Urban Precinct Studio

Subject ABPL30052 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

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: 1 hour of lectures and 3 hours of studio time per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 Hours
Prerequisites: The following subject is a pre-requisite:
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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Assoc Prof Barrie Shelton


Email: barrie.shelton@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview: The focus of this studio will be on the production of an urban design vision at the scale of an sustainable urban district or new settlement. Students will develop principles and practices for urban design at this scale: morphological and typological analysis, urban design frameworks, functional mix, spatial practices, pedestrian networks, density, place identity and iconography. This studio will have an emphasis on relating the fields of urban design and urban planning. This is the capstone subject for the Urban Design and Planning Major of the Bachelor of Environments and the subject will conclude with an exhibition.

For students to be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to interrogate a brief;
  • demonstrate an ability to generate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
  • develop basic skills in various two, three and four-dimensional media;
  • demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architecture and urban design through the application of the above;
  • develop the ability to make a case for proposals.
  • Preliminary design work due week 6 (25%).
  • Final project, including 2000 word report, due week 12 (75% total - 60% for project, 15% for written component).
Prescribed Texts:

Benevolo, L, The History of the City, Scolar Press, Londo, 1980

Kostoff, S, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings through History, Thames and Hudson, London, 1991.

Lynch, K, The Image of the City, Cambridge, Mass., 1960.

Mumford , L, The City in History, republish by Penguin Books, 1961.

Webb, M, The City Square, Thames and Hudson, London, 1990.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Both verbal and graphic communication skills for urban design.
  • Generation of design ideas.
  • Appropriate use of design terminology.
  • Time management and meeting deadlines.
  • Relation of presentations to designs.
  • Data collection and interpretation.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Urban Design and Planning

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