SPD110 - Urban Design Applied

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Subject Title
Urban Design Applied

Subject Description
This course provides students with an introduction to the core principles of urban design. Course content will include a study of various methods for retrofitting existing neighbourhoods and creating new integrated neighbourhoods on greenfield sites. Students will learn about site evaluation and context analysis, and hone their visual awareness skills. Key elements, such as built form and massing, public the realm, green considerations, and mobility, will be explored, as well as the differences and similarities of suburban and rural design, and new, emerging elements of urban design.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate different urban settlement scales, with a focus on the ways in which urban matters are considered and addressed at each scale (e.g. nodes, centres, corridors, edges).
  2. Analyze various urban design typologies, from roads and open space hierarchies to building types.
  3. Develop best practice rooted in foundational urban design principles.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Unit 1 Course Overview: Thin Role of Urban Design/An Intro to Scales: The Region and the Town/City
Unit 2 Urban Design: Principles and Best Practices
Unit 3 A Brief History of Design
Unit 4 Growth and the Importance of Urban Structure
Unit 5 Learning to See: Regional and Municipal Scale Elements and Standards (Official Plan Policies and Standards – Transportation, Transit Oriented Nodes, Environmental Sustainability)
Unit 6 Learning to See: Site Scale Elements and Standards (By-laws and Form Base Codes)
Unit 7 Learning to See: Kevin Lynch Exercise
Unit 8 Case Study/Workshop – Site Analysis
Unit 9 Case Study/Workshop – Land Use Policy and Urban Design Guidelines
Unit 10 Case Study /Workshop –Design Parameters and Built Form/Public Realm Typologies
Unit 11 Case Study/Workshop – Developing a Site Plan Concept
Unit 12 Case Study/Workshop –Developing Urban Design Guidelines and By-laws)
Unit 13 Course Wrap Up/Content Review
Unit 14 Course Wrap Up/Critiques


Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group work, in-class exercises, assignments, and presentations

Prescribed Texts
Lynch, Kevin. 1960. The Image of the City. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262620017

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
In-class Exercises 30%
Assignments 20%
Major Project 50%
--------  100%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle