Morphological Mapping

Subject ABPL30051 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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: One 3-hour session per week
Total Time Commitment: 12 Hours
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Semester 1
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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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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Mr Ian Woodcock, Prof Kim Dovey


Subject Overview: This subject will introduce the field of urban morphological analysis and a range of techniques for urban mapping. It will include techniques for mapping and analysis of various layers of urban data, for instance: figure/ground, grain size, building and public space typology, infrastructure, functional mix, movement networks, density, streetlife, character, viewsheds and pools of use. The focus will be on an understanding of how various techniques of urban mapping can creatively contribute to different urban design concepts, approaches and outcomes within a global context.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:
  • understand the role and importance of morphological mapping for urban analysis and design;
  • read and critique a layered morphological database;
  • build a simple layered database for an urban site;
  • understand the use of mapping as a creative tool for urban design.

Graphic and written submissions throughout the semester to the equivalent of 5000 words as follows:

  • Assignment 1, due week 4 (25%).
  • Assignment 2, due week 8 (25%).
  • Assignment 3, due week 12 (50%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Mapping and graphic representation.
  • Use of computerized databases.
  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary work.
  • Use and citation of sources.
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas.
  • Ability to analyze social and cultural contexts.
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Urban Design and Planning
Related Breadth Track(s): Urban Design and Planning

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