GEOG3305 Urban Planning and Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
This unit draws together several themes developed in earlier units in the human geography and planning major and introduces students to the specific issues confronting contemporary urban design. Topics covered include medieval cities, order and disorder in urban form, sense of place, townscape composition, spatial syntax, human ecology, civic values and imperatives for change associated with sustainable cities. The main focus is on understanding the importance of people in the urban environment.
Students are able to (1) identify and understand the factors influencing urban form and development; (2) comprehend the impacts of urban forms such as landscape, buildings and public spaces; (3) understand and define the qualities of urban places; (4) understand the use of maps and diagrams used in urban design; (5) develop an appreciation of the design process and communication techniques (verbal and graphic); and (6) hand draw two-dimensional planning and design concepts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) group work project; and (3) site planning project (individual). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development
GEOG2206 Social Geography and Planning
PLNG3302 Urban Design for Planners
Contact hours
lecture/ practical studio: 3 hours per week
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