URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
While our urban settlements can be viewed as our most enduring cultural artefacts, the form and evolution of the city is emerging as a significant global issue confronting contemporary societies. This unit seeks to develop an appreciation of the historic evolution of the city and the range of forces impacting on city development both across time and in different social, political and economic circumstances.

This unit provides the opportunity for students to develop practical skills in the generation, representation, and communications of design.
Students are able to (1) understand the historic development of the city and the social, cultural and economic forces at work in its evolution; (2) appreciate the range of urban design theories put forward in attempting to explain the city and the broader frameworks within which these theories exist; (3) understand the substantive and emerging challenges faced by the contemporary city from the point of view of urban designers; and (4) demonstrate both critical thinking in the analysis of academic literature and competent written skills in presenting an opinion.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) notebook (LMS); and (3) essay. 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 Zoe Myers
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.