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Postgraduate Course: Urban Project A (ARCH11223)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryUrban Project A serves as a preparation for the course Urban Project B and the latter's focus on developing urban analysis and a proposal for an urban project. In Urban Project A, the student is introduced to specialized urban theory developed in disciplines such as geography, sociology, political science and urbanism, and studies their application within the city.

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 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 Timetable (example, details tbc):
Week 1: Introduction, readings, discussion.
Week 2: seminar, lecture.
Week 3: seminar.
Week 4: seminar.
Week 5: lecture, seminar.
Week 6: Study trip (excursion) /Innovative learning week
Week 7.Assignment A: review & conclusions.
No attendance required for rest of semester after submission of Assignment for Assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Critical knowledge and understanding
- Assessed in Assignment A: Project Analysis Review

Understanding of concepts and theories
- Assessed in; interim presentation and Assignment A: Project Analysis Review

Communication of knowledge
- Assessed in Assignment A: Project Analysis Review
Feedback Not entered
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. 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.
  3. 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).
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).
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, team work, formulating and communicating a theoretical argument.
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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