URBD5807 The Forces that Shape Cities

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
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)
Timothy Greenhill
Unit rules
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
Contact hours
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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