SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
2012/2013, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
Our planet Earth is progressively urbanized, while undergoing ecological degradation and climate change. It is increasingly convinced that it should be a basic requirement for design and planning professionals to have the knowledge and tools necessary to address the environmental challenges confronting mankind. This six-week module is to familiarize you with current and emerging discourses and practices pertaining to sustainable cities/urban sustainability. It is composed of both lectures and seminars. The lectures will take place in the first three weeks, in which we will explore selected topics related to design and planning. In the second three weeks, we will learn from one another through the format of seminars, in which you will present your assignments and actively participate in group discussions. The purpose of this module is not only for you to learn about current and emerging solutions, but is also to inspire you to think critically into urban sustainability. We’d like you to nurture a habit to push the envelope in your future practices.
Arguably, the search for sustainable cities is essentially an inquiry into more balanced relationships between urbanism and nature. Therefore, this module also draws on theories from outside the design and planning discipline to provide conceptual frameworks for better understanding the interaction between nature and the built environment. While we focus on frameworks for thinking, the Asian context will be discussed throughout the course to reflect on the generic discourses and formulas generated from the developed Western world. With a focus on a more holistic exploration of urban sustainability, this module however does not intend to be comprehensive to cover every aspect in the design and planning of sustainable cities. It is expected that this module will help you draw your own map to discover specific solutions in specific contexts.
1. Students are expected to attend all lectures and seminars.
2. Be punctual to respect your instructors and fellow students.
3. Do not multi-task. If you really want to do something else during the class (including sleeping), do not come to the class. Physical attendance with an absent mind is not class participation.
4. Please refrain from using any devises that would make noise. The noise from typing can be quite disturbing. If possible, use a pen and a note pad to take notes.
5. Read all the required readings before the lecture.
6. Questions during and after the lecture are highly encouraged.
7. No extension of any deadlines for the assignments.
8. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week