Postgraduate Course: Urban Design Theory (ARHW11035)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course is based on student reading and presentation of key texts on urban design covering socio-economic perspectives, ecological perspectives, spatial perspectives and imagery. This is complemented by exercises which allow the students to develop a more detailed understanding of urban spatial structure and perception of urban space. Through these exercises students will explore the elements which make up the urban structure, and typologies of built form and open space; as well as ideas used in environmental perception including cognition, phenomenolgy, and spatial analysis techniques such as space syntax.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|No Exam Information
| Ability to compare and contrast urban design theories and literature
Understanding of how urban design theories have developed and their significance for current practice
Ability to apply urban design theories to complex real situations
Understanding of how social, political, economic and physical factors affect the layout and robustness of urban structure
Ability to evaluate areas of the urban structure with respect to selected design criteria
Knowledge and understanding of the issues which affect the perception of urban space
Ability to understand and apply evaluation techniques that are used to determine the qualities of urban space
¿ To develop an in-depth understanding of the complexity of urban design principles and processes based on a general awareness of the range of theories which support the discipline of urban design.
¿ To examine urban design from social, ecological, spatial and psychological perspectives.
¿ To assess the significance of those theories for contemporary practice.
¿ To develop an understanding of factors affecting the layout of the urban structure.
To introduce the principles of perception in urban space.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Nwola Uduku
Tel: 0131 651 5786
|Course secretary||Miss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773