Urban Landscape - ARCH8310

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) John Letherland checkmark-circle


This Module project explores broad scale issues of site and context, planning and place making. Students become familiar with relevant planning documents and learn to work as part of a team in developing design strategies and making planning proposals. Precedent studies play an important role in shaping strategic and tactical development. Communication skills are enhanced through classes including computing, and project presentations.

Urban Landscape is adapted from year to year to engage with a range of issues concerning urban landscapes and architecture and may explore topical sites within the region.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32 hours
Private study hours: 268 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Breheny M. (1992). Sustainable Development and Urban Form, Pion.
Brown S.A. (2001). Communication in the Design Process, Spon Press.
Coupland, A. (Ed). (1997). Reclaiming the City: Mixed Use Development, E & FN Spon.
Harris S & Berke D (eds). (1997). Architecture of the Everyday, Princeton UP.
Herzog, T. (Ed). (1996). Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning. Prestal Verlag.
Hughes, J & Sadler, S (eds). (2000). Non-Plan. Architectural Press Oxford.
Moughtin J.C. (1996) Urban Design: Green Dimensions. Butterworth Architecture.
MVRDV. (1999). Farmax 010.
New practice in urban design AD Profiles 105
Nijkamp & Perrels. (1990). Sustainable Cities in Europe, MIT.
Roberts P. & Sykes H. (ed.s). (2000). Urban Regeneration: a Handbook. Sage
Rogers R. (1997). Cities for a Small Planet, Faber & Faber.
Ward, C.& Hall P. (1999). Sociable cities. John Wiley & Sons.
Local District Plan of the area where the site is located. Publications by national strategic design bodies such as CABE, depending on project programme

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 An ability to work as part of a team (ARB DESIGN)
2 An understanding of the influences on the contemporary built environment of individual buildings, the design of cities, past and present societies and wider global issues.
(ARB C/C).
3 An understanding of the histories and theories of architecture and urban design, the history of ideas, and the related disciplines of art, cultural studies and landscape
studies and its application in critical debate (ARB C/C).
4 An ability to critically appraise and form considered judgements about spatial, aesthetic, technical and the social qualities of a design within the scope and scale of a
wider environment (ARB C/C).

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

1 An ability to apply project related research and analysis to the ideas, development and quality of the design project.
2 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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