URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1

Credit
12 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This is an introductory Urban Design Studio. It introduces the design process and the techniques a designer uses to understand an existing urban environment, generates ideas for its improvement and communicate those ideas to a diverse audience. Students are able to 'read' an urban environment and to represent its qualities through basic techniques of orthographic projection, interpretive sketching and three-dimensional modelling. Students learn how to develop conceptual approaches to an urban design brief and develop these into urban design proposals. Representation and reproduction methods are reviewed, as well as the application of various graphics and desktop publishing programs, Illustrator and Photoshop.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop the ability to analyse existing urban places; (2) acquire specific urban-scaled visual, analytical and design communication tools; (3) explore and develop methods of generating conceptual design ideas; and (4) test, refine and finalise urban design elements across a range of scales.
Assessment
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)
Robert Cameron
Contact hours
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
Note
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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