Urban Intervention - ARCH5570

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Nikolaos Karydis checkmark-circle


This module engages students in the re-design of an existing urban centre or locality, orientated around issues of social, economic and environmental sustainability as they are interpreted in urban and architectural design. Starting with urban analysis, the project develops through a series of scaled responses and strategies, developing an overall programmatic vision for the locality. The project culminates in a detailed urban design presentation that responds to the specific character of the site, making detailed proposals for public realm, demolitions and infill proposals, which also relate to broader sustainable concerns. This practical design project is supported by lectures seminars and tutorials which will provide an overview of the development of competing theories of urban design and masterplanning, introducing distinctive contemporary urban plans, as well as a consideration of their historical provenance, regulatory, historical, theoretical, ergonomic, and aesthetic principles.. Workshops and tutorials will also cover the technical and environmental specification of sustainable urban design at various scales, including microclimate, artificial and natural light in public spaces, landscape and water strategies, planting and greenery, material specifications, vehicular and traffic management and public space and pedestrian use.


Contact hours

Total contact time: 65 hours
Total private study: 235 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Proposal Submission (100%)

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Gehl, J., (2001). Life Between Buildings. Arkitektens Forlag: Skive.
Hall, Peter. (1998). Cities in Civilisation. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
Jacobs, J., (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Penguin Books: London.
Llewelyn Davies (2007) Urban Design Compendium. Urban Design Alliance
Lynch, Kevin (1964). The image of a city. MIT Press
Ritchie, Adam & Thomas Randall. (2013). Sustainable Urban Design. Taylor & Francis. Abington.
Roberts, M., Greed, C. (ed.), (2001). Approaching Urban Design. Longman: Harlow.
Rowe, Colin and Koetter, Fred. (1978). Collage City. Cambridge, Mass: MIT.
Sennett, Richard. (2003). Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Tarbatt, J. (2012). The Plot - Designing diversity in the built environment: a manual for urban designers, architects and planners. London: RIBA Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 Adequate knowledge of the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach. [GC2.3]
2 Knowledge of the creative application of such work (the fine arts) to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualization and representation.[GC3.3]
3 Knowledge of theories of urban design and the planning of communities. [GC4.1]
4 Knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment. [GC4.2]
5 An understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design. [GC5.2]
6 An understanding of the way in which buildings fit into their local context. [GC5.3]
7 An understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively. [GA2]
2 Be self- critical and understand one's strengths and weaknesses. [D15]
3 Use images as a communication tool. [D16]


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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