APL1001 : Alternative Practice: Histories

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce the idea of alternative practices with reference to their historical context.
To introduce and critique ideas of urban utopia.
To introduce and critique the idea of professional intervention in the built environment.
To introduce ways in which values and ethics in the built environment have shifted over time.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introducing traditional ideas of the ideal city, to include: historic utopias (for example the ancient, classical and renaissance city); socialist, anarchist and philanthropic ideas; modernist calls to order; plan and non-plan; globalisation, community and security.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private study provides additional depth regarding historical awareness of planning interventions. Fieldwork, an urban walkabout, engages students directly with the consequences of different forms of planning thought and intervention.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1001500 word
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An essay will allow the student to explore an investigate one aspect of alternative practice in relationship to architecture and planning in detail.

Reading Lists