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New digital planning module launched

3 February 2023

Digital image of a city

The School of Geography and Planning has launched a ground-breaking module in Digital Planning and Development.

The module will teach postgraduate students about the latest developments in digital planning, equipping them for changing expectations and roles in planning, urban design and development.

The module explores how we can harness digital tools to better understand cities and improve how we plan. As well as understanding the principles, students will hear from practitioners from government and business and have hands-on tutorials with cutting edge platforms such as Vu City.

Whether for future careers in urban design, planning, real estate or any other built environment profession, this module will prepare students for the increasingly digitised and data-rich way in which urban space is experienced and organised.

The module was developed by Professor Peter Madden, OBE, building on his leadership of the Future Cities Catapult.

Dr Matthew Wargent, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Development and module leader, said: “We’re delighted to be launching our new Digital Planning and Development module tomorrow. Our students will explore how we might harness digital tools to better understand places and improve how we plan for them.

“This hands-on course will prepare our students for the increasingly digitised and data-rich way in which urban spaces are experienced and organised. As well as learning the practical digital skills that are in high demand across the planning industry, our students will explore critical debates concerning the ethics and implications of digital planning, making them well placed to lead the planning system of the future.”

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