TOPICS IN URBANISM 4
2018/2019, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
Comprehensive knowledge of the key concepts, principles and approaches of community design and participatory planning
Theories and praxis of community design and participatory planning through critical examination of selected theories and case studies
Lessons and strategies for community-based, participatory processes through hands-on experience in real-world projects
None, provided candidates satisfy criteria for admission to AR4 and AR5 level modules.
Each class will combine both ‘theory (lecture-based)’ and ‘praxis (seminar-based)’ to elaborate on the different approaches, methods, and applications in community design and participatory planning through critical examination of selected theories and real-world case studies. During the seminars, students will lead the discussion and presentation to facilitate active peer-learning. To facilitate an engaged and active learning, online platforms such as IVLE will be used to fuel discussions among the students and maximise learning outcomes.
Additionally, adopting a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach with a special emphasis on ‘hands-on experiential learning’, the module will provide a unique opportunity for the students to get involved in real-world community engagement projects (to be confirmed). More details of the projects will be announced during the lectures.
The module will provide a comprehensive examination of the theories, methods and praxis of community design and participatory planning.
Important topics that will be covered include:
1) Evolution of the concept of community and its importance as the base
of social sustainability;
ocial dimension of sustainability in an urban context
pproaches, principles, methods of community design and
participatory planning and their application in real-world situations;
4) Comparative analysis of different contexts and drivers for community
design and participatory planning in global and Asian cities.
The importance of sustainable communities is increasingly acknowledged in the current discourse of urban sustainability which puts a strong emphasis on the social dimension of sustainability. Participatory planning is considered as key means for developing social capital in cities, which can enrich sense of belonging and sense of community with direct benefits for societal well-being. An in-depth understanding of the theories, methods and praxis of community-based, participatory processes, which can facilitate more human-centred and process-oriented approach to design and planning is crucial for the development of sustainable environments.
Refer to Module Outline uploaded on Files (Workbin)> Lecture notes for detailed syllabus.
(i) Assignment and Presentation 1 (Theory & Praxis):
(ii) Assignment and Presentation 2 (Case studies):
(iii) Final Essay (A min 3000 word essay, soft copy submission by 6 May 2019: Upload to the IVLE Final Essay Submission Folder, in Word Document file)
(iv) Participation in class and attendance:
Total for CA
Total for Final Examinations
(i) Lecture/Class (including Seminars):
(ii) Fieldwork, projects, assignments, etc.:
(iii) Preparatory work: