Urban & Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning

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Urban & Regional Planning

The Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney is your pathway to the professional world of planning. The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) accredits this course, ensuring professional relevance and excellent employment opportunities.

Planners are strategic professionals that reconcile the complex demands of law, budgets and aesthetics to produce plans for vibrant, functional and desirable public spaces and cities. The planning program at the University of Sydney is recognised for its focus on the significant challenges of scale in planning. Our expertise in both Urban and in Regional planning means that when you study with us, you will be adept at working across the spectrum of planning works, whether for a population of 500 or for 5 million, in Australia or overseas.

You will benefit from the expertise of our staff and our close ties with industry. Our academics are all active contributors to the profession, forging close links with state, national and international planning organisations. We regularly host prestigious international planning conferences, including the only UPE conference to be held in the Asia-Pacific. All of this combines to give you unparalleled access to the best teachers and a solid network of industry contacts as you complete your degree. This is consistently demonstrated in our high student-satisfaction and graduate employment surveys.

We give you flexible options to expand the scope of your degree by undertaking one of our exclusive enrichment options. Offered in Heritage Conservation or Urban Design, you can improve your employment prospects by taking these specialisations. No other program planning program in Australia gives you the flexibility to pursue these enrichment options

CAREERS

Urban planning is an important function in many professions. You may find yourself working as a consultant alongside politicians or in private companies. There is also a demand for planners by local councils and state planning authorities in strategic and regulatory roles. Planners are allied professionals to engineers, architects and environmental consultants. They provide advice, support and their expertise in planning to ensure that proposed projects are appropriately developed, assessed and investigated at a range of levels. There is also an important role for planners in the development of policy, particularly in international development, where the Faculty holds expertise.

Planning is a vibrant, challenging and rewarding career. It is much more than the simple, technical evaluation of different site planning and design options. Instead, planning is infused with consideration for human welfare and social equity. The social and environmental impacts of a project are always at the forefront of a planner’s mind. Our planning program gives you the tools and approaches that will enable you to work in planning-based roles both in Australia and internationally, and can give you this experience during your degree through our extensive exchange network.

International Connections

The Urban and Regional Planning program has strong international connections in the United Kingdom, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region, and is recognised for its expertise in the formulation of national planning strategies and comparative housing studies. Dr. Paul Jones, for example, has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Urbanisation Office in Papua New Guinea and has been instrumental in the launch of the first PNG national urbanisation strategy and implementation plan.

Students of the Urban and Regional Planning program benefit from this expertise and global connectedness. You will experience guest lectures from key development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, as well as from internationally renowned planners. There are many exchange opportunities with institutions around the world, further expanding your understanding of urban planning and management in different national contexts. With a mix of student backgrounds in the program each year, this all combines to give you perspectives on planning that go well beyond the classroom.

Interdisciplinary Engagement: Cities Network

The Cities Network brings together over 30 urban researchers from The University of Sydney to address several interlinked thematic areas demanding an interdisciplinary response. As a planning student at The University of Sydney you will be exposed to the current research, networking opportunities and community engagement over current issues in the planning discipline and beyond. Visit the Cities Network Webpage to discover more, and to join the mailing list of upcoming events.

ENRICHMENT

Enrich your degree and maximise your employment potential

Dedicated planners understand that issues of scale affect all aspects of a master plan. To extend your understanding of these issues across various domains, we offer students enrolled in the Master program the ability to complement this approach to the scale of planning with enriched degree options. These options give your degree greater scope and the ability to tailor your program’s direction and content to best suit your planning career. You can enrich your Urban and Regional Planning degree in one of two ways:

Enrichment Option: Heritage Conservation

Students looking toenrich their planning degree can pursue a specialisation in Heritage Conservation. The University of Sydney offered the first degree in HeritageConservation and has produced excellent conservators around the world. By incorporating Heritage Conservation into your degree, you attain an understanding of this important aspect of the built environment that can both inform and constrain your planning work. This is of particular importance to planners that intend to work in regions with historic significance and cultural value.

Add the Heritage Conservation enrichment option to your course planner to see how you can attain these specialist skills.

