Module Details

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Code ARCH401
Coordinator Mr P Pezzani
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


The aim of this module is to introduce students to graduate level of urban analysis and design, resulting in the manifestation of a critical position on a given urban setting, which will form the basis for module ARCH402.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Urban analysis and its recording

(LO2) Critical thinking

(LO3) Developing an understanding of urban design, planning and the skills involved in the urban design process

(LO4) Understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment, and the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification



The project will concentrate on the rigorous analysis of a given urban setting and its historical, political, cultural, ecological underpinnings. Mixed media, analytical and mapping techniques will be tested on the formulation of an urban manifesto. A series of potential sites of intervention will be identified. Attention will be given to issues of critical thinking as well as to a consideration of sustainable development (thematic and physical), emphasising on strategies of conservation and projection of existing resources and conditions. Studio work will be accompanied by lectures by staff and invited speakers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Thematic lectures in support of the studio
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Tuesday lunchtime invited speakers or staff talks

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials on a weekly basis to provide feedback on the progress of the projects
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Group and individual tutorials

Teaching Method 3 - Reviews
Description: The projects are occasionally reviewed by guest critics and further feedback is provided
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

All teaching (tutorials, lectures, and reviews) will be based on a blended model of learning (a combination of online and face-to-face teaching) that provides the best student experience while accounting for appropriate social distancing and hygiene regimes due to the COVID-19 crisis and always following the University’s guidelines.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 3



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 90


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission.    100       

Recommended Texts

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