SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
2014/2015, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
The module engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design and development in urban settings. The new commitment of the co-habitation of nature and built environment has drawn attentions of the architects, urban designers and environmental professionals. The discourses of urban sustainability have to move away from social sufficiency, ecological efficiency to ecosystem compatibility by linking the forms and flows of urban, industrial and natural systems. The new challenges of urban ecological issue require design and environmental professionals to deal with how urban and environment spaces could be analyzed, designed, managed, evaluated, represented and changed for responding to the cutting-edge sustainable issues.
Divided by two main categories, the series of lecture covers the trends and issues of sustainable urban design and development. Following the introductory lecture based on planning and design history, the Part One Lectures includes global ecological effects of mega urban form, suburbanization and propositions of sustainable city, downtown urban design, waterfront revitalization and brown field redevelopment. The Part Two Methodology covers the systematic approach to the urban ecology systems, incorporating the evaluation methods for urban areas.
In the Seminar sessions students will discuss and analyze through case studies the urban and environmental design, essential to the professional practices. By studying the Singaporean neighborhoods, students are required to work on a research project, which is to be presented as a team work during the semester and further developed as an individual term paper at the end of semester.
Students will use autocad, indesign, illustrator and photoshop.
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