CPT867 - Designing Cities

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT867
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Francesca Sartorio
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

This module aims at introducing IPD students to issues of urban design in global(ised) cities and at developing an understanding of the physical outcomes of high density and unequal development. Students will be introduced to the topic via frontal lectures and will proceed – over the course of two semesters – to produce a design addressing specifically the quality of the urban realm in global cities. The production of the design will entail competent and professional site analysis, the use of appropriate precedents, the exploration of alternative strategies and the crafting of a high density development scheme or regeneration scheme of a spontaneous settlement. 

This is an MSc IPD optional module and – together with CPT 805 Site planning, Design and Development - constitutes the ‘Urban Design Route’ offered to IPD students. The two modules are seen as synergic elements within a continuous learning process.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

Designing cities combines more traditional learning and teaching delivery modes with a typical studio format. It uses a mix of lectures, student-led seminars and studio sessions. Students will be given the possibility to attend training sessions on computer programme packages and basic skills in free hand sketching and in building physical models. This training should support their work on both Site planning, design and development and Designing cities. After this first set of sessions students on Designing cities will start to work on background research on the topic, its context and – at the appropriate time - a specific chosen site.


Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

There are three elements of assessment.  Detailed guidance on each assignment will be provided via Learning Central

Presentation 1  - 20%
Boards - Site Analysis - 30%
Boards - Preferred strategy/final layout - 50%

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




Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 20
Presentation 1
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 30
Boards - Site Analysis
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Boards - Preferred Strategy/final Layout
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Space of culture and cultural space; Planning cultures; Quality of life/quality of space; Cultural values of design principles; The Global(ised city) and its pitfalls; Issue for public space; Rights to the city/Rights to quality private and public space; Country specific issues (according to location of site)

Essential Reading and Resource List

Banerjee, T., Response to “Commentary: Is Urban Design Still Urban Planning?”: Whither Urban Design? Inside or Outside Planning?; Journal of the Planning Education and Research. ; 2011

Banerjee, T. and A. Loukaitou-Sideris, Companion to Urban Design (Eds.) ; London: Routledge; 2011 (307.1216 COM)
Banerjee, T., "Urban Outcomes of Globalization: Theory, Research, and Practice" ; Journal of Urban History, 34(6): 1044-1054; 2008

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)

Biddulph, M. J. (2001) Home Zones: A planning and design handbook, Bristol, Policy Press (711.58094B)

CABE (2004) Creating Successful Neighbourhoods: Lessons and actions for housing market renewal, London, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment(CABE) (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http:/www. cabe.org.uk/publications/creating-successful-neighbourhoods) (363.50942G)

CABE (2005) Better Neighbourhoods: Making high densities work, London, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment(CABE) (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http:/www.cabe.org.uk/ publications/better-neighbourhoods) (363.50942G)

Cuthbert, S (2003) DesigningCities: Critical readings in urban design, Oxford, Blackwell (307.1216 D)

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)

Knieling, J. und Othengrafen, F. (2009): Planning Cultures in Europe. Decoding Cultural Phenomena in Urban and Regional Planning, Farnham, Ashgate (307.1216 PLA)

Larice, M. and MacDonald, E. (2006) The Urban Design Reader, Urban Reader Series, London, Routledge (307.1216U)

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

Lynch, K. (1960) Image of the City, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press (Architecture 711.4 L)

Lynch, K. and Hack, G. (3rd Ed) (1984) Site Planning, London, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press (711.6L).

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)

Sanyal, B. (Ed.), (2005), Comparative planning cultures. New York: Routledge (307.12 C)

Urban Design Group (2002) Urban Design Guidance, Urban Design Frameworks, Development Briefs, and Master Plans, Thomas Telford (711.4U)

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