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Postgraduate Course: Urban Design Theory (ARHW11035)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe 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.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing (ARHW11033) AND Strategic Spatial Vision Project (ARHW11037) AND Sustainable Design and Development (ARHW11036) AND Urban Project (ARCH11204)) AND USD Dissertation (ARCH11201)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Learning Outcomes
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.

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Course organiserDr Nwola Uduku
Tel: 0131 651 5786
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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