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Civic Design (Level 2)

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Pablo Sendra
Yes. Please refer to module pre-requisites below.
Assessment method
Oral presentation (30%), Project portfolio (70%)
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Module overview

Civic engagement is now considered to be a key process in urban design and planning practice. This module aims to provide students with learning outcomes that prepare them to work in collaboration with communities for delivering urban initiatives, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to develop tools that facilitate civic engagement. This module presents ‘Civic Design’ as an emergent field that brings together a wide diversity of disciplines: urban design, planning, service design, architecture, geography, UX design and others. Students, with the guidance of their tutors, will work with community groups both in mapping and in co-designing collaborative processes.

The module is delivered in collaboration with Civicwise (http://civicwise.org), an international community of professionals working on tools and projects for civic engagement. This collaboration will allow students to use Civicwise’s digital forum for peer to peer collaboration. Through this platform, students will engage with a hybrid digital and physical learning environment, in which they can share their projects with a wide community of professionals currently working on Civic Labs, receive feedback, and work collaboratively with their peers.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have the ability to work in collaboration with community groups in developing urban initiatives and projects
  • understand key concepts on collaborative urbanism
  • understand the relevance of civic engagement in planning and urban design
  • have the ability to work collaboratively with students from other disciplines
  • have engaged with a hybrid physical and digital learning environment

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). In addition to the standard UCL Summer School entry criteria, applicants must have a basic knowledge of graphic deisgn software and will be expected to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, art, service design, geography, sociology or related disciplines.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Oral presentation (30%)
  • Project portfolio (70%)

Module leader

Dr Pablo Sendra is a UCL Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design. He teaches at the MSc in Urban Design and City Planning. His research interests are the public spaces in social housing neighbourhoods and collaborative processes for planning and designing public spaces. He combines his academic career with professional practice in urban design. In 2014, he won the Lugadero the urban design competition Future Wimbledon, where he proposed a participatory process where neighbours decide about the future of their town centre. He has been involved in CivicWise since its foundation and recently co-edited the book Civic Practices.

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