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Land Use and Urban Design (ABPL90132)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90132
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly known as Urban Design for Planners.

Urban design is concerned with the qualities, use, ongoing improvement and management of the public realm such as streets, squares and pedestrian malls. This subject emphasises the development of urban design skills that are of value to urban planners, while critically reflecting on urban design as it is practised. Students will develop understandings of the nature of urban design, and the roles of planners and other professionals in relation to it. The fundamental qualities of urban places are examined from an urban design perspective. These understandings form the basis of skills development in using planning tools to achieve desirable urban design outcomes. An integrated program of lectures, studio workshops, fieldwork, and teamwork provide the theoretical and practical basis for developing urban design skills and understandings. Students will undertake hands-on urban design work, while reflecting critically upon the role of urban design, the skills they are developing, and the manner in which planning interconnects with urban design.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to enable students to:

  • Understand the nature of urban design;
  • Assess the urban design qualities of urban places;
  • Use planning controls to effect desirable urban design outcomes;
  • Prepare and present urban design documents;
  • Integrate and apply theoretical knowledge.

Generic skills

  • Creative response to complex problems.
  • Spatial analysis.
  • Awareness of different approaches to design tasks.
  • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse, plan and communicate.

Last updated: 29 April 2017