevant all the time. » (Very good)

16. What have you missed in the design studio?

- Classes on how to work with different methods so that we could have the possibility to try new things. »
- To listen to all the final presentations at Chalmers. Prioritize that instead of all the long presentations in the beginning of the course. »
- More and better workspace»
- Maybe a little more time to prepare before the research on site in Gråbo»
- Nothing.»
- Some times the critical consultations are good, because we are here to learn!»
- I would have liked to get feedback as brief written reviews from different actors in the municipality/politics describing what they think is the relevance of each project to a sustainable municipality. »
- Just making culture of group work and asking student not to dominate on others.sometimes people with great idea pushed out by those dominants specially in part A and B»
- sometimes I have felt maybe "too free" to design and organize the work as I wanted, even during the consultations. Sometimes the students need some limits..»
- Nothing special in my case.»
- I think in the beginning of the course it will be much better if there were a lecture about how to work in group. Like some guide what we should or not to do in the group, how to work more effective and effisien in group, etc»
- a little to short time for the indeath projects»
- Some lectures»

17. Is there something that has been especially good or especially bad in the design studio?

- Kind of a rapport established between teachers and students. Absolutely no gap between the two groups but the respect and proffessionality was still maintained. Great teachers»
- Good group, and especially that everyone were "forced" to get to know each other through the first weeks group work.»
- Good that we got to present it to politicians and locals and get feedback from them, the first time I"ve had feedback from anyone that is not an architect or engineer. Good reality connection. Also very interesting to do such extensive prestudies, also with the people the projects would affect.»
- The teechers were the best. We got all the information in good time.»
- I really like the close relationship with the municipality, and that we have been able to "test" our ideas on people during the whole period. This has really made it feel like we made a difference for someone, and not just designed for ourselves.»
- Fantastically well organized. I appreciate that time for reading is included in the schedule»
- Especially good: Practicing talking in front of people all the time! Engagement from the politicians etc in Lerum, it feels like we did something important. The division into different groups for the first part of the course - a good way to get to know everyone.»
- A really good organisation during the course.»
- Lisa is a diamond, Amanda sweet as sugar, and Lena a rock!»
- It"s amazing how you achieved to bring us together, know each other and become friends and work with smile.. well, not always, but most of times! I have mainly nice memories! thank you!»
- Especially good was that the teachers always felt present and available for questions and discussions. »
- The interaction between students and between teachers and students is something that marked me in a wat.»
- The overall feeling/attitude of the students and teachers was great, it made for what I think was an extremely productive, useful and enjoyable studio.»
- Good morale.»
- The organization has been very good. The contact with our teachers and the bonding with the whole class has been outstanding!»
- A part from the scolastic aspect, I really believe that organizing parties and dinner for the studio has increased the possibilities to make friendship and know better our collegues, manteining a good mood is one of the best ways to achieve a common goal.»
- I really appreciated the fact that we were free to choose the topic that we wanted to develop and the way to present it, I think it really makes you give your best.»
- Very good: well organized»
- the teachers took really god care of use, the organisation was outstanding»
- The broad picture»

18. Do you have any advise for how to improve the design studio?

- Keep the structure and the teachers! »
- No»
- Move the translation of part A to directly after part A. Other than that, nothing.»
- Give a little more time to prepare before the interviews on site, decide on a common layout in the first part of the studio so that the poster doesn´,t have to be rearranged as much to the exhibition»
- Maybe take away some of the stress - through talking about it - people in this education are often perfectionists. The standards get very high.»
- Prepare the work from the earlier parts before the presentation week. For example decide that everyone make the posters in the right foramt in the beginning.»
- Ändra sista veckan, fördela översättningsarbetet bättre.»
- Make more clear from the beginning how the final format for the exhibition will be to avoid a lot of extra work and stress during the last week! Consider (if you haven"t done it already)in grade/evaluation the personal effort (or not!) of each student to participate and help the rest of the class when it is about a team or class work. »
- Be clear at the begining to create all poster in landscape, and include the chalmers logo at that point to. That could have saved us half week of work.»
- Read earlier comments. »
- My personal point of view is to make a balance between the time of the analysis and the in-depth project.»
- keep doing what you are doing!»
- It is better to start design studios with a short lecture about how to cooperate and treat in a group work»
- Maybe figure out a way to make the seminars less "boring"..»
- Not especially, as I really appreciated this experience.»
- it is good as it is»

19. Other comments:

- All cred to lena, björn, amanda & lisa»
- Thank you for an interesting studio»
- One of the best courses I"ve taken! Maybe the best...»
- Really thank you for a great course!»
- Tackar för en fantastiskt lärorik kurs, och ett fint välkomnande till chalmers för mig som var ny på skolan! /sofi»
- Thanks for this studio! It´,s been a great experience!»
- Thank you all for everything, it was an unforgettable semester!»
- One question that I have had in my mind through the design studio is about leadership. I read somewhere that leadership was a ability that was taken into the grading. Since I have studied a leadership course earlier I am curios about what is good leadership according to that grading system. In my view there are many ways to lead a group of people, and not all ways are very visible to people outside the particular group. Just a thought that has been with me in the course. »
- I prefer to have rehearsal one day before and make a group design not only for the exhibition place but also in the presentation room (the churh)... So we can avoid "errors" for example sound system and lighting....»
- this was one of the best classes i ever had, it realy had a big impact on me»

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