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The Shaping of Urban Design (ABPL90316)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90316
Semester 1
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The subject provides a critical introduction to the main theoretical concepts, urban models and design approaches that have shaped the practice of urban design through modern times.

It focuses primarily on those which have appeared as key published works and been generated by architects, landscape architects and planners to influence practice.

It emphasises links between eras (continuities and change), between ideas and practice, and between urban design and the wider landscape of ideas: special attention is paid to the influence of culture, the role and techniques of urban morphology, and the graphic representation/interpretation of concepts, models and places.

Intended learning outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of key urban design concepts, models and approaches, and their sources and applications.
  • an ability to analyse and interpret urban form for design purposes.
  • an ability to recognise major structures and patterns, and key building and spatial types in the urban environment.
  • investigative and interpretive skills appropriate to the subject.
  • presentation (graphic, written and oral) skills appropriate to the subject.

Last updated: 16 August 2017