Characterisation   

ARC00064M

Module leader: Bob Sydes

 

Overview

The concepts of urban and landscape character have been around for many decades and forms part of the thinking of urban designers, archaeologists, ecologists, landscape architects and many others involved with the management of change in our contemporary world.  Most agencies and local planning authorities in the UK and elsewhere use characterisation for strategic and spatial planning and to inform specific heritage management decisions. This module will explore the methodologies and concepts used to examine the character of the historic environment, its origins, its application and its strengths and weaknesses. The course examines how it has been applied in the City of York and culminates in student participation in a live city project that relies on the enhancement of character and distinctiveness.

Aims

  • To introduce the student to the concept of characterisation within the historic environment, its origins, development and uses
  • To examine the strengths and weaknesses of characterisation methodology
  • To examine a real world development scenario within the City of York, applying knowledge gained to brain storm solutions for positive place making

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate:

  •  an understanding of the key principles of the characterisation methodologies;
  • a knowledge of the curatorial frameworks and policies that give context to characterisation work;
  • an understanding of the uses of characterisation; and
  • an awareness of the benefits of characterisation, and of its drawbacks
  • To introduce the student to the concept of characterisation within the historic environment, its origins, development and uses
  • To examine the strengths and weaknesses of characterisation methodology
  • To examine a real world development scenario within the City of York, applying knowledge gained to brain storm solutions for positive place making

 

 

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