Specialised Master Programme
Dr Simona Azzali
Lecturer, Urban Design
Institution: James Cook University Singapore
Programme: Master of Planning and Urban Design (Majoring in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Tropical Urbanism)
What is this programme about?
The Master of Planning and Urban Design (Majoring in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Tropical Urbanism) is an urbanism program that addresses the challenges such as climate change, increasing spatial shortage and the threat of cultural depletion through globalization. It is the first inter-disciplinary degree majoring in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Tropical Urbanism that blends the latest industry ‘best practices’ with urban theory, underpinned by a rigorous understanding of the Green agenda.
The course will equip students with skills in sustainable urbanism, tropical passive design techniques and knowledge of green technologies in order to prepare for the public or private sector.
Who should take the programme?
This course is suitable for graduates in architecture, engineering or facilities management who wish to develop specialist knowledge and industry relevant skills. Planning and policy problems can be extremely complex and tend not to have an ‘optimal solution’. While the effects of these complicated problems can be mitigated by design, there is no template to follow in tackling them, making the course ideal for those looking for a challenging but fulfilling career.
Talk about an interesting module.
What are the social, economic and environmental consequences of rapid urbanization? What is the spatial impact of inner city densification and what steps can be taken to manage overcrowding? That is the question we seek to answer in the module titled “Urban Ecosystems”.
Population increase is leading to dramatic urbanization in the Asian subcontinent. Across the continent largescale migration from the countryside to the cities is a phenomenon that is putting pressure on Asian megacities. Existing urban architectural and planning models struggle to accommodate the increased population and provide open/green spaces for recreation. This subject will aim to explore a vertical urban theory that facilitates development in a sustainably inclusive manner. It will go through in detail planning principles that allow for greener, appropriately orientated social spaces that are climatic responsive, more integrated with circulation patterns within the tall building to permit an ease of movement, and activated by communal and economic uses to encourage greater social interaction within developments.
How can this postgraduate degree help you in your career?
It is a professionally accredited degree that focuses on cities that improve liveability in a changing climate. As a graduate, you will be able to deliver functional, sustainable urban environments that are resilient to disasters. The program brings together the best of academia and private practice and is accredited by the Planning the Institute of Australia (PIA)
When you graduate your work could include tropical planning and urban design to meet the major challenges facing society today. For those wishing to contemplate planning issues in a scholarly way, your Master’s degree could be a stepping-stone towards a career in research.