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EV5602 - Urban Design Studio

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This studio examines the scope, complexities and responsibilities of urban design. It provides a broad overview of the social, economic, environmental and regulatory factors shaping urban form, and goes on to develop a conceptual framework for effecting good urban design. The main theories, principles, concepts and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present are reviewed, with a view to examining their continuing validity. The studio's emphasis is on creating a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and commercially feasible urban environment with reference to current urban design priorities such as urban consolidation and ecologically sustainable development. The subject is organised as studio sessions that are augmented with lectures/seminars devoted to current urban design practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • enhance the student's professional skills through developing an understanding of the social, economic, physical, historical, political, and legal processes which influence the form and structure of urban areas;
  • expand the student's presentation skills by developing illustrative, writing and verbal skills appropriate to urban design.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively.


Cairns, Study Period 6, Block
Census Date 21-Jun-2012
Face to face teaching 30-Jun-2012 to 08-Jul-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Lisa Law.
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals - 18 x 2hr practicals
Assessment: essay (20%); design proposal (30%); participation (10%); school-administered final exam (40%).

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