PLAN10020 History of City Planning

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module is primarily concered with tracing the developement of city planning from the mid-nineteenth century until mid-twentieth century as it became a core function of modern states. The core focus is on the development of key planning ideas from the nineteenth century adn twentieth centuries. It investigates the emergence of planning as a response to poor conditions experienced in urban areas during the industrial revolution, and in particular poor housing and health conditions. Improvement in housing and environmental conditions were key early aims of the planning movement and the legacy of this is still present in many planning concepts. The emergence of planning was initially the result of efforts by private industrialists and philanthropists and the module examines their contribution to planning. However, government and state responses soon came to dominate.

The module analyses the role of key individuals like Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier in the development of city and regional planning. It explores key ideas such as the Garden City movement, the City Beautiful idea, neighbourhood planning, the development of new towns, ideas which still influence the way we think about city planning. The module examines the emergence of planning in Europe, focusing on the UK and Ireland in particular. The development of planning is the USA is also examined. The enactment of key planning legislation and systems in the twentieth century is explored. In addition to the lectures and assessments, it will be necessary to undertake substantial reading of the academic literature in order to provide a foundation for understanding contemporary ideas and systems of planning.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Understand the reasons for the emergence of planning as a state response to poor environmental and housing conditions 2. Understand some of the key early planning ideas and to see their continued relevance3 . Be able to trace the emergence and development of planning thought and systems in European countries and the USA.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures ( face-to-face).
Class discussion (in class and online)
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
History of Planning (PEP10030)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Short assignment examining early planning responses to the slums Week 6 n/a Graded No


Project: Project- individual Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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Name Role
Assoc Professor Declan Redmond Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 13:00 - 14:50