MPRE Master of Planning with Real Estate

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Unit code PLAN40852
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

WEEK

OUTLINE OF CONTENT

1

Introduction and  Green Infrastructure and sustainable cities: characteristics and principles.

2

The role of perception and interpretation in understanding Green Infrastructure and sustainable cities planning

3

Governance, Government and Policy

4

The historical antecedents of Green Infrastructure: parkways, greenways and garden cities

5

Field visit (whole day)

6

Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology: connectivity and the changing form of urban greening

 

7

Green Infrastructure, Green Urbanism, Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities

8

Water and sustainable cities

9

Individual tutorials / assignment guidance

10

The economics of sustainable urban development

11

Health, well-being and community planning for sustainable urban environments

12

The future of Green Infrastructure and sustainability in urban planning

 

Aims

  • To introduce the field of Green Infrastructure, green space planning and the development of sustainable cities by addressing the principles, values and utility of each concept within urban planning.
  • To provide an understanding of the planning mechanisms that govern the development of Green Infrastructure resources within sustainability debates.
  • To examine the influence of landscape ecology and the politics of planning on urban development to question how, where and why we use landscape resources to meet quality of life and place agendas.
  • To draw links between the role of Green Infrastructure planning in supporting sustainable city objectives and the process of management and monitoring.
  • To provide students with the socio-economic and ecological knowledge they require to evaluate the added value that urban greening, Green Infrastructure and the development of sustainable urban landscapes can provide in real world planning scenarios. 

Syllabus

WEEK

OUTLINE OF CONTENT

1

Introduction and  Green Infrastructure and sustainable cities: characteristics and principles.

2

The role of perception and interpretation in understanding Green Infrastructure and sustainable cities planning

3

Governance, Government and Policy

4

The historical antecedents of Green Infrastructure: parkways, greenways and garden cities

5

Field visit (whole day)

6

Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology: connectivity and the changing form of urban greening

 

7

Green Infrastructure, Green Urbanism, Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities

8

Water and sustainable cities

9

Individual tutorials / assignment guidance

10

The economics of sustainable urban development

11

Health, well-being and community planning for sustainable urban environments

12

The future of Green Infrastructure and sustainability in urban planning

 

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning will be through weekly lectures, fours seminars with directed reading and a field visit.

Knowledge and understanding

To introduce the concept of Green Infrastructure and sustainable cities from their historical antecedents to their current use.

Intellectual skills

  • To discuss the value of Green Infrastructure and planning for sustainable cities in urban planning as a mechanism for addressing biodiversity, climate change, health, water management and wider urban greening issues.
  • To examine the management frameworks of urban landscapes, environmental resources and green space planning, and debate the utility of evaluation and monitoring techniques available to environmental managers.

 

Practical skills

  • To introduce the policy context of Green Infrastructure and planning for sustainable cities and examine the influences of political will, financial incentives and social needs in developing greener and more sustainable urban environments
  • To develop an understanding of how Green Infrastructure and sustainable urban thinking can be, and is being, implemented through a more in-depth assessment of a series of global case studies.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Group working
  • Essay writing

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

Feedback methods

Written feedback in Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 8
Lectures 30
Seminars 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 104

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ian Mell Unit coordinator

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