URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This studio focuses on formal design qualities and the physical qualities of successful urban places. Students prepare an urban design proposal—usually for a mixed-use development, on a relatively clean-slate site in a strong physical context—with a given program and fixed design objectives analogous to the type of assignment that might be offered by a redevelopment authority or private developer. Technical competencies developed in the context of this exercise include areas such as place analysis, socio-demographic investigations, traffic planning, open space quality and function, phasing strategies and development controls. Where appropriate, current local projects are selected for the studio so that students have the opportunity to work directly with agencies and developers and contribute to topical design debates.
Students are able to (1) develop an appreciation of the numerous factors influencing the function and character of urban places; (2) integrate these factors in order to develop concepts for the redevelopment of urban places; (3) test and refine urban design concepts; and (4) produce an urban design framework for a given site to guide its future development.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a combination of exercises submitted throughout semester and (2) a final folio submission. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rob Cameron
Contact hours
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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