Urban Design and Development

Unit code: NBD3200 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


In this unit, students are introduced to the concept and meaning of urban design, and the diverse challenges cities are faced in the era of rapid urbanization. Students will engage in independent and collaborative analysis of urban spaces using different methods and techniques to inform conceptual design ideas and develop a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the project briefing and design process through a design-based project. Throughout the design process, student will review and deepen the existing knowledge of sustainable communities, liveable neighbourhoods, public spaces, environmental planning and the movement of pedestrians and traffic in cities. In this unit students will analyse existing urban spaces and propose conceptual designs for the master plan. The final design project will be presented and communicated through posters, power points, and physical models.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate deep insight into a wide range of urban design projects;
  2. Propose creative strategies to analyse urban spaces and communicate effectively with a range of skilled professionals, including architects, builders and engineers;
  3. Adapt knowledge and skills to design for liveable neighbourhoods and sustainable communities; and
  4. Design and develop the urban conceptual master plan demonstrating a deep level of understanding of the existing design issues and a high level of analytical and critical skills.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Case Study 1
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
In-Class tests (5)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Individual Portfolio
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Team portfolio, poster presentation and physical model which reflect students' skills in urban design and development.

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