UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

URBD5807 The Forces that Shape Cities

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1Australian Urban Design Research Centre (Perth CBD)Face to face
Content This unit introduces the concepts of urbanism and urbanity, and the changing form and meaning of the city. Students examine key factors that have shaped urban form throughout history including the environment and our attitudes to it, transportation, technology, building practices, economics, politics, culture and the arts. By tracing the influence of these different factors, students are encouraged to speculate on the challenges of our swiftly changing world and the types of design responses required to meet them.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop the skills to analyse cities with a particular focus on understanding how key themes have contributed to shaping our cities in different ways through the centuries; (2) the kinds of challenges these themes will impose on cities of the future; and (3) the skills to effectively communicate the influence of these changes through concise graphical reinterpretation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) contribution to seminars; (2) international city analysis and essay; and (3) perth image and brief essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Tim Greenhill
Unit rules
Incompatibility: URBD8807 Evolution of the City
Contact hours 36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/URBD5807/SEM-1/2017
Note This unit is taught at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, located in the Perth Central Business District.

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