City Design: Research Studio
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Suzanne Hall STC.S212 and Dr David Madden STC.S209
This course is compulsory on the MSc in City Design and Social Science. This course is not available as an outside option.
The City Design Research Studio is the central unit of the MSc programme, linking the critical issues raised in the core and optional lecture courses, including questions of power and social justice, with the practical analysis of issues of city design and proposals for urban intervention. This course promotes a practical understanding of the city as a social and built environment. Through a mixed-methods engagement with site-based issues, the research studio explores the different ways city design relates to policy formation, planning processes, legal frameworks, financing mechanisms, local forms of organisation and the emerging needs of complex urban societies. It will provide students with an appreciation of the complexities of urban design and development processes, and with interdisciplinary tools for addressing specific urban challenges. The course addresses design as both informed and imaginative modes of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects visual, social and material dimensions of the city. It aims to integrate the physical, economic, social and political aspects of urban contexts, and develop ways to analyse these visually, textually and verbally. The studio-based approach to learning is an immersion in site-based research and experimental, strategic and pragmatic forms of design intervention. The course comprises of group based fieldwork in a London site, followed by an international fieldtrip.
The Studio course runs for one full day each teaching week in MT and LT through lectures, workshops, small-group tutorials and independent groupwork; additional specialist seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the Studio course. Studio groups are expected to work together during the scheduled Studio hours, and prepare collectively for regular workshops and tutorials.
Teaching arrangements may be adjusted if online teaching is required at any point.
Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6 and LT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Group presentations for faculty and guest critics. 1 x research presentation and site analysis. (MT)
Group exercise (50%), group exercise (25%) and assignment (25%).
The assessment consists of:
- One Studio group submission (6000 words, 50%)
- Individual tutor assessment based on contribution to Studio group work (25%)
- Film-based assignment (either a presentation or a critical essay) (25%)
One electronic copy of the Studio group submission, with submission sheets attached to each, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the seventh Thursday of Lent Term.
An electronic copy of the assessed film-based assignment, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the eleventh Monday of Lent Term
Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.
Student performance results
(2016/17 - 2018/19 combined)
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: 16
Average class size 2019/20: 12
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills