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Urban Design Studies (ABPL20037)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20037
Semester 1
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Urban design is defined as the shaping of public space, distinguished from urban planning by its focus on urban form, from landscape architecture by its focus on built form and from architecture by its focus on public space. This subject will introduce and critically analyse a broad range of concepts, ideas and theories that frame practices of urban design in a contemporary global context.
Project types will include:

  • new contemporary public spaces
  • future cities
  • eco-cities
  • transport-oriented designand infrastructure projects
  • formal and informal settlements.

Studies of urban design process will include:

  • model making
  • short film production
  • some design techniques

Critiques will include:

  • perception and reinterpretation of urban form
  • social equity
  • environmental sustainability and resilience
  • urban density and intensity
  • liveability and safety
  • politics and economics and city structure

Intended learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the major concepts and ideas of urban design theory and practice;
  • Undertake critique of both contemporary and traditional urban design projects;
  • Situate urban design theories and practices within the fields of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and property.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Use and citation of sources;
  • Written and verbal presentation of ideas;
  • Essay and report writing;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples;
  • Ability to analyze social and cultural contexts.

Last updated: 11 October 2019