|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Peter Mackie|
Sustainability is not a new concept but it has reached increasing prominence over recent decades and it continues to be a global policy priority. This module critically examines the ways in which the renewal and development of housing and communities contributes to sustainable development. The module explores the roles of individuals, communities, organisations and governments in shaping this agenda. Students are assessed through an innovative digital case study.
The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and a one-day field trip.
Skills practised and developed through the module will include:
Students will be assessed through two mechanisms. The first is a formative piece of assessment where students will be required to work in small groups during seminars to prepare a brief presentation on the methods they will use to assess the sustainability of a housing or regeneration scheme. Feedback on the presentation will assist students in the development of their individual digital case study assignments where they will use these methods to produce an assessment of a scheme of their choice. A digital case study is a set of still images (i.e. photographs of a development) set alongside a narrative and produced as a single video. Sufficient time is set aside to introduce the assignment and provide students with support. The digital case study will constitute the only summative assessment for this module.
Informal presentation (0%)
Digital case study (100%)
Digital Case Study
The module is open to students with no existing background in regeneration, housing or sustainability studies. It begins with an introduction to the key principles, particularly those of sustainable development. Students are also given a basic introduction to the innovative form of assessment in the first lecture. The module is then split into two sections.
In the first half of the module we will look at the sustainable regeneration of existing homes and communities, with reference to both UK regeneration programmes and international case studies of inner city regeneration. At the half-way point in the module, students will be involved in a one-day field trip where they have an opportunity to explore principles in practice.
The second half of the module includes a detailed introduction to the digital case study task before going on to explore the sustainability of new housing and community development. We will examine mainstream and alternative approaches to housing development, the Code for Sustainable Homes and the role of the individual in sustainability debates. The module ends with a focus on international examples of Eco-towns and Cities in China and Europe.
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Golland, A. and Blake, R. (2004) Housing Development: Theory, process and practice. London: Routledge
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Smith, N. (1996) The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City, London, Routledge
WWF-UK (2004) Building Towards Sustainability: Performance and Progress among the UK’s leading housebuilders, London: WWF.