Planning Urban Sustainability

Subject ABPL90064 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1x 3 hours of studio per week.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.


Admission to a master's program in the Melbourne School of Design or the Master of Environment (Graduate Environmental Program) or written approval from the subject coordinator.

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 course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Ole Fryd


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The urban dimension of sustainability is the focus of this subject. The nexus between cities and rural areas is acknowledged. A holistic view of sustainability is explored (environmental, social, cultural and economic). The contribution of cities to the crises of the environment is analysed. Solutions based on existing experience and practice are explored using international and local examples. Methods of planning are discussed, with an emphasis on the policy barriers likely to be encountered and ways of overcoming them.

  • To deepen students' understanding of urban sustainability and its relationship to public values and goals.
  • To analyse the means of governance and planning for urban sustainability.
  • To critically analyse approaches to planning for urban sustainability.
  • To propose solutions to facilitate urban sustainability.
  • Series of class papers / policy exercises – 500 words x 3 weeks (due weeks 3,4 and 5, worth 30%)
  • Field trip report of 1500 words (due week 8, worth 30%)
  • Group project, and report with an individual contribution of no more than 2000 words (due week 12, worth 40%).
Prescribed Texts:

None specified

Recommended Texts:

Newman, P., and Jennings, I. Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices, Washington: Island Press, 2008.
Wheeler, S. M. Planning for Sustainability: Creating Liveable, Equitable and Ecological Communities, Milton Park, Oxon: Routledge, 2004.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To be advocates for implementing the sustainability of the environment
  • To have a broad global understanding with increased regard for human rights, equity and ethics
  • To examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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