Newcastle University’s well-established Masters in Urban Design is a truly multidisciplinary programme drawing on expertise from the three disciplines represented in the School: architecture, planning and landscape. This also reflects the educational backgrounds of our student cohorts. The course aims to strike an important balance between skills and techniques in contextual design, drawing upon an in-depth understanding of the built environment, as well as theories and methods in social sciences. This approach gives the urban design programme a unique character in the UK. The course is also characterised by strong links to both public and private sector agencies in the North East region. Student involvement in live projects including varied participatory activities is strongly fostered throughout the year.
The programme is taught through a series of projects developing skills, methods and techniques in urban design. Design modules involve and make links between social theory and practice. Lecture and seminar modules also support these projects with core knowledge on classic and contemporary urban design issues. The course bolsters a strong studio environment and skills sharing through group work. It also prides itself on significant exposure and inputs from a number of professionals from a variety of relevant disciplines.
Our Urban Design blog has attracted huge worldwide interest since its launch in 2010 and can be viewed at www.nclurbandesign.org.
Recent or Current Research
- (SHUC) A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core John Pendlebury, Konrad Miciukiewicz, Newcastle budget £34,357, funded by AHRC (JPI), led by Delft University
- MyPLACE - Mobility and Place for the Age Friend City Environment Rose Gilroy, Tim Townshend, Newcastle budget £1,027,351, SAPL share £205,470.20, funded by EPSRC, led by Computing Science
- Co-design for the Built Environment for Mobility in Later Life Rose Gilroy, Newcastle budget £120,569.60, funded by EPSRC, led by
- Foresight: a multidisciplinary project seeking to address future challenges faced by UK city-regions, focusing on Newcastle Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Paul Cowie, Newcastle budget £15,000, funded by Government Office for Science
- Imaginaries of the Future, Historicising the Present Nathanial Coleman, Adam Stock, Newcastle budget £109,906, funded by the Leverhulme Trust
- Reconstructing Han Identites: the Hanfu Movement in Contemporary China Andrew Law, budget £9,863.75, funded by British Academy/Leverhulme Trust
- You Can't Move History, You can Secure the Future, Engaging Youth in Cultural Heritage Dave Webb, Newcastle budget £4905 , led by University of Sussex
- Participatory Design Study for Cobalt Business Park, funded through a Newcastle business voucher scheme, with Geoff Vigar, Armelle Tardiveau/Daniel Mallo (consultancy project)