CP0322 - Design, Development and Control

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0322
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Professor John Punter
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

This module explores the design dimension of current planning and development practice, and associated issues of investment and development objectives and processes.  It reviews the continuing debate over central government design advice, the development of design principles, and the role of design in local development frameworks. It considers how to write design policies and supplementary design guidance, including design strategies, guides, conservation area appraisals and especially development briefs.  It looks at how design is dealt with in development management and in design review procedures. Issues surrounding the design of commercial office and retail development and the requirements of investors, developers, tenants and consumers are examined in some detail.  Attention is also given to housing design in both the private and social sectors examining issues of layout, construction, diversity and the management of quality.  Students will be given the opportunity to improve their graphic and document production. This module will be a useful introduction for those interested in undertaking urban design as a specialised study at Masters level.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be presented through a mixture of lectures, student-led seminars and site visits. The lectures will present the basic ideas and thinking and show how the key concepts are applied in practice to a range of urban settings, in different types and forms of policy and guidance and to different types of development. The student-led seminars will allow students to practice the thinking in relation to a number of discrete projects. Site visits will allow students to see how the thinking has been applied in particular settings and to experience the results, whilst they will also meet and learn from practitioners using the concepts in practice.

Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

Students will be assessed through 2 exercises:

Exercise 1: Student seminar 20% Students will participate in a presentation and discussion evaluating the design of recent developments in Cardiff or Newport.

Exercise 2: Individual Report (80% 3000 words or equivalent in images and diagrams)

Students will be given a choice of three exercises to complete. Either identify a significant recently-completed or nearly completed development which you consider has interesting aspects of design (good or bad) or a recently completed or nearly completed development which displays high sustainability credentials ordevelopments in a conservation area of your choice. Students will systematically make an overall assessment of the design quality of development highlighting both strengths and weaknesses and discuss briefly what contribution the planning system and policy context made to achieving design or development quality.

More detailed briefs for these exercises will be circulated.

Type of assessment




(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment



Evaluating the design of recent developments in Cardiff or Newport

45 minutes seminar

During the module

Individual report


Student to determine through the brief


End of the module

The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 20
Evaluating The Design Of Recent Developments In Cardiff Or Newport
N/A 1 N/A
Report 80
Design, Development And Control Report
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Urban design principles. Design and the development process. How to evaluate design quality: Using Quality Reviewer. Building for Life criteria and assessments. Design in the development management process. Design policies in development plans. Design guidance. Design Strategies. Retail Development. Housing development and design. Sustainable design and construction. Master planning. Development Briefing. The urban renaissance. Site visits.


Essential Reading and Resource List

Carmona M, Punter J and Chapman D (2002) From design policy to design quality, London: RTPI

Carmona M. et al (2003) Urban Places Public Spaces, London, Architectural Press

Cowan, R (2002) Urban Design Guidance, London: Urban Design Group

**Cowan R. et al. (2010) Quality Reviewer, London, Telford.

DETR (2000), By Design: Urban Design in the Planning System: Towards Better Practice, London, Telford.

Department for Transport/CLG (2007) Manual for Streets, London, Thomas Telford.

**English Partnerships/Housing Corporation (2002/2007) Urban Design Compendium, Vols 1 & 2, London EH/HC.

**Hall T. (2007) Turning a Town Around. Oxford, Blackwell.

**Hopkins, O (2012) Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon, London: Laurence King (nice book to buy and keep which shows you how to look at and discuss buildings from different periods)

Punter, J.V. and Carmona, M.C. (1997), The Design Dimension of Planning: theory, content and best practice for design policies, London, E&FN Spon.

Punter, J (2010) Urban Design and the British Urban Renaissance, London: Routledge

Tiesdell S. and Adams D. (2010) Urban design in the real estate development process, London, Wiley.

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