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This subject explores the histories not only of particular cities but also more broadly the historical development of spatial and social features of cities. Elements developed over time in both Australian and international urban areas are countenanced with a view to understanding how these have worked and might continue to work – through adaptation, reinvigoration, or refinement – in the urban context. The central question of the appeal and value of the city in the past and present is at the forefront. Understanding of city culture and the quality of the urban fabric over time is emphasised.
50% of the assessment of this course comes from a creative work produced individually by students which reflects on, and engages with, themes explored in the course: cities, creativity, society, history, urbanity, and culture.
Please note that this subject is only available to students admitted into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.
Intended learning outcomes
- Discuss, compare and outline the evolution of cities over time and in different places;
- Research and analyse specific city elements;
- Engage in discourse on city development, plans and urban change;
- Evaluate specific places on historic, heritage and civic criteria
- Convey knowledge of urban environments and culture in a visual and/or experiential format.
- Ability to critically analyse ideas about planning in the light of current practice.
- Ability to discuss, present and write coherently about the debates and themes of planning.
- Development of logical arguments.
Last updated: 10 November 2019