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Unit Overview


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.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rob Cameron
Contact hours
6 hours studio per week
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.