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This module immerses students in urban design and planning, essential for smart city development. It highlights the synergy between smart technologies and urban design in shaping sustainable neighborhoods, emphasizing the newfound importance of urban form in future city planning.

40H Study Hours


Urban form, once overlooked in urban planning, has now emerged as a critical factor in shaping the cities of the future. It plays a pivotal role in achieving sustainability and resilience objectives. This module presents a state-of-the-art approach to understanding and analyzing urban form, and includes hands-on work on real case studies, offering students a practical introduction to analytical approaches.

Topics Covered

Fundamentals of Urban Planning and Design: Students receive a foundational understanding of urban planning and design, with a focus on sustainable urbanism and its connection to the smart cities concept.

Challenges in Contemporary Urban Form: This section delves into the challenges posed by urban form in modern cities, highlighting its role as an enabler of human activities within an urban environment.

Pattern Languages in Urbanism: Students explore pattern languages as a means of articulating and understanding urban form, enriching their understanding of the city’s design.

Analytical Approaches: The module equips students with the tools to analyze urban form in existing cities and urban projects, facilitating an in-depth comprehension of their design.

Digital Design and City Information Modeling: Students are introduced to the world of digital design, including 3D urban platforms, urban virtual reality, and sensory urbanism. They also get an overview of City Information Modeling, a critical tool in modern urban design.


Upon completing this module, students will:

Recognize Urban Design’s Role: Understand the significance of urban design in achieving urban sustainability and resilience goals.

Comprehend Urban Planning Processes: Gain insights into the planning processes that shape urban form and design in contemporary cities.

Analyze Urban Form: Develop the ability to analyze and assess urban form in existing cities and ongoing urban projects, building expertise in design and sustainability.