The reading of texts on and about architecture and the city is one of the foundations for the work of architects and urban planners. Acquiring knowled- ge about topics and debates – and perhaps even writing one‘s own contributions to current debates – assists in understanding and approaching the complex and broad field of the city, its develop- ment, and its manifold facets.

The critical reading of specialist literature, current trade journals, as well as current daily newspapers and articles on the internet is part of the everyday life of every architect and urban planner, and should thus be perceived as one of the working methods of architects and urban planners.

The aim of the elective is to convey the basics of analytical reading and writing (both descriptive and analytical). This includes scientific work methods, acquiring and understanding terms and debates – both current and historical – as well as writing met- hods and tools.