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Urban Design and Planning Studies (PLAN30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2017

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Year of offerNot available in 2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePLAN30002
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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 precincts and linkages
retrofitting and revitalization
new waterfronts
transport-oriented design
greenfield and brownfield developments
informal settlements.

Studies of urban design process will include:

staging and displacement
community process
design regulation

Critiques will include:

economic and environmental sustainability
urban intensity
livability and safety
politics of imagery
access and equity

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should 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

Students who have successfully completed this subject will have developed the following 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: 16 August 2017