|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K490|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Andrea Frank|
This module provides an opportunity for students to work in groups and to identify planning and development problems in respect to either developing new eco-cities or the transition of existing cities and metropolitan areas to low-carbon, sustainable places. . After participating in a real practical eco-city project, the students are to provide reports to local planning, NGOs or development authorities. This module will deploy skills in problem-definition; and develop knowledge of procedures and practice within a low carbon eco-city development; engage in appropriate reflection of social, economic and environmental issues; and appreciate the operational context within which the report will be delivered. Groups will be required to make group presentations of their work to an audience of staff, practitioners, and clients; and to write a final project report or produce a plan based on their findings.
The module consists of a series of lectures and seminars to introduce planning approach for low carbon eco-city, background of the live project; and supervisory (surgery) sessions assisting students with project completion. Students are required to participate in the field trip to understand and to identify the impacts and problems in practical planning and development of eco-cities. Students are required to form groups to address the tasks of the ‘live project’.
Field Research skills
Group working skills
Written, oral and graphic communication
Collaborative problem solving
Creative and efficient group work and project management
Preparation of a written report
The module requires students to form small groups.. Each group should identify a topic of low carbon, sustainable eco-city planning and development, which should be initially discussed and agreed with the client by lecturer. Each group is required to develop a plan, or a model, or set of policies that seek to resolve the planning or development problems of a low carbon eco-city in the real world based on the knowledge from the classes.
The students need to do group presentation, and then provide a written report (or plan) to client.
Since the coursework is mainly group work, the student will complete the “Group work Feedback Form”. If team members feel that one (or more) members are not contributing properly to the group work, they can indicate this via the form. The mark of individual group members may be moderated based on peer feedback.
The opening weeks of the module will explain the project brief(s) and group working. Students will work on the interpretation of the brief, devise group working practices, identify secondary data sources, map gaps in knowledge and agree how those will be covered, and finalise their project aims and time plan. Outputs from the project will also need to be agreed. Much of the module will take place as a field study visit.
Dessler, A. & Parson, E. A., 2010. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change. A Guide to the Debate. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dunn, N., Cureton, P. & Pollastri, S., 2014. Future cities: a visual history of the future. [Online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/357790/14-814-future-cities-visual-history.pdf [Accessed 01 10 2014].
Lehmann, S. (2012), The Principles of Green Urbanism: transforming the city for sustainability, London, Earthscan
Schön, D. (1995), The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action, Aldershot : Arena
UN HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) (2011) Cities and Climate Change- Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 (http://mirror.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=3085)
Wong, T, and Yuen, B. (2011). Eco-city Planning Policies, Practice and Design. London: Springer.
Background literature will be identified in conjunction with the field trip