Postgraduate Course: Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing (ARHW11033)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS COURSE IS OWNED AND ADMINISTERED BY HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY.
This course addresses issues which build an understanding of what constitutes health in urban environments and what urban design processes and approaches contribute to providing the conditions for health and wellbeing. It covers a range of issues related to socio-economic, community, psychological and physical health. A series of two-week long sessions presenting key fundamental principles and examples of these issues, delivered by experts in each field illustrated with examples, will cover the following themes from the perspective of urban design:
- health & wellbeing;
- green and blue infrastructure;
- ecosystem frameworks & biodiversity;
- light, sound & noise;
- thermal comfort & microclimate (including wind, etc.);
- water sensitive urban design;
- transport and active living.
Students will develop their understanding of such issues in practice by analysing a specific urban design project from the perspective of the relevant themes from those covered.
- To provide students with an understanding of the range of social, economic and environmental issues that need to be considered by urban design in order to provide the basis for health and wellbeing.
- To apply knowledge from a range of professional and design disciplines in the assessment of conditions for health and wellbeing in urban design proposals and projects.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
||Formative coursework is prepared during the course to prepare for the exam.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills. You will develop an awareness of the range of urban design-related issues that affect health and wellbeing, and how designing for health and wellbeing fits into the wider theme of sustainability.
- Understanding of the key principles and approaches underpinning design for health and wellbeing, including socio-economic, community, psychological and physical health
- Ability to critically analyse the conditions for health and wellbeing in specific urban design proposals and projects
- Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning). You will develop the ability to draw relevant information from specific disciplines relevant to urban design (engineering, health, etc) and apply this to evaluation of urban design proposals and projects
- Understanding of social research methods which are relevant to measuring effects of urban design
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Soledad Garcia Ferrari
Tel: (0131 6)50 5689
|Course secretary||Miss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773