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SSUD12-220: Principles of Urban Design


This subject introduces students to urban design principles for economically viable, socially supportive, culturally rich, and environmentally sustainable urban places. Contemporary urban design principles are explored in the context of an understanding of pre-modern, modern and post-modern urban design ideas and examples. Principles, protocols and charters adopted by interdisciplinary urban design alliances and Transit Oriented Development proponents are analysed in the light of the influence of a growing body of theory and practice that has built on the mid-twentieth century work of Kevin Lynch and Jane Jacobs. The subject emphasises a collaborative urban design approach integrating the work of professionals in related fields including design, real estate, environmental management and planning.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the main historical and contemporary urban design ideas and their application into an existing urban environment.
2. Demonstrate basic urban design skills in graphics as well as written and oral communication.
3. Analyse and break down the built environment in terms of its fabric, typology, and density.
4. Visually represent an urban environment through a series of maps, overlay maps, indicative images, perspective, and sectional drawings.

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