15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module builds on the first semester and applies knowledge to a contemporary spatial growth challenge in an international city. Through a case study approach, with a field trip to an international city, the module focuses on understanding morphological growth patterns, mapping contemporary challenges and investigating new models of growth. This will include a focus onsite appraisal, strategic framework development, visioning and design development. It will discuss the evolution of urban form framed around a range of key urban theories, enabling exploration of areas such as growth patterns, critical regeneration and development, eco-districts and the development of ideas around public-realm

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students in USP. Students taking TRP635 must also take TRP634 Contemporary Urbanism

Teaching Methods: The module is focused around a one-week field class in Europe. Students will be prepared for this through sessions in the preceding weeks, and through relevant reading. In the field students will work on tasks in small groups, as well as meet with a range of relevant stakeholders and undertake a range of site visits to contextualise the case study site(s). Lectures Provide a background to the case study country and field location, introducing students to key national and local urban growth challenges and highlighting potential field study tasks. These lectures will also make links to wider academic literature on contemporary urban challenges and new models of growth. Design workshops Each group will have two 1-hour meetings with the module leader to develop and gain feedback on their site work and appraisal. Field work Fieldwork will involve visits around the study area, followed by small group (approx. 4-5 students) work. Each group will be allocated a tutor from the teaching staff in the field who will meet on a daily basis with the group and oversee the field work. Independent study (individual and group-based) will form a significant element of teaching for the module. Students will be expected to meet regularly in their small fieldwork groups to design their field project and to read widely around the literature concerning their projects. Interactive learning materials will be provided on course Blackboard site....
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK