Module 6 – Designing for Change

Urban environments are changing very rapidly. Strategies and methods traditionally implemented in urban space management and design may no longer be appropriate to address these unpredictable transformations. Global environmental, economic and socio-demographic change demand the introduction of novel theories and skills to build adaptive capacity in the ways we transform our cities.

This module focuses on the application of adaptive design thinking in the context of rapid urban change. We will examine which strategies can be put in place, and how placemaking initiatives can assume a substantial role in urban design, to respond to the complex challenges posed by urban transformations.
The module is organised as a flipped classroom model. The students will learn about the theoretical dimensions of adaptive design through readings and activities at home and then apply it in class with the supervision of the instructors.

Objectives of the Module

– To develop knowledge about adaptability in design and planning processes
– To develop operational skills in adaptive design

Key resources

The materials below are intended to support academics in embracing the materials created to teach the fundamentals of people in place. These should form a basis for you own subject, we suggest customising it with your own case studies and materials. Placemaking is context specific so inserting case studies, images and information from your area will make the content come to life.