Class Built Environment, Equipment and Transports

  • Presentation


    This CU is part of the research area with the same name, where the subjects related to the characteristics, patterns, and structures of the specific space of human settlements (urban and rural) and their influence and interrelations with the physical environment are grouped, their biological composition and their interaction with social standards. They are both individual and collective aspects of urban conditions that interfere with the morphology of built spaces and ecosystems.

    The urban landscape comprises a set of undeveloped spaces and natural assets incorporated in and around our cities. Thus, this group aims at the set of actions that tend to conserve and improve both the environmental conditions and the quality of life of the inhabitants.
    Concerns include analyzing the transformation of cities and regions, with an emphasis on natural spaces and the services provided by ecosystems, and strategies and tools for managing these spaces.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. The city and the built environment
    1.1 The social, economic, cultural and physical-environmental dimensions in the production of the built environment,
    1.2 The built environment, the impact and the use of energy and natural resources,
    2. Infrastructure and equipment planning
    2.1 Services and infrastructure and the quality of urban space,
    2.2 Territorial shares between infrastructure and equipment,
    2.3 Infrastructure and sustainability issues,
    2.4 Multipurpose facilities and the well-being of citizens.
    3. The relationship between urban morphology and infrastructure and equipment
    3.1 Public services related to waste management, water and energy distribution, communication networks.
    4. Mobility and sustainability
    4.1 Analysis of networks and methodologies for assessing urban mobility
    4.2 Urban problems and mobility Urban expansion and its control
    4.3 Network and Services integration actions from an ecological and social perspective balanced

  • Objectives


    This UC encompasses the understanding of the relationships between different urban uses, infrastructures, and service systems and between the built environment and natural systems. Reflection on the concept of mobility as a starting point for structuring and planning and territorial operation, based on universal access to the city. Also the facilities and services, in a perspective of the quality of life of the populations and the appropriate use of the territory. Establish a relationship between access and urban activities, differentiating the types of land use, transport and networks, and services and equipment.
    Analyze the procedures and instruments usually used in performance evaluations of the built environment, as well as recognize sustainable processes, apply and explore new methodologies in problem-solving, dialoguing with different specialists, and finding balanced solutions in respect for populations and the environment.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The assessment process, based on the preparation of a paper (scientific article) for each course on the topic covered in class, on the basis of the defined syllabus and, tentatively, the exploration of and reaction to the student's own research topic, is a factor that motivates the achievement of knowledge, enhances the consolidation of knowledge and the transversal relationship between the different topics (and essentially with the chosen research topic), helping the practice of effective communication of research results.

  • References


    Vários. (2008). Manual de Metodologia e Boas Práticas para a Elaboração de um Plano de Mobilidade Sustentável.
    Carmona, M., Tiesdell, S., Heath, T., Oc, T. (2003). Public places - Urban Spaces, The dimensions of urban design. Architectural Press.
    Eade, J. & Mele, C. [Ed]. (2002). Understanding the City. Contemporary and future Perspectives. Blackwell.
    Kriken. J. (2010). City Building. Nine planning principles for the Twenty-First Century. Princeton Architectural Press.
    DGOTDU (2007). Normas para a programação e caracterização de equipamentos coletivos. DGOTDU. Lisboa
    Legislação Nacional relativa a equipamentos e infraestruturas.

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