CPT866 - Planning City Futures

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT866
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Professor Alison Brown
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

The problems facing cities in the 21st century are huge - rapid urbanization, pollution, climate change, poverty and exclusion etc. but increasing technical sophistication presents new understandings and opportunities for urban planning.  Planning City Futures embraces these challenges, providing a critical understanding of the nature and purpose of spatial planning in an international context.  Part 1 introduces the theoretical debates surrounding issues of globalization, governance and environment in different political, cultural and socio-economic urban contexts, followed by studies of sectoral planning for land, housing, transport, and infrastructure, within a rights-based critique.  Part 2 includes conference-style teaching on either housing policy in emerging cities or strategic urban planning.

On completion of the module a student should be able to


How the module will be delivered

 The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, and conference-style teaching.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Skills developed through the module include the development of an awareness of current drivers of urban changes, skills in understanding and critical analysis, and analytical, written and presentation skills.

How the module will be assessed

Group analysis and presentation - Group analysis and presentation (15%)
Individual essay -  Essay plus formative seminar (85%)


Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 15
Group Analysis And Presentation
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 85
Individual Essay
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

 Introduction:  theory, nature and purpose of planning- The urban challenge; history of urban settlements; utopian planning; imagining city futures.

Managing cities in a globalising world - world cities to neighbourhoods: institutions & actors; globalisation & its implications for city futures:role of international agencies; innovative approaches to planning; challenges of the 21st century.

Urban governance, networks and competitiveness - Defining urban governance, urban regime theory, good governance. Case Study, Malaysia

Urban sustainability- defining sustainable development; environmental problems in cities;  the green and brown agenda, climate change.

Property and Housing - Property development, land markets, housing and urban planning.  Case studies.

Housing Processes - Conference-style teaching

Economies and livelihoods -Role of urban economies in development; local economic development; informal economy, urban livelihoods. 

Sustainable transport: Planning for sustainable transport: transport and spatial form; mobility and access; travel demand; urban travel supply; intermediate transport, urban transport challenges; Curitiba.

Urban services: Issues in planning and upgrading of infrastructure and services.

Alternative city futures: Smart cities

Essential Reading and Resource List

Allen, T. and Thomas, A. (eds 2000) Poverty and Development into the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, 330.91724 P
Bulkeley, H. (2012) Cities and Climate change, Abingdon: Routledge, 363.73874 BUL
Davis, M. (2006) Planet of Slums, London, Verso 307.76 D
Jenkins, P., Smith, H, and Wang, Y-P. (2007) Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World, Routledge, London 307.76 J
Pieterse, E. (2008) City Futures: Confronting the crisis of urban development, London: Zed Publishing 307.76 PIE
Todaro, M. and Smith, S. (2011) Economic Development, London, Pearson, Addison Wesley (11th edition) 338.90091724 TOD
UN-HABITAT (2009) Planning Sustainable Cities, Global Report on Human Settlements, 2009, London, Earthscan, downloadable from http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=2831, also in library at 307.1216 PLA

Key Journals:

Environment and Urbanization
International Development Planning Review (formerly Third Wold Planning Review)
Habitat International
Planning Theory and Practice
Urban Studies

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