This course is a research and project-based programme; designed to assist the enhancement of the quality of our cities by bringing innovative design into a new relationship with the latest theoretical research on the special structure of urban form. The course provides students with an understanding of the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. It addresses urban design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments and responds to urban problems.
The course will enable you to develop the mechanisms and tools, which can effectively be implemented to secure and deliver projects for the long-term benefit of its city and people. It emphasises the importance of design creativity and focuses on drawing, physical and computer modelling as tools for analysis, exploration, communication and design.
Students will develop: the ability to plan and undertake an individual project interpersonal, communication and professional skills the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups the ability to exercise original thought design experimentation and creativity application of theory to specific projects
Previous dissertation projects have included: Eco Cities: The Search for Sustainable Urbanism The Urban Design of Innovation Tall Buildings and Urban Design