Smart-urban futures

ASSESSMENT: Context + Methods
Respond to ONLY ONE question from a list of questions posed by each member of staff from the
guest lecture series (refer to pages 10-16). The list will be encompassing of a broad range of
current architectural debates; technology, practice/pedagogy, culture, sociology, history,
economics, philosophy, law, mass media to the political in architecture and urban space.
Irrespective of what question you choose to respond to, you will need to submit the following two
[2] outputs:
Output A: Context Essay – 50% of overall coursework mark
Word Count: 3000 words [maximum +/- 5% variation is only permitted].
Format: A4 square (210x210mm), A5 or B5 portrait or landscape. All other formats need to be
approved by the Module Leader.
Presentation: Attention needs to be given to graphic layout, font style/size, margins, packaging –
as if the essay is to be published in a well respected and graphically sharp architecture/urbanism
Note: The written body of work is to be complemented with min. 4 considered and skilfully
articulated visuals (diagrams, collages etc)
Output B: Methods: Mapping the Field – 50% of overall coursework mark
• max. 2min film
– to be uploaded to Youtube HD (you will submit the link to the video’s address). Please
make sure the video is publicly visible and can be downloaded in HD quality if required.
– all music / soundscapes in the film need to be produced by you – if you use anyone
else’s music you will need to have consent to use that music. If the music comes from
the free music library, please reference the source.
• 18 proformas [16 + 2]
– choose 4 texts from each week’s Main Lecture reading list + 2 readings set by the Guest
Lecturer whose question you have chosen to answer.
Note: Both outputs [Output A + Output B] need to attain a Passing grade for this module to
be Passed.
Prior to the final (summative) submission, formative assessment (Monday, 25th November 2019 –
09:00-15:00) will be an in-class opportunity to discuss your work with a tutor and fellow
classmates. This will not be marked, but is crucial towards generating your final submission. For
this session, you will need to produce the following:
– Introduction (what/how/why) – 200 words maximum.
– Framework of the body of the essay – 150 words maximum.
– 2 visuals
– Bibliography (min. 12 sources).
– Packaging
– Ideas for the film
Summative (final) submission will take place via Moodle. The deadline for the submission is
Wednesday, 08.01.2020 – 15:00. Late submissions and non-submissions will follow the
University Assessment Regulations. Please notify the Module leader and the programme leader
of any modified assessment provision or extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.
The submission point in Moodle will allow you to submit maximum 2 documents. The overall
submission of each output must not exceed 10 MB each:
– PDF file of Output [A] – Context Essay (inclusive of visuals)
– PDF file of Output [B] – 18 proformas + 1 .pdf document containing the link to the video
address in a streaming service of your choice (Youtube HD).
Note: Marks will be deducted should you use any other file extension than .pdf.
Labelling Files on Moodle:
Please use the following format – LAST NAME, Given Name + HTCC5 + Individual File Name
For Output [A] – CARREY, Jim HTCC5 Context Essay
For Output [B] – CARREY, Jim HTCC5 Mapping the Field
YouTube labelling:
Yr 2 History, Theory + Critical Context, BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Plymouth
Note: You need to submit your coursework on Moodle as per details above in order for the
submission to be considered a complete one. For further details on incomplete and late
submission penalties, please refer to the University of Plymouth Assessment Policy 2014-2020
available following this link.
For Professional Accreditation purposes, a hard copy of the 3000 word essay + proformas will
need to be submitted directly to the Module Leader (Dr. Nikolina Bobic) on Monday, 13/01/2020
at 15:00 in RLB601. The format of the hard copy submission is to be either: A5, B5 or A4 square
Note: Hard and digital copy submissions need to be identical [marks will be deducted if they
are not].
Feedback: By 4th February – 15:00, which is within 20 working-day university policy from the
date/time of submission – 8th January 2020 – 15:00.
Essay Structure:
– Title page (Name, student number, module code, title [no more than 10 words] and word count).
– Abstract page (Brief outline of field, main arguments and conclusions to the chosen question – max.
200 words which are not counted towards the overall 3000 words stipulation).
– Contents page (A list of contents with reference to page numbers).
– Introduction (Establish in brief the specific line of inquiry + main point(s) in response to the essay
question you have chosen to address – WHAT; HOW; WHY).
– Chapter headings (Arranged under three headings, discuss the line of inquiry and its relevant points
outlined in the Introduction – these should be arguments or views that frame, contextualise, give
comparative & more importantly critical views [opposing or supporting]. Many of these views can be
found in the bibliographies that accompany your chosen question, but as ever you are encouraged
to undertake wider reading. You must also illustrate your work with relevant examples [such as
buildings, architects, general facts or information], and images that were produced by you [images
need to have captions, and referred to within the body of the text; the images are not to be treated
for ‘decorative’ effects]. You can also use your Design Studio work to illustrate your essay if
relevant. Please note that there has to be a sense of flow in the discussion from sentences,
paragraphs to sections within each chapter and from chapter to chapter. Also, it is crucial that these
ideas always link back to the stated line of inquiry.)
– Conclusion (What is the main overall argument of your chosen essay question? What key aspects
have you discovered through your interrogation of the question?)
– References (MHRA Style footnotes + Bibliography alphabetically ordered list at the end of the
essay. Ratio of paraphrased to quoted sentences – about 70% paraphrased to 30% quoted.
Bibliography – min. 15 sources). Losing marks for inadequate or incorrect referencing, is
– Appendix: Here, place all of your proformas – 18 in total, and a link to your film.
All work must be your own and appropriately referenced using the Modern Humanities Research
Association (MHRA) referencing system. Any work without proper references will fail to achieve a
passing grade. MHRA – University of Plymouth Library Guide: Also, refer to university regulations related to dishonesty, plagiarism
Guest Lecture 04
Monday, 14.10.2019 – 12.00-13:00
Dr. Katharine Willis
Title: Smart Urban Futures
The ‘smart city’ is defined by the emergence of new ways in which material urban systems are
interconnected through information and data, changes in the processes through which cities are
monitored, managed and analysed and a shift in how citizens participate, interact with the city,
and inhabit its spaces. The talk aims to answer the question of what it means for a city to be
‘smart’, and consider the implications for future ways of inhabiting and understanding the urban
What does it mean for a city to be ‘smart’? Using a case study of an urban smart city project
discuss how technologies are used in the city to benefit citizens.
Suggested reading:
Ampatzidou, C., et al. (2016). The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto and Design Toolkit Amsterdam Creative Industries Publishing.
Crang, M. & S. Graham (2007). “Sentient cities: ambient intelligence and the politics of urban space.”
Information, communication society 10(6): 789-781.
Desouza , K. C. & Bhagwatwar, A. (2012). “Citizen Apps to Solve Complex Urban Problems.” Journal of Urban
Technology, 19 (3). pp 107-136.
Kitchin, R. (2011). “The programmable city.” Environ. Plann. B, 38 (6): 945-951.
Mclaren, D. & Agyeman, J. (2015). Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities. Cambridge,
MA: MIT Press.
Sassen, S. (2012). “Urbanising technology.” The Electric City Newspaper. R. Burdett and P. Rode., LSE Cities: 12-14.
Sassen, S (2011). “Open Source Urbanism.” Domus
Shepard, M. (ed.), (2011). Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Waal, M. d. (2014). The City as Interface: How New Media Are Changing the City. Rotterdam: nai010
Willis, K & Aurigi, A (2017). Digital and Smart Cities. London: Routledge.