URBD5807 The Forces that Shape Cities

Credit
6 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.
Content
This unit introduces the concepts of urbanism and urbanity, and the changing form and meaning of the city. Students examine key factors that have shaped urban form throughout history including the environment and our attitudes to it, transportation, technology, building practices, economics, politics, culture and the arts. By tracing the influence of these different factors, students are encouraged to speculate on the challenges of our swiftly changing world and the types of design responses required to meet them.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop the skills to analyse cities with a particular focus on understanding how key themes have contributed to shaping our cities in different ways through the centuries; (2) speculate on the kinds of challenges these themes will impose on cities of the future; and (3) develop the skills to effectively communicate the influence of these changes through concise graphical reinterpretation.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) contribution to seminars; (2) international city analysis and essay (3000 words); and (3) Perth image and brief essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anthony Duckworth
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
Contact hours
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Note
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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