MPRE Master of Planning with Real Estate

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Sustainable Development Project

Unit code PLAN20072
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? Yes



The course is comprised of four parts:

  1. Analysing the built and the natural environments
  2. Analysing the context
  3. Introduction to place-making principles and practice:
  4. Developing a multidisciplinary plan for creating sustainable places and communities


The course unit aims to:

  • complete a step-by-step integrated masterplanning exercise for an urban site;
  • develop a sustainable urban design proposal considering key principles of urban design, green and blue infrastructure design, built infrastructure and land and property development;
  • develop hand drawing, IT, analytical and presentational skills;

successfully combine multidisciplinary teamwork and individual work.







An Introduction to sustainable development and urban Design


Urban design principles


Urban design process and context analysis (figure ground and historical development)


Context analysis (road hierarchy and public transport, building use, listed building, and green /blue spaces network)


Context analysis (legibility and contextual appraisal)

6 Surgery Session


Crit I and feedback


Site specific analysis (natural environment, movement and mobility)


Site specific analysis (Building/land use & active frontage, Building quality, Key view and serial vision)


Opportunites/Constraints analysis


Best practice, conceptual design (concepts and brief)


Surgery/Tutorial Session


Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, studio sessions, workshops, computer sessions, a site visit and student directed learning via online media (Blackboard) and recommended reading.

Learning methods are focused on the use of the course work (project) as an illustration and application of the main planning, design, GI and property concepts.


Knowledge and understanding

  • To comment on key issues facing sustainable placemaking in the 21st century and its relevance to the development of the built and the natural environments in the UK;
  • To understand and be able to develop a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to place making for a new neighbourhood project or renewal;

Intellectual skills

  • To learn how to analyse the current condition of a large area to identify opportunities and constraints for regeneration and development;
  • To understand the principles of analysing the built and the natural environments;
  • To be competent in basic presentation techniques for the different components of plans; 

Practical skills

  • Design and drawing skills;
  • Possible use of various software to process and present information in a professional manner;
  • Competency and confidence in presenting ideas and concepts verbally.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Multidisciplinary perspective of team work;
  • Possible use of MS Office software (Excel), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator), Sketch-up and other software to present ideas and concepts.

Assessment methods

Assessment Activity

Length Required

Weighting Within Unit


Group presentation through turnitin

15 minutes


Written feedback through turnitin

Individual Project back through turnitin


65% Written feedback through turnitin


Recommended reading

Recommended Reading:

  • Barton, H., Grant M. and Guise, R. (2003) Shaping Neighbourhoods: a guide for health, sustainability and vitality, London : Spon Press (711.001 B139);
  • Beer, A. R. and Higgins, C. (2000) Environmental Planning for Site Development, London : Spon (712 B20);
  • Carmona, M. and Tiesdel, S. (2007) Urban Design Reader, Amsterdam ; Boston, Mass. : Architectural Press (711.4 C374);
  • English Partnerships (2000) Urban Design Compendium, London : English Partnerships (711.4 E369);
  • Larice, M. and Macdonald, E. (2007) The Urban Design Reader, London : Routledge (711.4 L471);
  • Lynch, K. (1960) The Image of the City, Cambridge Mass. ; London : M.I.T. Press (711.4 L481);
  • Meeda, B, Parkyn, N., Walton, D. S. (2007) Graphics for Urban Design, London: Thomas Telford (711.4/M446).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 2
Lectures 24
Practical classes & workshops 25
Independent study hours
Independent study 149

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Razieh Zandieh Unit coordinator

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