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TCP2006 : Design & Neighbourhood

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ali Madanipour
  • Lecturer: Mr Martin Bonner
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       Better understanding and knowledge of urban environment
•       Understanding the principles of design and good (residential) urban design
•       Understanding how to analyse a neighbourhood’s characteristics
•       Development of site analysis skills
•       Development of some urban design skills

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will contain a series of introductory lectures to introduce the students to the core information needed for the successful completion of the course. Students will then work on the analysis and development of design ideas for a neighbourhood on an urban site. The students will study an area where a neighbourhood has been extended by a volume house builder. This study will involve a site visit or undertaken virtually as a desktop study. A series of group-based tutorials will guide and develop the students' work.

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 course 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture33:009:00PiP lectures, or Synchronous introduction to sessions plus non-synchronous online learning material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops73:0021:00PiP or online group tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Site visit PiP or online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Critical analysis of a residential development and proposing alternative design concepts contribute to the understanding of the built environment, urban design principles, and urban design skills, as outlined in the learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002 posters (or an Illustrated essay up to 2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment methods are mainly based on present in person studio work. The project work develops the required analytical, problem solving and design skills and knowledge. (An alternative format of blended learning is also envisaged. The illustrated essay is proposed as an alternative if the public health circumstances limit studio work. It enables the students to analyse the built environment and propose alternative concepts for the design of a neighbourhood.)

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