ARCT5515 High Density: the Urban Model

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit comprises a series of lectures and research seminars which introduce the ideas of dense environments and urban models. It looks at models of densification as a way of reducing urban sprawl in cities. Planning strategies and regulatory frameworks from around the world are used to illustrate dense urban fabrics. The unit investigates and introduces a critical analysis of pre-existing urban models then focuses on typical architectural typologies that fit within the urban model and looks deeper into residential and mixed-use buildings in a dense urban context. Students contribute through research and group presentations and the unit terminates in a two-day workshop that requires students to prepare a design proposal based on the selected research.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of what it means to design within a high-density urban environment through the critical analysis of urban models and typologies and (2) cultivate an appreciation of public and private space in cities in terms of their definitions through architectural and urban devices of scale, proportion, access, movement, use and more.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a written and visual research presentation of a selected urban model (40 per cent) and (2) submission of an urban design model following the workshop (60 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Marco Vittino
Contact hours
37 (lectures: 15 hours over 10 weeks; seminars: 10 hours; workshops: 12 hours over 2 days)
The workshop requires students to produce drawings and/or models. Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Notes and key texts are available at the commencement of the unit.



Guasa, M. New Alternatives, New Systems: Birkhäuser Publishers 1998

In detail:

Collective Housing in Holland, Traditions and Trends: Morotani Bunji Publisher 1993

Förster, W. Harry Seidler: Neue Donau Housing Estate, Vienna: Prestel Verlag 2002

Mostaedi, A. Urban Houses, Architectural Design: Carles Broto & Josep Minguet Publisher 2002

Residential Flat Design Code: Urban Design Advisory Service, Planning NSW 2002

Schittich, C. ed. High-Density Housing: Concepts Planning Construction: Birkhäuser Publishers 2004

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