UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

URBD5805 Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2Australian Urban Design Research Centre (Perth CBD)Face to face
Content This unit explores the nature and utility of theory in urban design, examining the relationship between design ideologies and the theories of the environment on which they are based. Major design movements of the twentieth century and current urban design ideologies are critically evaluated, providing a foundation for rigorous evaluation of the design proposals advanced by practising professionals, as well as the student's own design propositions being developed in the design studio.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an appreciation of the construction of urban design theory; and (2) evaluate the application of different theoretical constructs in design practice.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a contribution to weekly seminar discussions; and (2) an essay which explores a particular aspect of an urban theory. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Joerg Baumeister
Contact hours 36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/URBD5805/SEM-2/2017
Note This unit is taught at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, located in the Perth Central Business District.

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