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Postgraduate Course: Urban Conservation (ARCH11196)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore concepts and methodologies for integrated urban conservation considering ethical principles, relevant international charters, legislation and socio-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 whole, rather than an agglomeration of specific structures
2. To analyse the impact of the general built environment on listed/designated historic buildings and sites
3. To place architectural conservation within a wider social and political context

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 case-studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: History and Theory of Conservation (ARCH11129)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  23
Course Start Semester 2
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) Project 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
Ashworth, G.J. Heritage Planning: Conservation as the Management of Urban Change. Groningen: Geo Pres, 1991
Cantacuzino, Sherban (editor). Architectural Conservation in Europe. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1975
Conzen, M. R. G. and J.V.R. Whitehand. The urban landscape: historical development and management. London: Academic Press, 1981
Choay, Fran├žoise. The invention of the historic monument [translated by Lauren M. O'Connell]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
Girouard, Mark. Cities and People: A social and architectural history. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985
Hall, Edward T. The hidden dimension. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966
Larkham, Peter. Conservation and the city. London: Routledge, 1996
Lynch, Kevin. The image of the city. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1960
Norberg-Schultz, Christian. Genius Loci: Towards a phenomenology of architecture. London: Academy Editions, 1980
Panerai, Philippe et al. Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block. London: Architectural Press, 2004
Papageorgiou, Alexander. Continuity and change: preservation in city planning [translated by Gerald Onn]. London: Pall Mall Press, 1971
Pickard, Robert (editor). Management of Historic Centres. London and New York: Spon Press, 2001
Schwalbach, Gerrit. Urban Analysis. Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhauser, 2009
Simmel, Georg, David Frisby, and Mike Featherstone. Simmel on Culture: Selected Writings. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1997
Sitte, Camillo. City planning according to artistic principles [translated by George R. Collins and Christiane Crasemann Collins]. New York; London: Random House, 1965
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis, interdisciplinary team-work skills, organisational and presentation skills.
Keywordsconservation areas,historic settlements,integrated urban conservation,urban heritage
Course organiserDr Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica
Tel: (0131 6)51 5746
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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