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CENV2034 Liveable Cities

Module Overview

Cities are continually evolving in response to economic, social and environmental drivers. Globalisation is accelerating this process and cities which are unable to respond may quickly lose their purpose and vitality. In a UK context, many cities have areas that developed during the Industrial Revolution or post World War II to deliver activities that are no longer relevant at such a physical scale. These areas are now opportunities for regeneration or change of use, in essence ‘rezoning’. Whilst globalisation can be considered as the major disruptor to the vitality of a city it is by no means an isolated event. There are an ever increasing number of smaller, often technology-led disruptors that have emerged following the expansion of the Internet such as UBER, Airbnb, Deliveroo, Amazon and Netflix. In parallel, cities need to accommodate an ageing population and address the predicted climate change led challenges such as greater intensity and frequency of flooding and heatwaves. Civil engineering delivers the hard infrastructure such as transport which may lock a city into a defined path for decades. An important skill therefore for the modern civil engineer is the ability to understand the challenges and opportunities that exist at the city scale and use this understanding to develop contextual solutions (systems design). This sits at the core of Liveable Cities, how do we shape cities to create the places people want to live, work and play in?

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • SM2 Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline ASSESSED THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS / VISUALISATION METHODS FOR CITY VISION.
  • SM3 Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline. ASSESSED THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS / VISUALISATION METHODS FOR CITY VISION.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • EA1 Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes ASSESSED THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS / VISUALISATION METHODS FOR CITY VISION.
  • EA3 Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods in order to solve engineering problems and to implement appropriate action ASSESSED THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS / VISUALISATION METHODS TO DEVELOP A CITY VISION.
  • D1 Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION
  • D6 Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences. 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
  • EP9 Understanding of, and the ability to work in, different roles within an engineering team. GROUP WORK - DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • G1 Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others, and the effective use of general IT facilities 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
  • G2 Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
  • G3 Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
  • G4 Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader. 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • E2 Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes 10 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CITY ASSESSMENT and DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION
  • E4 Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION
  • EP8 Ability to work with technical uncertainty DEVELOPMENT OF A CITY VISION – REPORT AND PRESENTATION

Syllabus

The module will utilise three local cities Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. Southampton will be used to develop and explain concepts whereas Winchester and Portsmouth will be used for the assessments. The module will expose students to the power of large datasets (crime, AQ, census, traffic, index multiple deprivation, greenspace, noise, temperature, flooding, insurance …) and how these can be used to shape high level intervention principles to address the challenges of a city. The module will run as a series of lectures outlining the broad principles of liveability in a city supported by specific lectures on engineering specifics (waste, transport, energy, air quality, building development / construction) and their supporting datasets. Through discussion of these aspects in a Southampton context, students will be able to develop a city vision (car free, 24h city, sharing city, friendly city etc) for the case study city. Data visualisation packages may include Tableau and use of Python. The module will cover the following aspects: Globalisation and rapid change, the city challenge (1 lecture) The Liveable City: what makes a place (2 lectures) City metabolism: understanding the city of today (1 lecture) 7 principles of Urban Design, CABE (1 lecture) Future city visions (Bladerunner, Masdar, Dongtan, Chandigarh, Broadacre, Metropolis, Smart City) (2 lectures) City disruptors (UBER, smartphone, climate change …) (1 lecture) City change and regeneration – (i) the Southampton example, (ii) Medellin, Colombia (2 lecture) Movement in a city: personal car transport, walkability, cycling, rapid transit systems, autonomous vehicles (3 lectures) Waste management and city metabolism: the challenge and the opportunity (2 lectures) Energy in the city (2 lectures) Responding to city disruptors and challenges – the example of air quality (1 lecture) Big data analytics and visualisation – city scale analysis methods, datashine.org (5 lectures) How to write a formal report (1 lecture) How to present your work (1 lecture)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching activities: lectures (25), walkaround site visits of case study site (1 x 3h) workshops (3 x 4h Design Studio sessions for groupwork tasks) Learning activities: Report writing skills through individual assessment of city strengths / weaknesses Group work through generation of City Vision report and presentation to an expert panel. Design Studio sessions with Liveable Cities and Data Analytics / visualisation staff.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops12
Lecture25
Completion of assessment task90
Fieldwork3
Wider reading or practice20
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study report  () 40%
Group presentation 20%
Group report 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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