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TCP8090 : Principles and Practice of Urban Design (MAUD)

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tim Townshend
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To gain an awareness of design issues in the built environment.
2. To set the work of urban designers within the broad context of the development processes and products involved in the creation of the built environment.
3. To familiarise future urban designers with the disciplines involved in change in the built environment, and where they fit in.

This is a lecture based module involving a number of practitioners from various specialist fields in the built environment, aiming to familiarise and bring awareness to students on a variety of aspects of urban design as well as make links between contemporary theory and issues, and design practice. The assessment of the module is design to promote these links. The module comprises of theoretical as well as practical issues and is available as optional to a variety of related courses

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes of lectures:

Week 1-Introduction to Urban Design
Week 2-Economics and Effective Urban Design
Week 3-Sustainable Movement
Week 4-Five Star Public Sapce
Week 5-Landscape Urbanism
Week 6-Practitioner session
Week 7-Digital Civics
Week 8–Urban Regeneration
Week 9–Living Streets
Week 10–Urban Design, Health and well-being
Week 11-Assessment surgery)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC8113Urban Performance Simulation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide an introduction to the subject matter. The lectures are interactive and include discussion at various key points and at times workshop activities which is fruitful due to the multidisciplinary nature of the module as well as the guest lecturers. The essay offers students the opportunity to investigate deeper into one of the subjects that has interested them from the lectures and also to develop skills in reflexivity, research and writing.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M1004 x 500 word commentaries posted on the blog; & 1 x 500 word reflection
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment Criteria are aligned with criteria for assessing academic writing in postgraduate level.
-Structure and reflexivity of blog posts
-Robustness of argument and reflexivity of comments on others perspectives adding value
-Links to lectures and relevant literature
-Adding value to the topic referred to by the blog posts by bringing in new and substantiated perspectives and sources
-Presentation including illustration and language
-Quality of referencing (Harvard Style)
-Unique personal critical and constructive viewpoint presented in commentary of overall experience
-Participation to the blog, management, attendance and frequency of posting

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