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Postgraduate Course: Urban Conservation (ARCH11196)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore concepts and methodologies for integrated urban conservation considering ethical principles, relevant international charters, legislation and economic frameworks.
Course description Urban Conservation in Europe
Urban Conservation Principles
Methodology I, Site Analysis
Methodology II, Typology + Particularity
Problems and Opportunities
International Charters for Historic Settlements
Management and Finance: simulation exercise
Invited lectures
Project-specific lectures and seminars

1. To consider the historic built environment as a totality rather than an agglomeration of specific buildings
2. To analyse the impact of the general built environment on historic buildings and sites
3. To place architectural conservation within wider social and political concerns

Mode of delivery:
The first semester is lecture and seminar focused, whilst the second semester is project-based, in association with a local authority. This course combines lectures and project seminars with supporting site-visits to relevant case-studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 16, External Visit Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 12, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 100 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group report and analytical maps assessing an area's historical development, character, problems and opportunities, and conservation recommendations.

Learning outcomes are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative oral feedback is given throughout the course during project seminars and at the Interim Project Presentations.

After submission of coursework, written feedback and grades are given corresponding to each learning outcome.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical development of an area in its geographical, social and economic context.
  2. Gain knowledge of urban conservation methodologies for characterising an area with reference to its historical development, physical fabric and function as a community.
  3. Develop skills for the critical appraisal of the complex interaction of these factors and consequences for urban conservation decisions.
  4. Develop an understanding of the requirements of urban conservation management in general, and the strength of the social and economic components in particular.
  5. Display organisational, verbal and presentation skills specific to urban conservation.
Reading List
G.J. Ashworth. Heritage Planning: Conservation as the Management of Urban Change. Groningen: Geo Press, 1991.
P.J. Larkham. Conservation and the City. London: Routledge, 1996.
Philippe Panerai. Urban Forms: the Death and Life of the Urban Block. London Architectural Press, 2004.
R. Pickard (ed). Management of Historic Centres. London/New York: Spon, 2001.
Gerrit Schwalbach. Urban Analysis. Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhause, 2009
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Interdisciplinary team-work skills, organisational and presentation skills.
Special Arrangements The course has several half-day and day-long site-visits scheduled on Fridays. The project usually involves a week-long fieldtrip.
Keywordsconservation areas,historic settlements,integrated urban conservation,urban heritage
Course organiserDr Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica
Tel: (0131 6)51 5746
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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