Class Applied Urbanistics and Urban Design

  • Presentation


    The CU is part of the research and development area with the same name and has as its main focus the issues related to urban planning, from theory to practice, passing through the issue of urban design as a central element of the urbanist's function.

    In Portugal the theory and practice of urbanism and spatial planning derive from a diffuse and shallow conceptual application, and aware that the result of good practices contributes to citizens having satisfactory living conditions, this group focuses its activity on the questions of theory, or theories, from training to the practice of urbanism; in understanding the needs of those who practice, developing tools/procedures for analysis, planning, and management of the territory and the study of urban space as a physical and social factor based on issues related to urban design.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Theory of urbanism

    1.1 Urbanism, function of the urban planner, concepts and their relation to practice,

    1.2 Urban concepts, models and urban treaties

    1.3 Socio-spatial processes.

    2. Methods in urbanism

    2.1 The tools of urbanism (methods for the practice of urbanism - Analysis,

    Planning and Management),

    2.2 Analysis of the practice of urbanism in Portugal and the definition of strategies for improvement,

    2.3 Monitoring, data systematization, analysis and evaluation of urban elements


    2.4 Tools applied to programs and plans,

    2.5 Participatory processes and their integration in the practice of urbanism

    3. Urban design

    3.1 Urban design in contemporary urbanism and its interdisciplinarity

    3.2 Detailed plans and urban design

    3.3 The main theories, concepts and methods of urban design,

    3.4 The urban design process, from site analysis to propositional development,

    3.5 Scale, composition and urban layout

    3.6 Dimensions, parameters and urban indices

  • Objectives


    The objective of this course is to promote the understanding of the role of urbanism in the organization of and the process of contemporary urban design, developing the ability to solve problems of organization of urban space integrated with other disciplinary areas as well as the ability to understand and intervene on different scales and physical-spatial dimensions of the city.

    Among the knowledge acquired, the skills and competencies to be acquired, are knowing how to connect the reading and understanding of the issues in question, and on the other hand, to deepen the specific resources of urbanism in the field of urban design. The ability to initiate research in the context of urban issues as well as the ability to apply knowledge in new situations will be expanded, encouraging the ability to communicate their knowledge and reasoning.


  • 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


    Cuthbert, Alexander. 2006. The Form of Cities – Political Economy and Urban Design. Londres: Blackwell.Ewing,

    Reid et al. 2006. Identifying and Measuring Urban Design Qualities Related to Walkability. In Journal of Physical Activity and Health 3, suppl. 1.

    _____. sd. Measuring Urban Design Qualities – An Illustrated Field Manual. Apostila. Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Farr, Douglas. 2010. Sustainable Urbanism – Urban Design with Nature. London: John Wiley & Sons.

    Gehl, Jan. 2010. Cities for People. Nova Iorque: Island Press.

    Kriger, A. and Saunders, W. (orgs.). 2009. Urban Design. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.

    Scheer, Brenda. 2010. The Evolution of Urban From – Typology for Planners and Architects. Chicago: APA Press.

    Tellier, L. (1994), Méthodes D'Evaluation des Projets Publics, Présses de l'Úniversité du Québec

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