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Introduction to Urban Design & Planning (ABPL20049)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20049
Semester 2
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The subject introduces students to introductory skills relevant to the study and practice of urban design and planning. Building upon the broad understandings developed in the perquisite subjects that relate to the ways that urban designers and planners might successfully intervene in urban places, the subject is oriented to student’s taking steps towards becoming practically able to develop plans, policies and designs to improve urban places, seeking multiple objectives.
Key skills for writing, drawing, urban analysis, design, and working at the scales relevant to urban design and planning will be developed in a mixed suite of lectures, workshops, field trips, tutorials and studios. Students will work on a key project for the semester that allows to develop key skills, culminating in the production of a design for an urban place. Students will develop abilities in presenting using a variety of media and in a range of settings.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  • Gather information from a range of sources relating to an urban place and meaningfully collate, interpret and analyse it.
  • From the above, spatially represent and analyse an urban place, subsequently conveying this to others in meaningful ways.
  • Develop strategies and designs for the ongoing spatial management of an urban place.
  • Reflect upon the implications of their plans and design in terms of social, economic, ecological and cultural concerns.
  • Deliver information about their plans and designs using appropriate representation, written, oral and other relevant means.

Generic skills

• Verbal, written and drawn communication skills.
• Urban analysis via a range of observed, numeric, and qualitative means.
• Individual and team based work.

Last updated: 9 July 2019