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Postgraduate Course: Urban Project (ARCH11204)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course introduces students to the process of formulating an urban project within a specific urban context and framework, with an emphasis on researching and identifying issues with which to engage and develop a set of urban strategies and urban designs involving primarily local 'actors' and relevant publics, while relating to the specific social, economic, and environmental context. Methods and techniques of investigation, research and analysis are introduced and developed, as well as practice-related skills and knowledge. Students are expected to develop team working competencies, and present group work as well as individual reflective pieces for final assessment.

Aims of the course:

To give students an understanding of the broadness and complexity of themes, issues, processes, and actors within local urban settings, in which forms of urban strategic change (i.e. strategic, development, regeneration etc.) take place.

To provide students with a knowledge of the tools and methods by which to develop, plan and initiate multi-disciplinary urban projects, whether on a strategic or design scale.

To enable students to draw from the teaching, team working, and course tasks.

An ability to evaluate multi-faceted issues within an urban location, and with the application of gained theoretical knowledge and analytical practices, suggest practical strategies, in which to affect local engagement and forms of urban transformation.
Course description The course will be delivered as follows:

Weeks 1 - 5
Background Research, Analysis, & Project Conception
Project introduction, contextual research reading, tutorials and lectures. Identification of specific project theme.

Week 6
Interim review of analysis and project proposal

Weeks 7 - 11
Project Development, Realisation and Presentation
Project development, via workshops tutorials etc. Final project presentation.

End of Semester 2
Full project report and proposal submission

Timetable (example, details tbc):
Week 1: Introduction, readings, discussion.
Week 2: site visit, pre-arranged meetings on site, seminar, lecture.
Week 3: fieldwork, initial analysis (group work) tutorials, seminar.
Week 4: external visit, seminar.
Week 5: fieldwork, definitive analysis tutorials, lecture, seminar.
Week 6: Assignment 1: review (of analysis) & conclusions.
Week 7: project development workshop; seminar, lecture.
Week 8: initial project proposals & tutorials.
Week 9: project proposals tutorials.
Week 10: review (of project proposals); report workshop.
Week 11: organising and completing the report tutorials; concluding discussion.
Week 12: Assignment 2: Project Presentation & Report Submission.
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 Urban Design Theory (ARHW11035) AND Sustainable Design and Development (ARHW11036)) AND USD Dissertation (ARCH11201)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  32
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 64, Summative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 308 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment A - 25 % of the overall course mark
Assessment B - 75% of the overall course mark

Each assessment will be marked against all 4 learning outcomes, equally weighted.

Feedback Feedback for Assignment A around week 8.
Feedback to Assignment B following submission and assessment of the report.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding. To develop knowledge that covers and integrates the main areas regarding the city and the built environment, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.
  2. Application of theories and practices. An ability to plan and execute a significant project of investigation and development.
  3. Understanding of concepts and theories. The development of a critical knowledge and understanding of principle theories, concepts and principles regarding the city and the built environment.
  4. Communication of knowledge. The ability to communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise, including peers and specialists.
Reading List
Reyner Banham, Paul Barker, Peter Hall & Cedric Price, Non-Plan: An Experiment in Freedom, in: New Society, Vol. 13, No. 338, 20 March 1969, p. 435-443.
Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse, Margit Mayer (eds), Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (London: Routledge, 2011).
Peter Hall, Cities in Civilization (London: W&S, 1998).
David Harvey, Notes Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development, Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (London; New York: Verso, 2006).
David Harvey, Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (Oxford; Blackwell, 1996).
Tahl Kaminer, Heidi Sohn & Miguel R. Duran (eds), Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2011).
Henri Lefebvre, The Critique of Everyday Life, Vol. III: From Modernity to Modernism (Towards a Metaphilosophy of Daily Life) (London; New York: 2005).
Peter Marcuse, Do Cities Have a Future?, in The Imperiled Economy: Through the Safety Net, New York: Union of Radical Political Economists, 1988, pp. 189-200..
Margit Mayer, Contesting the Neoliberalization of Urban Governance, in Helga Leitner, Jamie Peck, and Eric S. Sheppard [eds.], Contesting Neoliberalism (New York; London: Guilford Press, 2006).
Lewis Mumford, The City in History, New York; London: A Harvest Book, 1989.
Lloyd Rodwin, The British New Towns Policy: Problems and Implications, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956.
Neil Smith, Uneven Development: Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space (Oxford; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1991).
Neil Smith, The Evolution of Gentrification, in Berg, J.J., Kaminer, T., Schoonderbeek, M., Zonneveld, J. [eds.], Houses in Transformation: Interventions in European Gentrification, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2008, pp. 15-25.
Manfredo Tafuri, Towards a Critique of Architectural Ideology, in: K. Michael Hays (ed.), Architecture Theory since 1968, Cambridge, MA; London: MIT Press, 2000.
Michael Young & Peter Willmott, Family and Kinship in East London, London; New York: Penguin, 2007
Sandercock, L, Making the Invisible Visible: A multicultural Planning History, University of California Press, California, 1998
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Urban analysis, multidisciplinary work, team work, formulating and communicating an urban project.
KeywordsUrban Design,Urbanism
Course organiserDr Soledad Garcia Ferrari
Tel: (0131 6)50 5689
Course secretaryMr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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