CPT870 - Space and Place: International Planning Practice

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT870
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Professor Alison Brown
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2015/6

Outline Description of Module

This module explores contemporary challenges and opportunities in creating space and place in modern cities, in contexts of rapid city growth, urban obsolescence or environmental decline, and where emerging technologies create the potential to support innovative planning and design approaches.  With a focus on district and neighbourhood-level planning, and case studies of urban regeneration, the module takes a comparative international approach to planning practice. 

Part 1 considers the building blocks for creating vibrant space and attractive places, discussing the legislative, land, and institutional context of planning practice. Part 2 considers the challenges of upgrading for low-income or slum communities, and the role of participatory planning, in contexts where resource constraints are an issue. Part 3 explores problems of design-led regeneration through a field trip to a UK city as the basis for the coursework submission.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  1. Understand current debates on critical issues and new opportunities planning practice;
  2. Evaluate the legislative, regulatory and institutional frameworks of planning in a given context, and the extent to which it address modern urban challenges;
  3. Assessing of issues of rights and power, and the value of participatory planning in planning approaches;
  4. Explore physical planning and design-led solutions to contemporary planning problems;
  5. Critically assess different approaches to urban upgrading and renewal in a selected city context.

How the module will be delivered

Parts 1 and 2 will be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars.  Part 3 will consist of a 3-day field trip to a UK city and guided coursework submission.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Skills developed through the module include:

  1. The development of analytical, written and presentation skills for urban planning,
  2. Upgrading approaches for an existing urban area, and
  3. The preparation and submission of professional reports.

How the module will be assessed

Individual Report - 100%

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
Written Assessment 50
Individual Report- Report To Consultancy Standard (linked To Field Study Visit)
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Individual Essay
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Challenges:Planning practice in a changing world: Planning practice as mediator of urban change; managing growth – urbanisation and migration; relations between the state, society and the professions; actors in planning & regeneration – the state, private sector and civil society, emerging technologies

Regulatory frameworks for planning:Planning and government structures, legislation in the urban context, legal empowerment, legislation in Dar es Salaam. Municipal finance; national/municipal fiscal relations; sources of municipal finance; privatisation of municipal services.

Land and property:Land market theory and practice, land development processes, urban land markets, land speculation, land regulation-registration, tenure, taxation; land readjustment, land use regulation; Lesotho case study

Drivers of regeneration, planning and design, tools & standards:  Concepts and approaches to urban regeneration; financing development, public private partnerships; design-led development; planning standards, housing standards & built form; rights of way; e-Planning.

Rights and Participation:'Right to the City' agenda, human rights; Henri Lefebvre, the R2C in practice – international and city charters; the R2C in Latin America; approaches to participation

Urban regeneration in developed country contexts: Challenges and procedures.  Managing development in historic towns.  Introduction to field study visit.

Urban upgrading & design in low income areas:Growth of slums; tenure regularisation; slum upgrading; participatory planning. Challenges of new urban shelter provision; programme management; site design; integration with existing areas; financing. Case Study: CLIFF (community-led planning)

Planning for public space:Theoretical concepts, Public space design & management – examples from UK; Social & cultural influences on public space use; Public space and urban livelihoods, social action & SEWA

Essential Reading and Resource List

Fernandes, E. and Varley, A. (eds) (1998) Illegal Cities: Law and urban change in developing countries, London: Zed 347.34I

Jenkins, P., Smith, H, and Wang, Y-P. (2007) Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World, Abingdon: Routledge 307.76 J

Kitchen, T. (2006) Skills for Planning Practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan  307.1216 K

Payne, G. and Majale, M. (2004), The Urban Housing Manual: Making regulatory frameworks work for the poor, London, Earthscan 363.58091 P

UN-HABITAT (2009) Planning Sustainable Cities, Global Report on Human Settlements, London, Earthscan, downloadable from http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=2831, also in library at 307.1216 PLA



International Development Planning Review (formerly Third Wold Planning Review)

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

International Planning Studies

Planning Theory and Practice

Urban Studies

Background Reading and Resource List

ISOCARP (2008) International Manual of Planning Practice, ISOCARP (4th edition) (International Society of City and Regional Planners) (711.1 INT)http://www.isocarp.org/index.php?id=141

Hamdi, N. and Goethert, R. (1997) Action Planning: A guide to community practice, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons (309.262 H)

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