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TCP2006 : Design & Neighbourhood

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop a better understanding of urban environment
To develop some urban design knowledge and skills

Residential neighbourhoods take up the majority of developed land and we spend long periods of our lives within them. When thoughtfully designed they can provide a backdrop to an enjoyable life. Badly designed neighbourhoods on the other hand can make even the simplest, everyday activity seem a strain. Moreover how neighbourhoods are designed can open up, or shut off, opportunities for the people who live in them; for example opportunities to lead more sustainable and healthy lives. This module will demonstrate the consequence of different types of residential layout design and the factors that need to be taken into account when designing for the future, or trying to improve places which are already built. Also while the term neighbourhood is commonly used defining ‘neighbourhood’ in itself can be difficult and students will be introduced to the complexities of this issue.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will contain a series of introductory lectures to introduce student to the core information needed for the successful completion of the module. Student will then work in small groups on a project which will involve the analysis and development of design ideas for a neighbourhood ascribed to the group. A series of group based tutorials will guide and develop student work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture123:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Undertaking a design project will develop the appreciation of the urban environment and urban design knowledge and skills

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Site Analysis and Final Project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed by a design project, which includes group and individual contributions. The project involves continuous review and feedback at weekly project meetings, an interim formal review, and the final submission of design boards and oral presentation. It will be assessed on the basis of three criteria: how well the place has been analysed, the quality of design ideas, and the graphic and verbal presentation of the project work.

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