CPT805 - Site Planning, Design & Development

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT805
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Professor Alison Brown
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of site planning and urban design for the development process. The module explores key concepts, ideas and standards that shape approaches to site planning and design. It considers the position of design in the UK planning system and looks at mechanisms available to planners to influence design such as development plans policies, supplementary guidance and development briefs.

The module has a strong practical element, developing students’ graphic, site appraisal, and design skills through practical exercises, in order to build an awareness of the 3-D environment, and develop presentation skills.  Students will be asked to undertake a site analysis, and a housing site layout or appraisal for residential / mixed use development. 

This is a core module for MSc Spatial Planning and Development, and an option for MSc International Planning and Development (IPD). For MScIPD, if the module is taken with CPT867 Designing Cities  it constitutes the ‘Urban Design – International’ route; it can also be taken as an option on the ‘General’ MScIPD route.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

Site Planning, Design and Development is taught over two Semesters, using a mixture of lectures, specialist teaching, and revisions sessions (where students must take an active role in seeking guidance on work in progress; during each revision students will be seen in groups of 5-6 and receiving feedback on their work). 

Skills that will be practised and developed

 Whilst studying this module, students will practice and develop skills 2D and 3D understanding of the built environment features, and reflective skills.

  1. Ability to respond positively and creatively to development constraints
  2. Site appraisal, development evaluation, design, plan drawing and presentation techniques;
  3. Sketching, 2D and 3D drawing preparation and presentation;
  4. Understanding of values /attitudes that underpin current theory and practice in design and development;
  5. Awareness of, and respect for, differences in professional and public values in relation to design of the built environment;

How the module will be assessed

Analysis SWOT Strategy - City Centre - Site analysis, SWOT appraisal and preferred strategy (50%)

Development Layout/assessment - Housing mixed use site layout 

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 50
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Development Layout/assessment
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Content will cover:Urban space & block structure; typologies; townscape; legibility; use patterns; density, scale & massing; hierarchy; the UK design agenda.

Autumn Semester

Five 2-hour lectures.  Three specialist 4-hour training sessions on: freehand sketching and model-building; computer-aid approaches to urban design. Site analysis, SWOT appraisal and preferred strategy (Learning Outcome 1, 2); First Assignment - Presentation (50% of module marks).

Spring Semester

 Four 2-hour lectures; revision sessions. Housing/mixed use site layout, OR design appraisal (Learning Outcomes 3, 4, and 5); Second Assignment (50% of module marks

Essential Reading and Resource List

Bentley, I. et al (1985) Responsive Environments: A manual for designers, Oxford, Butterworth Architecture (711.4R main and short loan)

Biddulph, M. J. (2006) Introduction to Residential Layout, Oxford: Architectural Press (711.58 B)

Carmona, M. (2001) Housing Design Quality: Through policy, guidance and review,  London, Spon Press (711.58094C main and short loan)

CABE / DTLR 2000, By Design: Urban design in the planning system, London, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment  (CABE), Tonbridge, Thomas Telford (711.4B, main and short loan)

Cowan, R. (ed) (2002) Urban Design Guidance: Urban design frameworks, development briefs and master plans, London, Thomas Telford, (711.4U)

Cullen, G. (1961) Concise Townscape, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (Architecture 711.4C)

DfT, DCLG, CABE (2007) Manual for Streets, www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/manforstreets/

DfT, DCLG, CIHT (2007) Manual for Streets 2: Wider Application of the Principles, (711.74 MAN)

Essex Planning Officers’ Association (2005) Essex Design Guide Chelmsford, Essex County Council and Essex Planning Officers Association (711.58094E)

Llewelyn-Davies (2000), The Urban Design Compendium, London, English Partnerships/Housing Corporation (711.4L)

Mehta, V. (2013) The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space, Abingdon: Routledge, 307.76 MEH

Punter, J.V. and Carmona, M.C. (1997) The Design Dimension of Planning: Theory, content and best practice for design policies, London, E and FN Spon (711.10942P short loan)

Southworth M. and Ben-Joseph E. (2003) Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities (711. 74S)
Urban Task Force (1999) Towards an Urban Renaissance: Final report of the Urban Task Force, London, Spon Press (307.1216U)
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