module specification

AR7052 - Urban Design (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Urban Design
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 200
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio - spring semester submission (Local Submisison) *FC*
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Monday Afternoon
Year City Thursday Afternoon
Year City Thursday Morning

Module summary

AR7052 Urban Design
This module provides an overview of urban design theory and practice which enables the student to produce a a project based portfolio of an aspect of urban design.
Assessment: Portfolio 100%

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

1. To provide students with an understanding of urban design.
2. To critically assess a range of elements and design methods of urban design
3. To enable students to prepare an urban design portfolio on an aspect of urban design or in relation to a specific urban design project or proposal.


The module would typically include consideration of:

Definitions and Perceptions of Urban Design

Scope of Urban Design

Urban design and city form – some history

Urban Design and Planning practice

Historic buildings and conservation

Urban design and sustainable communities - social and community infrastructure

Urban design, open space and landscape architecture

Zoning and mixed use

Planning for crime prevention

Learning and teaching

Discussions and seminars within the studio environment
Talks and workshops involving the student group, tutors and external input
Individual and group work, developing design scenarios and resources
Critical evaluation, individually, in discusion with tutors and in the context of the group
An individual reflective and iterative process
Individual development of an urban design portfolio

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will: (LO1) Be able to understand the theory and practice of urban design (L02) Be able to speculate upon and assess key elements of urban design, and (LO3) Demonstrate through the preparation of an urban design portfolio an ability to creatively and critically evaluate at least one key element of urban design.

Assessment strategy

Coursework: Portfolio (100%)


May include:
2009, The Draft London Plan, Greater London Authority GLA,
2003, Housing for a Compact City, Greater London Authority
BUCKMINSTER FULLER, R. 2001, Your Private Sky , Lars Muller Publishers
DEBORED, G., 1968, Society of the Spectacle, Lone Books
FORSHAW,J. & ABERCROMBIE, P.(1943) County of London Plan London Macmillan GLA,
GOLD, John The Experience of Modernism. Modern Architects and the Future City 1928-1953 (Spon
GOLD, John The Practice of Modernism. Modern Architects and Urban Transformation 1954-72
(Routledge 2007)
GRAAFLAND, A.,2000, The Socius of Architecture 010, Uitgeverij
HAYDEN, D. (1995) The power of place: urban landscapes as public history Cambridge: MIT Press
ISOCARP A Comparative Study of Urban Design in Selected Cities (Isocarp, The Hague 1992)
JELLICOE, G. & S.,1987, The Landscape of Man,Thames & Hudson
KOOLHAAS, R (1977) Delirious New York New York: Oxford Univ Press
KOOLHAAS, R (1995) S,M,L,XL Rotterdam: 010 Publishers
KOOLHAAS, R (2000) Mutations Barcelona; Actar
LEFAIVRE, L. & ROODE, I.,2002, Aldo Van Eyck: The Playgrounds And The City,NAi Publishers
MCDONOUGH, T, 2001, Guy Debord and the Situationist International, MIT Press
OLSEN, Donald The City as a Work of Art: London, Paris, Vienna (Yale 1986)
PINDER, David Visions of the City: Utopianism, Politics and Power in Twentieth Century Urbanism
(Edinburgh UP 2005)
PRICE, C.,2003, The Square Book, Wiley Academy
ROGERS, R & POWER, A., 2000, Cities For A Small Country, Faber & Faber
ROGERS, R, 1997, Cities For A Small Planet, Faber & Faber
ROSELL, Q., 2001, Remaking Landscapes, Gustavo Gill
SMITHSON, P. & A., 2004, The Charged Void: Urbanism, The Monacelli PressS
TRAUVEN, F., 1998 Aldo van Eyck, The Shape of Relativity, Architectura & Natura
TSCHUMI, B (1994) Event Cities Cambridge, MIT Press
URBAN TASK FORCE, 1989, Towards An Urban Reneissance, Spon
VILJOEN, 2005, CPULs: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes, Architectural Press
WURMANN, R.S.,1986, Louis Kahn: What will be has always been, New York: Access
MCDONOUGH, T, 2001, Guy Debord and the Situationist International, MIT Press

Further bibliography may be recommended by the Urban Design Units