This course will provide theoretical and practical techniques for understanding and interpreting urban form and urban design in metropolitan and regional settings. The course is valuable to a range of disciplines because it focuses on exploring issues relating to growth and design of cities and their social and cultural character. You will use a case study project to explore issues around urbanism and apply principles of urban design. From this project you will learn to undertake site analyses; develop design concepts; and establish design details that interpret local and regional context.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus studio workshop||3hrs||Week 1||12 times|
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Identify and describe the key concepts and definitions in urban design||Knowledgeable|
|2||Apply the main principles of urban design - looking at the relationships between economic, social and environmental parameters||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Synthesise various forms of data to identify problems and opportunities and formulate a vision, goals, objectives and solutions to resolve issues.||Creative and critical thinker|
|4||Develop and communicate design based solutions which reflect the principles of urban design and respond to requirements of the case study site.||Creative and critical thinker|
|5||Communicate in a professional manner via verbal, written and graphic media||Empowered|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Reflection and review of all content is encouraged in weekly interactive tutorials, and feedback will be given in class.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
1400 words (+-10%) plus illustrations
|Week 4||Online Submission|
4-6 illustrated A3 sheets with supporting text
|Week 8||Online Submission|
5 to 8 A3 or A2 sheets (including illustrations - maps, diagrams, drawings, photos - and supporting text)
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Site, Local and Regional Analyses|
This task will enable you to identify the opportunities and constraints for planning and designing a specific site. You will be able to do this through the understanding of natural, sociocultural and environmental processes; urban and regional economies; and social and demographic parameters of the case study site and local and regional communities.
This assessment can be handed in A4 or A3 formats. It requires you to prepare a site analysis and background report on the case study site. This will provide the basis for justifying any proposed changes through your vision, concept design and details in Assessments 2 and 3. As a team, you will: - Collect the background data and information regarding the general influences and characteristics of the site and its urban context, including planning scheme provisions. - Establish the relationships and key elements affecting the case study site. - Interpret and draw conclusions using methods of analysis.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Town Planning and Urban Design concepts|
Building from Assessment 1 you will develop three concepts (planning and design scales) for the case study site. Ultimately you will create a vision statement supported by illustrated concepts of urban form and structure (you are expected to present perspectives, photos, sketches, sketch-up models etc)
This is a portfolio submission which demonstrates your understanding and interpretation of the site (based on Assessment 1) translated into the development of three concepts. It should present: - A cover with your name, student ID and project title - At least one sheet for each concept (illustrations and analysis) - Justification of the chosen ('best') concept to be developed in Assessment 3. This is also a visual sheet which should communicate primarily through illustrations, supported by text.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Town Planning and Urban Design proposal|
Building on Assessment 2 you will create a vision statement supported by illustrated concepts of urban form and structure.
Your role is to develop and justify urban design solutions for the case study site. This project has a written component but is primarily a document that uses plans, maps, images, graphics and captions to convey the message. The development of your design should be based on readings used in this course and material on reserve in the Library. Your design solution will include: - Vision/goals/objectives and key policy actions for the site - Analysis of site, local and regional context (Assessment 1) - Delivery of a detailed design solution for a key aspect of the chosen concept design (chosen from Assessment 2) - Implementation and expected outcomes, including criteria to monitor long term outcomes for the community
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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