Urban Planning

Specialty Introduction

The Urban Planning Program originated in September 1979, evolving from the Urban Planning of Fujian Construction Engineering School, a technical secondary school. The Urban Construction college started enrollment in 1984, and in 2003, undergraduate Urban Planning majors were admitted. This is a five year program, with the bachelor's degree in Engineering awarded to graduates. Currently, over 3000 graduates with this major are working nationwide. Urban Planning is divided into two courses of study: Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. Out of 222 graduates, 17 have been admitted to postgraduate programs.

Students from the program have received many honors and prizes:

  • From the National Urban Planning Professional Students Homework Exhibition organized by the National Higher Urban Planning Committee:

    • 2006,one Excellent Work prize for social practice report.

    • 2007, two Excellent Work prizes for planning and design.

    • 2008, four Excellent Work prizes for planning and design.

    • 2009, one Second Prize for planning and design, one “Honorary Award” for the fifth landscape design.

    • 2010, three Excellent Work prizes for planning and design.

  • In the students’ urban planning competitions of Fujian colleges and universities 2007 -2008:

    • Two first prizes, four second prizes, and five third prize.

  • Three social investigation reports were published in the second volume of Fujian Architecture, 2009.

Urban Planning is the featured major of Fujian Province, Theory of Urban Planning and Measurement are evaluated courses of excellence of FJUT, and Introduction to Urban Planning a university-level course of excellence, awarded for the faculty members of Urban Planning and teaching team. First, second, and third prize were awarded to “Urban Planning, Undergraduates’ Course Teaching, Research, and Innovation”, Running Characteristics and Practices of the Urban Planning Profession in Application-Oriented Universities, Urban Planning Engineering-Oriented Talents Cultivating Mode and Innovation , and Urban Planning Curriculum Design and Reform at FJUT. “‘Five-Year Education in Urban Planning –Not the Only Option for Undergraduates” received the Third Prize for excellent essays. The Urban Planning professional cultivation plan, focusing on students’ fieldwork capabilities and maintaining the program’s features, is based on the platform of the Planning and Design Institute of FJUT.

The Urban Planning major aims to help students gain the knowledge, professional skills and innovative spirit needed in the developing economic zone on the west coast of Taiwan Straits. Students will master a solid foundation and fieldwork skills, while developing morally, intellectually and physically. Graduates will be qualified for positions in urban planning, including design, planning and management, building design, and research, in the area of regional planning, including land use planning, transport and municipal engineering planning, landscape design, urban social economic development planning, urban development, real estate, and other related fields.

Main courses: Principles of City Planning, Urban Planning Design, Project Design, Urban Roads and Traffic, Urban Environment and Ecology, Economics of City, History of Development and Planning in China and World, City Planning Regulations, System Engineering of City Planning, Introduction to Scenic Spot Design, Urban Landscape Planning.

Curriculum Introduction

Principles of Urban Planning introduces students to the principles, methods, and economics used in planning and design. In this course, students will gain knowledge in urban development, urban planning, programming, land-use, development strategy, city layout, urban transport and road systems, urban public space, urban historical and cultural heritage protection, urban planning implementation, administration, and other related topics.

Urban Planning and Design introduces students to urban design theory, and helps them to development the skills to solve problems related to city space and the environment. Students will master the methods and principles of city planning, regulatory detailed planning, residential area planning and design, urban design, urban planning procedures, planning essentials and related laws and regulations. This course is mainly taught in the classroom, with the aid of slide shows and multimedia courseware.

Architectural Design focuses on small- and medium-sized public building and villa architecture design and model making. Students will gain knowledge in the ideas and methods of architectural design, along with the relationship between the building and public space. This course helps students master the design skills, and related contemporary science and technology. It also enhances their receptiveness to new ideas in this area, their ability to independently acquire and use knowledge, their observation, evaluation and analytical skills, imaginations, and creativity.

Urban Road Traffic helps students master the theory and practical skills of city traffic planning and road design, and the correlation between urban traffic and road system planning. Students learn to think in terms of traffic data, combined with national urban land allocation, transportation characteristics, and the demands of environmental protection. In addition, bicycle traffic, static traffic and road alignment design are emphasized. The course also introduces roadbed and road pavement structure, bridge engineering, and the municipal-service tunnel. Students are required to know the impact of urban traffic planning in urban development, master the basic ideas, theories, and the contents and methods of the urban transportation system, and the requirements of urban road traffic planning. Students also gain design skills, laying a foundation for students who intend to work in urban road planning and design.

Urban Environment and Ecology introduces the principles and theories of ecology and the environment, including the urban environment. With case analysis, this course helps students to master the methods of incorporating the theory into their practice.

Urban Economics, based on urbanization in China, introduces the basic disciplines and strategies of urban development in China. The course includes the history and future of urban development, the position, function and structure of the urban economy, urban economy and finance, the universal disciplines of urbanization, the orientation of China urbanization, as well as management concepts and modes.

History of Chinese and Foreign Urban Development focuses on Chinese and foreign urban development processes, city change, and the city and its use of space. Students are required to learn the related urban planning theories and the methods for studying urban history. They will gain a thorough understanding of the effects of politics, economics, culture, and philosophy on urban construction and planning. They will master the typical city construction mode and theory, and improve their skills in incorporating urban planning theory and environmental factors into their architectural design.

Urban Planning Management and Regulations introduces domestic and foreign urban planning systems and management. Students will gain knowledge in administrative management and law, urban planning management, the objectives of different planning stages, and the planning system and its various functions. They will learn the characteristics of urban planning, management and regulations under different social and economic environments, including China’s urban planning system and implementation process. The course lays a solid foundation for future professional planners, and helps students prepare for their graduation design.

Urban Planning System Engineering focuses on system engineering methodology, data collection and processing in system models, system description, and oft-used system models. Students are required to learn the basic theories of system engineering, grasp the methods of putting them into practice, and gain the ability to analyze concrete problems in construction. Students should also learn to construct and evaluate the system. The course lays a solid foundation of professional knowledge and practical skills.

Urban Landscape Planning aims to help students master the relevant knowledge and gain the skills to work in garden green space layout and urban green space design. The course helps improve students’ thinking, artistic expression, design abilities, and drawing skills in these areas, as well as encourage their garden green space appreciation.