Urban Design Studies

Subject ABPL20037 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hour of lecture and 1.5 hour of tutorials per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Justyna Karakiewicz


Email: justynak@unimelb.edu.au

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
Web: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Overview:

Urban design is defined as the shaping of public space, distinguished from urban planning by its focus on urban form, from landscape architecture by its focus on built form and from architecture by its focus on public space. This subject will introduce and critically analyse a broad range of concepts, ideas and theories that frame practices of urban design in a contemporary global context.

Project types will include:

  • new precincts and linkages
  • retrofitting and revitalization
  • new waterfronts
  • transport-oriented design
  • greenfield and brownfield developments
  • informal settlements.

Studies of urban design process will include:

  • staging and displacement
  • community process
  • design regulation

Critiques will include:

  • aesthetic
  • social
  • economic and environmental sustainability
  • urban intensity
  • livability and safety
  • politics of imagery
  • access and equity
Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the major concepts and ideas of urban design theory and practice;
  • Undertake critique of both contemporary and traditional urban design projects;
  • Situate urban design theories and practices within the fields of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and property.
  • Critical analysis task of 2000 words due in week 7 (40%);
  • Methodology exploration of 1,500 words due in week 12 (35%);
  • 5 class exercises on techniques( equivalent to 800-1000 words) due weeks 2-6 (25% in total).
Prescribed Texts:

Course Reader

Recommended Texts:

Larice, M. & Macdonald, E. (2007), The Urban Design Reader, London: Routledge.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Use and citation of sources;
  • Written and verbal presentation of ideas;
  • Essay and report writing;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples;
  • Ability to analyze social and cultural contexts.

This subject is required for the Urban Design and Planning Major of the Bachelor of Environments. It is advised, but not required, that it be taken during the second year of study.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Environments Discipline subjects
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): Urban Design and Planning

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