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Urban Spaces: Explore, Draw and Create

Summer University Online: August 16th - 27th, 2021

3 ECTS credit points, max. 20 participants

Registration is now closed

Details on the summer 2022 program will be published soon!



The 2022 summer program will be published soon!

The online project Urban Spaces explores the identity of place through drawing. The course focuses on experiencing and analysing urban open spaces through analogue hand drawing. This project will run as a collaboration between Linescapes and the Open Space Collective, TU Berlin.

In week one of course the participants will engage in the exploration of Berlin/their home town through hand drawing and the second week's topic will be the site analysis and design through hand drawing.

Hand drawing is an important tool in the repertoire of any design professional. It supports the understanding and analysis of the observer's surroundings, it's a tool for thinking and designing and enables communication with others. Despite its importance in the design disciplines, it's increasingly harder for students to obtain skills in this area on universities. That's why the course offers participants an in-depth knowledge of the hand drawing skill that will equip them for the studies and later professional work.

The knowledge will be presented from the basics of hand drawing to establish a foundation up to applying drawing to observe, analyze and design the environment. Drawing forms such as perspective, isometry, section, pictogram, and others will be mastered.

The emphasis of the course will be set on drawing as a tool for understanding and analysing space. The subject of analysis will be your home city, town or village. The teachers themselves will be teaching by exploring, presenting and analysing the city of Berlin. We will analyse the urban fabric, micro urban situations and focus on specific features of the urban landscape in order to identify the local identity of the place (genius-loci). Through this, the students will not only obtain the skill of hand-drawing but also master an analytical method. The course attendees will be able to replicate and reapply this method in their later academic and professional work.

Throughout the 2 weeks, open space projects in Berlin will be presented through Live Virtual Excursions, explaining the spatial compositions, boundaries, contrasts, surfaces, patina and atmospheric qualities of Berlins public space.

The students will actively exchange their experiences and drawings with others in the group, thus exchanging architectural, cultural and social knowledge on the identity of each participants living environment.

Learning Goals and Syllabus


The participants will develop their creative, practical and professional skills through visual analysis and the process of drawing:

  • Comprehensive spatial understanding of the urban fabric
  • Basic and advanced hand drawing techniques
  • Visual communication tools such as perspective, isometry, diagram, and others
  • Knowledge of visual analytical methods
  • Understanding the identity of place



Week 1: Exploring Berlin/your home town through hand drawing (we explore Berlin whilst participants explore their home town)

Week 2: Site analysis and design through hand drawing


Reading week: August 9th - August 13th, 2021. Flexible, 5 hours preparatory work to be done on-demand.

Online course: August 16th – August 27th, 2021. Estimated session times are Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm CET for live lectures and group sessions, etc.

Please note that exact session times will be confirmed once registrations have closed (sessions will be scheduled according to the time zones of the registered course participants).

Should you have any questions regarding the course timetable, please contact us at summeruniversity@tubs.de

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course. Weeks 1 and 2 will involve approximately 30 hours of workload.



A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home university whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.


Course Components:

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent assignments
  • Webinars for assignment discussion and project tutoring
  • Virtual field trips and excursions where special spaces in Berlin will be analysed, drawn and discussed
  • Creative and practical workshops
  • Guest lecturers
  • Virtual presentation and exchange of results

Target Audience

The course is aimed at students who use drawing as a design tool in their studies, later in their professional work or as a creative hobby. Participants will actively learn creative drawing techniques and gain knowledge through analysing the urban fabric.

Participants from all fields and disciplines are welcome. This course is however particularly suitable for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Town Planning, Engineering and Designers.

The course is designed for current university students and working professionals.

Prerequisites and Technical Requirements

Participants of the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience. Working professionals are also welcome to take part in the program.

The willingness to work in an international team is a precondition. Students are required to exchange their experiences and results with others in the group.

No pre-existing knowledge of hand-drawing is required to take part in the course. Enthusiasm for hand-drawing and learning a new skill is welcome.


Technical Requirements

We will ask participants to fulfill the following technical requirements:

  • Fully functional device (laptop, tablet, PC)
  • Stable internet connection
  • Software: Zoom (App installed on desktop or over browser. Participants are requested to use their real name as Zoom account name)
  • Miro Online Whiteboard for Visual Collaboration (App installed on desktop or over browser: https://miro.com)
  • Recommended: external headset for better sound quality


Dr. Simon Colwill studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich in London and worked for many years thereafter as a freelance landscape architect in Berlin.

He has been a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Landscape Design and Construction at the Technische Universität in Berlin since 2004. Here he has supervised many studio projects, workshops and seminars in the bachelor and master's program. He has also been running many Summer Schools focusing on creative design, drawing, and making techniques.

Since 2007 he has been a member of CoCoon, supervising Design-Build Projects and Summer Schools that follow an interdisciplinary Design-Build teaching model. He has been running academic Design-Build Projects in Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil and in Germany. Further information.


Florian Zwangsleitner, M.Sc., studied Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the TU Berlin, he also trained as an engineer in timber construction. He then worked as a landscape architect in Berlin.

He has been working at the Department of Landscape Construction at the TU Berlin as a teaching and research assistant since May 2016 where he supervises design projects and university seminars. He has been a guest lecturer and co-supervisor of several Summer Schools and Design-Build Studios.


Sonja Rozman, MSc landscape architecture, studied landscape architecture and planning at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Leibniz University Hannover. She worked as a freelance landscape architect in Ljubljana and later for Fugmann Janotta Partner in Berlin.

For several years she though portfolio courses to future landscape architecture students with a perfect success rate. She was also co-organizer of the international conference of landscape architecture students (ELASA) in Slovenia in 2012 with the focus on hand-drawing.

Since 2015 she is a part the Linescapes project (www.linescapes.de) and teaches the importance and implementation of drawing for architectural professions.

She has organized the summer school "Minds on Landscapes" in Sibiu, Romania and has cooperated with Universität Stuttgart and TU Berlin as an external professional and guest critic (all focused on hand-drawing and presentation techniques for students of planning professions).  


Gasper Habjanic, MSc landscape architecture, studied landscape architecture and planning at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the TU München.

In 2014 he obtained the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) Outstanding Student Award for the best master student of landscape architecture in Europe. Since 2015 he works as a landscape architect and design director at hochC Landschaftsarchitekten in Berlin.

In 2013 he founded the Linescapes project (www.linescapes.de). He teaches the importance and implementation of drawing for architectural professions. He is a regular columnist for the Land8 (www.land8.com) blog on the topic of hand drawing in landscape architecture.

As a part of Linescapes, he has cooperated with Stuttgart University and TU Berlin as an external professional and guest critic (with the focus on hand-drawing and presentation techniques).

Course fees

Registration for this course has now closed.

Course fees for Urban Spaces: Explore, Draw and Create are as follows:

Student: 720 Euro

Working professional/Non-student: 1120 Euro

The early bird discount is available for all participants until April 1st 2021.

Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrollment information) during the registration process.

Summer University Online: August 16th - 27th, 2021

3 ECTS credit points

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