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ENVS 2006 Urban Design: Theory to Practice

Overview

This module provide students with an introductory yet comprehensive overview of urban design theory and provides an opportunity to turn urban design theory into practice through the completion of an urban design project

Teaching and Learning Methods

Knowledge is imparted through a lecture course and developed through individual and group project work. The course includes attendance at a series of tutorials and reviews.

Aims & Outcomes

The course aims to provide students with an introductory yet comprehensive overview of urban design theory. It also provides an opportunity to turn urban design theory into practice through the completion of one project in three parts.

The first - quick-fire - element is concerned with releasing your innate creativity. The second is concerned with a complimentary but very different set of skills - your analytical skills. A third part brings these two critical dimensions of urban design practice together as a means to understand and propose creative place-making solutions in a complex urban context.

The course illustrates the potential of design as a creative problem solving process, a process necessary to deliver the types of public and private investments in the built environment that will continue to return value to their users and investors over the long-term. In achieving this, the course provides a basic grounding for the exploration of urban design issues in greater depth through the Urban Design Specialism. It also provides a stepping off point for thinking creatively about planning at a larger spatial scale and for more detailed discussions about the nature of urban design as a critical process in the production of sustainable urban outcomes.

Staff

Professor Matthew Carmona
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Indicative Reading

Carmona M, Tiesdell S, Heath T and Oc T (2010) Public Places - Urban Spaces, The Dimensions of Urban Design (Second Edition), Oxford, Architectural Press

Carmona M & Tiesdell S [Eds] (2007) Urban Design Reader, Oxford, Architectural Press