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Module

TCP2006 : Design & Neighbourhood

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ali Madanipour
  • Lecturer: Mr Martin Bonner
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture30:301:30Synchronous introduction to sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:307:30Non-synchronous learning material on three main themes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching63:0018:00Online group tutorials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Site visit, present in person or online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Illustrated essay up to 2500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MQuizzes set in relation to the learning outcomes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment methods are based on blended learning. Quizzes are milestones that test and develop the learning objectives, and the illustrated essay enables the students to analyse the built environment and propose alternative concepts for the design of a neighbourhood.

Reading Lists

Timetable