URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
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 and Grace Oliver
Contact hours
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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  • 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.
  • 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.