ABPL20037 Urban Design Studies

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hour of lecture and 1.5 hour of tutorials per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Prof Justyna Karakiewicz


Justyna Karakiewicz

Subject Overview:

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
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.
  • Model making exercise equivalent to 1800 words due in week 7 (35%);
  • Short movie production equivalent to 1000 words due in week 10; (25%);
  • 10 class exercises (equivalent to 800 words) due weeks 2-12(20% in total);
  • Lecture quizzes (equivalent to 800 words) weekly (20%).
Prescribed Texts:

Course Reader

Recommended Texts:

Larice, M. & Macdonald, E. (2007), The Urban Design Reader, London: Routledge.
Benevolo, L. The History of the City
Bacon , E. Design of Cities
McGrath, B. Urban Design Ecologies

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.

This subject is required for the Urban Design and Planning Major of the Bachelor of Environments. It is advised, but not required, that it be taken during the second year of study.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): Urban Design and Planning

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