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RIAI Urban Design Seminar & Workshop Series 2010


Monday, February 01, 2010


10.30AM – 4PM


 RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


RIAI practices €944
RIAI member* €995
Non-RIAI member €1403
Price includes a sandwich lunch and all course materials.

Event Information

After a very successful launch in late 2009 in Dublin and Cork, The RIAI, in partnership with PlaceMakers, is pleased to run a further Urban Design Seminar and Workshop Series. The six day course is designed specifically for professionals involved in the design and management of urban places and spaces.
PlaceMakers is an organisation specialising in urban design education, research and advice. The central aim of PlaceMakers is to improve the quality and experience of our urban areas and to equip the built environment professions with the tools and knowledge needed to do so.

Event Dates: Monday & Tuesday 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th February 2010

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Course Topics:

Session 1: ‘The Foundations of Urban Design’

  • Definitions, objectives and value of Urban Design
  • Understanding historical city design and key paradigms of influence on contemporary city planning & design
  • Policy update, current issues and trends

Session 2: ‘Context Analysis & Urban Design Assessment’

  • Analysis methodologies and techniques
  • Understanding site and contextual issues
  • Urban Design assessment tools

Session 3: ‘Creating Place’

  • Principals & techniques of greenfield masterplanning
  • Current approaches to masterplanning from the UK, Europe and America
  • Environmentally sustainable development and urban design
  • Policy update

Session 4: ‘Improving Place: Urban & Village Centres’

  • Regeneration of existing urban and village centres
  • Identifying opportunities for public realm and streetscape improvements
  • Incorporating retail into urban centres
  • Sensitive urban infill in historic contexts

Session 5: ‘Improving Place: Suburbia’

  • Critical analysis of existing suburban development
  • Identifying opportunities for improving place
  • Design solutions for retrofitting suburbia

Session 6: ‘Public Realm & Street Design’

  • Public realm and streetscape design and management
  • Urban engineering - including how to reconcile roads engineering, traffic management and urban design objectives
  • Current & historical approaches to street design
  • Irish and UK policy update

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Develop a knowledge of the fundamentals of urban design, including its principles and objectives, historical development and examples, practicalities and techniques, in relation to current and future challenges.
  •  Acquire best-practice knowledge and develop skills from leading urban design practitioners.
  •  Gain the confidence and ability to articulate why good design is important, and to recognise and understand the difference between good design and design that could raise problems in the future.
  •  Refine knowledge and design skills at both the strategic and detailed scales.
  •  Enhance visual communication skills.
  •  Create a network of peers while learning from each other through interdisciplinary collaboration.
  •  Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on urban design incorporating economic, social, political and environmental considerations.

Principal Tutor: Sarah Rock, PlaceMakers PG Dip. Urban Design (Oxford Brookes); Masters Urban Design & Development (UNSW); Prof. Cert. in Urban Engineering, Design & Management of the Public Realm (PRIAN).
Every Session has a co-tutor from the public sector, private sector or semi-state, each with a qualification in Urban Design, including: Grainne Shaffrey (Director, Shaffrey Associates); Jason Taylor (Planner & Urban Designer, South Dublin County Council) & Eoghan Ryan (Head of Planning & Urban Design, National Building Agency).

CPD Points:  CPD credit hours ( CPD credit hours per session).
Class size:   18 maximum
Series Format: A six-day intensive course involving a comprehensive introduction to the practice and theory of Urban Design, with a more advanced focus on key areas of topical interest. The individual sessions will incorporate seminars and case studies, followed by a hands-on design studio/workshop exploring the subject area in more detail. To ensure the course is engaging and maximises learning out¬comes, active ‘student’ participation will be a key component. Class sizes are small so that discussion and interaction will be easily facilitated.

Award: Attendees will be awarded with a CPD certificate in Urban Design.

Course Testimonials:

“This course really brings home the value of good design and why it matters. The course is divided into logical modules each with a theory and workshop element - both well balanced and related. The course material gives good direction for the myriad of guidance available and advises on further reading for specific topics. The course is very practical in that the exemplars used are Irish environments and places familiar to us all. The workshops are realistic in the way they deal with making new places but more importantly working with existing environments and their problems and how to think about ‘fixing’ them. Finally the mix of attendees involved in different types of work leads to lively debate and social interaction!”

“I attended the Urban Design Series and it was very beneficial in understanding the fundamentals of urban design in varying contexts. The series was well defined and the workshop component of daily presentation is a great feature. I would highly recommend attendance.”

“I recently attended the full series of Urban Design and Workshop seminars by Sarah Rock (PlaceMakers). The course was really well structured and gave adequate time to the content of each of the subjects discussed. The topics themselves were well articulated, informative and highly relevant to the “day to day” practice. The lectures were very interesting and the workshops produced good responses in a relaxed, good humoured but worklike manner.”

“I would like to say that the Urban Design course I attended in Cork was excellent. The course was very informative, comprehensive and very hands-on to the current practice of Urban Design. It also offered a comparative overview of theories and projects in Ireland and abroad. I would recommend its attendance both to professionals already involved in the field and to those who are approaching the subject for the first time. Also, my sincere congratulations to Sarah Rock for her dedication and generosity in sharing her knowledge with her students.”
Elisabetta Tonazzi MRIAI

*In recognition of the current economic conditions, the RIAI is also operating a lottery to award 1 free place to an unwaged member and a second lottery to award 1 place at a 50% discount on the full course attendance to one member who can make a case to prove that they are experiencing substantial financial hardship. Interested members should download the relevant CPD lottery form from the Access to CPD area of the RIAI website and forward the form together with proof of circumstances to tharte@riai.ie or fax to 01 6610948. All correspondence in relation to this offer should be submitted in writing only.

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