PLAN30020 Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design

Academic Year 2021/2022

The planning profession has had a longstanding interest in the design of towns and cities, and planning systems and policies have over time provided a key means to regulate, mediate and manage the design of urban as well as rural places. This module seeks primarily to introduce urban design and its relationship with spatial planning, and the key role of urban design in creating and managing urban places. Students are also introduced to rural building and site design, design in small rural towns, and to related critical debates. The module provides an overview of key concepts, theories and principles related to built form, urban space, layout, the social dimension of urban places, and to urban design more generally, and examines their relevance and application in practice. The module also explores people-place relations, particularly with respect to place distinctiveness, the intangible qualities of urban places, and appropriate means through which these characteristics and relationships can be negotiated in urban design and planning processes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, the student will:
• Be aware of key concepts and theory in urban design, and the nature of the urban design process.
• Have a sufficient understanding of the typical principles and objectives of urban design to work and converse comfortably with practitioners from other related disciplinary areas towards the achievement of good urban design and spatial planning.
• Understand the relevance of people-place relations in planning and urban design, and approaches to their negotiation in urban design practice.
• Understand the relationship between form and function in the design of the built environment.
• Be able to recognise the characteristics of good urban and rural built form and space and be able to distinguish between good and poor built form and space.
• Understand the role of spatial planning in the management of urban design and design in the rural environment.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
problem and case-based learning
peer and group work
critical analysis 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LARC20150 - Landscape Studio 2A, PEP20080 - GIS Planning Project, PLAN20020 - Introduction to GIS

PEP30120 - Topics in Urban & Reg Planning, PLAN40020 - Placemaking

Placemaking:Urban&Rural Design (PEP30040), Placemaking (PEP40050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: End of trimester assignment Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Derry O'Connell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer