In this unit, students are introduced to study of urban design issues that are essential in professional practice, thus necessary content in the Bachelor of Building Design program. Students will engage in independent and collaborative analysis to inform their ideas and proposals and will develop their understanding of the fundamentals of the project briefing and design process through a design-based project. Topics review and deepen the student's existing knowledge of sustainable communities, environmental issues and the movement of pedestrians and traffic in urban renewal. Specialist focus on heritage, diverse cultures, urban poverty, human behaviour and emergency management in urban locations will be introduced. Students will develop urban design plans and city models which will be presented and critiqued.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate deep insight into a wide range of urban design and development approaches to the design of sustainable environments;  
  2. Analyse heritage and environmental issues in urban renewal;  
  3. Propose creative strategies to accommodate the diversity of human behaviour in the design of public urban spaces and communicate effectively with a range of skilled professionals, including architects, builders and engineers.  
  4. Compare and modify movement of pedestrians and traffic within urban design;  
  5. Adapt knowledge and skills to include diverse cultural needs and sustainable communities in urban design.  
  6. Design and develop the urban design plans which demonstrates the understanding on the sustainable neighbourhood design; and  
  7. Work and communicate individually and with others effectively on a range of built environment-related topics;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study One (1) Case Study (500 words) 25%
Portfolio One (1) Portfolio 25%
Portfolio Team portfolio, poster and physical model which represent students' skills in urban design and development. 40%
Presentation One (1) Team Oral Presentation (15 Minutes) 10%

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