|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Andrea Frank|
The module introduces students to basic planning and plan making concepts through a mix of theory, knowledge and practice orientated teaching. There is a specific focus on concepts related to land use, settlement structure and the built environment. Students have to explore elements of the urban fabric, urban form, patterns of accessibility, land use, physical development and design in existing places as a precursor to producing a conceptual design of a “new neighbourhood.” Students will be introduced to observation techniques and methods for analysing and assessing urban settings in terms of aesthetic and functional qualities (permeability, legibility, etc). They also will be introduced to digital mapping resources (DIGIMAP) and graphic software applications. Problem solving approaches, team working, elementary drawing and various presentation skills are learnt in a series of workshops and activities that includes a mandatory ‘Charette weekend.’
The module is taught over one semester and is delivered via a mixture of lecture, workshop and laboratory sessions which require students to actively participate and engage with the subject. There is also a field visit and a compulsory weekend charette. Overall the module accrues a minimum of three contact hours per week, often more. The balance between lectures and lab/workshop activities will vary week by week. Some workshop activities will make use of specialist software and the computer facility of CPLAN, others require site visits for visual analysis of the built environment and development sites. Students will be required to explore the environment and document, analyse and assess observations. Students also have to conduct relevant supplementary reading. All work will feed into formatively and summatively assessed work. The weekend charette may be residential or may consist of two consecutive daytrips and is designed to get students started with their group coursework and assignment.
Whilst studying this module students will develop and practise the following;
Subject specific skills
Employability and transferable skills
The module will be assessed based on three pieces of work:
The site analysis coursework will assess students’ ability to apply observational and analytical techniques systematically to describe and evaluate the conditions on and around a future development site in respect to land use, transport networks, history, natural features and service provision. The coursework also assesses students ability to apply the skills / software taught on layout, poster design, drawing, sketching, analysing and synthesizing census, and other planning related data.
The Charette weekend assesses students’ professional attitudes and time management skills, their team building efforts, engagement with tools and techniques introduced, and their response to formative feedback.
The Neighbourhood Masterplan assignment assesses students’ ability to apply land use planning concepts and design principles using skills introduced during workshops, creativity sessions and the weekend retreat. It also assesses students’ ability in time management and effective group working. The group presentation assesses students’ oral presentation skills. Projects will be judged by the quality of graphic/written presentation as well as the reasoning and judgement employed for making land use and spatial arrangement decisions.
Throughout the module there will be many opportunities for students to receive formative feedback during the workshop sessions and the weekend charette when oral presentation, team working and problem-solving and creativity skills are being taught in a non-threatening supportive environment.
Coursework 1 - Site Context Analysis
Oral Group Presentation Of Project - Neighbourhood Master Plan
Participation/attendance Of Charette Weekend
** required/key readings
Please contact the module leader as early as possible if you require readings in an alternative format.