Introduction to Urban Planning

This module aims to give students an understanding of the nature of urban planning, basic planning models and theories. Urban planning will be discussed, in the context of urbanisation and globalisation, as an important force shaping the modern human settlements. A study of the institutional aspect of planning will relate to Singapore’s planning system in which issues of planning implementation will be elaborated. Learning objectives: Understanding nature of urban planning; understanding urban planning processes; understanding urban planning principles. Major topics to be covered: Urbanisation history and its impact; Urban forms: organic growth of urban settlements; Utopian city/the garden city movement; The city beautiful movement/ Neighbourhood; New town; Urban design and conservation; Institutional Structure for planning; Concept Plan and Master Plan; Development control/planning implementation; Planning analysis: population and transportation; Public participation in planning.

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