TRP631 Urban Development in the Global South
Module Coordinators: Dr Gabriel Silvestre and Glyn Williams
Tel: 0114 222 6904 / 0114 222 6179
Room: D26 / D11e
This module looks at the challenges to urban development in the context of the global South: how are conflicting imperatives of ecological sustainability, social inclusion and economic competitiveness being balanced by practitioners, and what implications does this have for those living there? The unit will focus around work to understand how spatial planning systems are constructed and mediated by different actors. The unit will use a series of scenarios – representing some of the diversity of cities and conditions that exist in the global South – to develop understandings of how spatial planning systems might mediate development within these contexts.
The university recommends that you spend 150 hours on a 15-credit module. This will include:
- Self study
Week 2: Intro to the module and to scenario 1- Masdar City
Week 3: Masdar City
Week 4: Masdar City
Week 5: Intro to scenario 2 - Johannesburg
Week 6: Johannesburg
Week 7: Johannesburg
Week 8: Group Presentations and feedback
Week 9: Intro to scenario 3 - Rio de Janeiro
Week 10: Rio de Janeiro
Week 11: Rio de Janeiro
Week 12: Group Presentations and feedback
- Group assessments: 3 short, structured scenario reports (1x formative, 2x10% each)
- Individual assessment: 2,500-word report (80% of total)
- Fox, S and Goodfellow, T 2016. Cities and Development. London: Routledge (2nd Edition).
- Pieterse, E. (2008). City Futures: confronting the crisis of urban development. London: Zed Books.
- Segbers, K 2007. The Making of Global City Regions: Johannesburg, Mumbai /Bombay, São Paulo, and Shanghai. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
USP Specialist Skills - Urban environment and planning skills are built through critical engagement with city-level planning visions in three contrasting scenarios.
Communication Skills - interpersonal and communication skills are built through collaborative report-writing to summarise group work.
Analytical & Problem Solving Skills - Evaluation of policy documents builds critical thinking skills, and creativity through developing your own analysis.
Before you start...
- Short documentary One City, Two Worlds - a film on Bombay, Marg Publications (2002) 23m30s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB7W85v9XSw
- McKinsey (2003) Vision Mumbai http://mumbaifirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/McKinseyReport.pdf
- Fernandez, P (2005) Vision Mumbai is too shortsighted, Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Vision-Mumbai-is-too-shortsighted/articleshow/1188049.cms
- TED Talk – The 4 commandments of cities (2012) Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio, 12m21s http://www.ted.com/talks/eduardo_paes_the_4_commandments_of_cities
- Documentary teaser on Rio’s preparations for the Olympic Games Public Domain, Paebiru Producoes (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esrPoN35J1c
- Masdar: the City of the Future (Fully Charged) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIaz61zpLfs
- Goldenberg, S (2016) Masdar's zero-carbon dream could become world’s first green ghost town, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/16/masdars-zero-carbon-dream-could-become-worlds-first-green-ghost-town