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TCP7024 : Conservation and the City

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor John Pendlebury
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrew Law, Dr Loes Veldpaus
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To gain an understanding of conservation approaches and principles in relation to the historic city
To develop a critical observational capacity with regard to the issues surrounding the notions of urban heritage and heritage management
To understand the relationship between the heritage and the planning system

Since the 1980s conservation of the historic environment has been established as a virtually unchallenged planning policy. Whilst this applies in cities, towns, villages and the countryside, this module looks at conservation principally through the lens of the city. Cities present a particularly complex and rich cultural heritage & are perhaps the site of greatest conflict. The module will be a mixture of quite theoretical & very practical perspectives on the nature of urban heritage, how planning for it has developed, why we conserve it and who for.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.Defining Urban Heritage
2.Planning and Conserving the Historic City
3.Integrated Conservation
4.The Uses of Urban Heritage
5.Mid Term Seminar: discussion of learnings / readings
6.Design in the Historic City and Regulating the Historic City
7.Informed conservation
8.Conservation, regeneration, and social inclusion
9.Claiming and branding the Historic City
10.End of Term Seminar: Recap and discussion

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:0023:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course is composed of a series of lectures, discussion sessions, and reflective assignments. The lectures are broken up between moments of straightforward teaching and more seminar style sessions, where the theoretical and practical concepts will be unpacked and discussed. In this way, via a combination of traditional teaching, seminar style lectures and reflective assignments, the aims and learning outcomes of the course are adequately met, since the course seeks to encourage students to develop and independent and critical approach to the material and the issues covered.

The intention is to deliver all contact time through PiP (it didn’t run in 20-21), but in the event of this not being possible, it would be relatively straightforward to move this module on-line.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M601500 word essay
Report1M40Reflection on learning and reading
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective assignments will help the students to engage with the reading and unpack the practical and theoretical issues around urban heritage, and develop a position. The essay allows the students to then develop their thinking around heritage in relation to a specific thematic, and use examples from policy and practice to illustrate their points. It requires students to engage with the aim of the module to develop a critical observational capacity with regard to the issues surrounding the notions of urban heritage, heritage management, and conservation planning

Reading Lists