This course is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to work together on resolving heritage, social spaces, land use, community development and other challenges faced in a contemporary urban environment. Students enrolled in this course have the opportunity to utilize knowledge learned in prior courses in urban planning/design, land use planning, urban management and community development in an investigation of cities in Sudan, and apply their knowledge in re-imagining and redefining the Sudanese city/town as a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable entity. Seen through these different 'textures', the design studio will introduce participants to the social, cultural, and political implications of urban transformation as well as provide training in analyzing, describing and responding architecturally to urban spaces as a physical entity. This design studio is interdisciplinary class where students are expected to work together and learn from each other.


In order for Sudanese planners to make meaningful contribution to challenges facing Sudanese cities and the way planning impact the society, planners in Sudan need to approach planning legislation critically and sustainably. Planners must understand that the laws governing their work are the products of particular social, economical and political forces. Therefore, they should not look at planning laws as solid rocks or assumed them to be cast in stone. Nor should planners accept that planning legislation reflects an internationally universal standard for good planning. If the legislation is not implemented effectively it is, more often than not, the result of the legislation being inappropriate. Because almost all-planning work is circumscribed by legislation it is essential that planners have a sound grasp of the nature of law, how it relates to economic, social and political forces and how it changes over time. Law is not static and changes constantly. Planners must be able both to follow these changes closely when they affect planning but also must be empowered to influence those changes in a meaningful way.

Course Objectives:

This course allows students to;

1. Gain working knowledge of Sudanese legal system and how it applies to urban and regional planning.

2. Obtain a researcher-oriented understanding and abilities to effectively use, interprets and criticizes Sudanese planning laws.

3. Understand recent legal development related to planning in Sudan with emphasis on Khartoum state.

4. Gain Basic understanding of government structure, legal aspects, and practice of local planning.

5. Explore the civic and legal bases of urban planning at the basic level.

Learning outcomes:

After Successfully completed this course students are expected to;

1. Describe the planning and planning-related functions of different levels of government.

2. Critically examine the role of law in achieving the objectives of planning policy and broader environmental objectives and the place of community in the planning process.

3. Identify limitations and strengths of planning and planning-related laws as referenced to sustainability (Planners Code of Ethics).