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Urban Design Education Research

Goal: Urban Design Education Research defines education research topics arising from interdisciplinary research projects and scenarios at around urban design. It develops teaching methods to deliver communicable, teachable and applicable outcomes as transformative research.

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Aurel von Richthofen
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As part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) ongoing efforts to strengthen the urban design competency of their architects, URA collaborated with Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH (SEC) to develop a 3 term programme for a class of URA architects and participants from the Housing Development Board (HDB) and the JTC Corporation (JTC). The programme assumes participants have an undergraduate background in architec- ture, landscape architecture or related field, and at least three years practical experience in a relevant agency. The Advanced Studies in Urban Design (AS-UD) programme offers specialist urban design knowledge, skills and under- standing as a means to integrate the diverse disciplinary skills that participants have, such as architectural design, landscape design, and social and environmental analysis.
The article proposes a method for teaching advanced urban design to working professionals in Singapore. The article aims to expand the discourse on parametric urban design education by introducing 'Urban Elements' as conceptual urban design instruments with an inherent rule-based logic, which can help to bridge gaps in teaching parametric urban design thinking. As case study we present a course developed for and delivered to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in Singapore in 2017 by the Future Cities Laboratory at the Singapore-ETH Centre. The article reports on the pedagogical method, course results and course feedback. The main difficulties of teaching professionals in parametric urban design are described and possible reasons and improvements are discussed. The results show that participants using the 'Urban Elements' method successfully linked theoretical input to urban design problems, applied evidence-based urban design strategies to these problems, and developed parametric definitions to explore the solution spaces of these urban design challenges. The teaching methodology presented opens up a new research field for urban design pedagogy at the intersection of explicating urban design intent, integrating multidisciplinary knowledge and exploring new software driven tools. Please cite this article as: von Richthofen, A., et al., The 'Urban Elements' method for teaching parametric urban design to professionals.
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Urban Design Education Research defines education research topics arising from interdisciplinary research projects and scenarios at around urban design. It develops teaching methods to deliver communicable, teachable and applicable outcomes as transformative research.