Landscape Studio 5:Sustainable Urbanism

Subject ABPL90072 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72 hours: 2 x 3 hours of studios per week.
Total Time Commitment: 240 hours total
Prerequisites: The below subject or equivalent.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Ms Cassandra Chilton


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called Studio 5: Sustainable Urbanism.

One of the primary themes driving environmental thinking in the first decade of the 21st century is the concept of sustainability. For planners, designers, property specialists and others involved in production of space the principal issue arising from the aim for sustainable cities, landscapes and regions, what is sustainable practice?

This studio introduces the fundamental theories about the forms and processes that manifest sustainable environments (issues of urban form; species diversity; energy cycles and flows - materials selection and recycling; place theory)along with those that apply to decision making and implementation over the extended time frames.

Objectives: Students will explore theories related to sustainable practice through their application to a design case. The case will be the vehicle for testing sustainability principles through a typical sequence of activities including environmental evaluation, site planning and design. Emphasis will be on advanced design and communication skills, and critical thinking
Assessment: Progressive project work equivalent to 10,000 words in total comprising an assignment equivalent to 3000 words due in week 5 (30%) and an assignment equivalent to 7000 words due at the end of semester (70%).
Prescribed Texts: Charles Waldheim, (ed) The Landscape Urbanism Reader 2006
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • the application of contemporary urban design theories
  • advanced urban design research
  • advanced urban analysis
  • urban design in complex situations
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment

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