Landscape Studio 5:Sustainable Urbanism

Subject ABPL90072 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72 hours: 2 x 3 hours of studios per week.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


The following subject or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Ray Green


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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


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, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.

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 Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Landscape Architecture
300 point Master of Landscape Architecture
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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