Core

PLAN9063
Strategic Planning and Design
6
1
The aim of PLAN9063 Strategic Planning and Design is to provide students with grounding in the core knowledge and skills needed to practice as a contemporary urban planner. A key emphasis in the unit is understanding strategic planning at a range of levels (both process and content), and applying this knowledge to a specific case study site. The latter includes a basic appreciation of planning and urban design skills in site evaluation, analysis and preparation of masterplans. Strategic planning in one form or other is a generic process that underpins much of the work that planners and urban designers are involved in at varying spatial levels.By the end of this unit, students will be able to explain the varied forms, scales and key issues involved in contemporary strategic urban planning and urban design, prepare a basic strategic context analysis, site analysis, design proposal, and an articulation of planning and urban design issues; and apply key technical tools. This includes basic demographic analysis, graphic presentation, consultation strategies and survey tools to urban planning and problems. Students will be able to assess strategic plans, including basic urban design criteria, and identify their role and implementation relevance in the planning process. In addition, this Unit of Study will enable students to develop generic skills such as group discussion, productive group work and organisation, negotiation skills and information literacy skills.This is an introductory core unit for the Urban Planning degree and an elective for the Urban Design degree.
PLAN9068
History and Theory of Planning and Design
6
2
This unit is in two overlapping modules, each of which is assessed. Module one enables students to understand how the main concepts and practices of urban planning and development have evolved; appreciate different perspectives about the roles and purposes of planning; undertake basic historical research about Australian urban planning and development issues, and prepare basic stories and arguments about practical planning issues and current theories. There is a strong emphasis on enriching the ability of students to better appreciate urban form, structure and planning practice generally by analysing such form, structure and process through the lens of history (as 'snapshots' in time), and the understanding planning drivers that shape and express such urban change. Interpreting planning practice and what this means and reflects (such as underlying values, norms attitudes, public interest, etc) is a key element of this module. Concurrent with module one, module two familiarises students with the main ideas and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. It covers the dominant urban design theories, principles, conceptual and physical models, analytical methods and drawings from key contributing authors over the period, and explores critically how and why these arose, their interrelationships, spheres of influence, and continuing validity. In this module, key urban design 'classics' are discussed critically as history, design sources and tools.Students will be able to: critically review and interpret key planning and urban design texts, construct and present basic arguments, orally and in documents; access and engage with key literature and other sources of knowledge; and use basic conceptual frameworks about planning arguments and stories for both the overlapping fields of urban planning and urban design.This is an introductory core unit for both the Urban Planning and Urban Design degrees.
PLAN9045
Economics for Planners
6
1
The aim of PLAN9045 Economics for Planners is to introduce the key economic theories, processes and techniques used by contemporary urban planners. The Unit of Study has two parts. In the first part of the Unit, students are introduced to the economic drivers shaping city and regional development outcomes, and the location and form of different land uses. The second part of the Unit equips students with core technical skills, including project and program evaluation, demographics and population forecasting, economic and social impact analysis, development feasibility, assessment of benefits and costs, and justification for public funding.
PLAN9062
Planning Law
6
2
This unit aims to develop an understanding of planning law that enables competent professional practice in addressing a range of complex planning issues.Students will be able to prepare reports on practical planning issues that demonstrate: knowledge of how planning intentions are implemented through policies, instruments and controls; knowledge of how planning law shapes practice; knowledge of instrumental arrangements and environmental planning procedures; knowledge of the main characteristics of well-reasoned and well-structured documents; awareness of the importance of evidence and argument in preparing planning proposals, for example, about planning instruments and development applications; and a general understanding of techniques for community consultation.
PLAN9064
Land Use and Infrastructure Planning
6
2
This unit is primarily concerned with planning, land use and infrastructure within the built environments. It emphasizes conceptual knowledge, with examples and case studies to demonstrate the application of concepts in practice. Students are encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically in developing understanding and practical knowledge about environmental planning at the metropolitan and local level.This unit is in two modules, each of which is assessed.1. Land use, infrastructure planning and urban development: different forms of infrastructure; the role of infrastructure in creating good environments and urban development; transport and the space economy; accessibility, the emergence of transport technologies and their influence on urban form; the impacts of car travel on densities, dispersion, congestion etc; orthodox transport planning; transport systems management; demand management and travel pricing; traffic restraint and local area traffic management; mobility and accessibility; networks, centres, and development corridors; transit oriented development and urban form. The Sydney Metropolitan Strategy and concepts contained therein are used as a main focus for this module.2. Land use planning, development control and plan making: within the context of more effective land use planning, this module examines at the process of assessing a local area (such as structure, form and understanding character), developing local vision and neighbourhood strategies and structure plan, translating the strategy and structure plan into basic land use and planning controls (such as building height, floor space ratio, heritage, and other local area provisions) and producing a basic plan for development control purposes. A case study is used for class work (with practitioners involved) so as to understand how the plan making process evolves, including the assumptions and values used. This is an introductory core unit for the Urban Planning degree and an elective for the Urban Design degree.
PLAN9061
Planning Principles, Systems and Practice
6
1,2
This unit aims to prepare you for professional practice as a strategic or development assessment planner. It focuses on social, economic and environmental principles for contemporary planning practice; the systems for land use planning and environmental management in Australia, and the practice of statutory planning and development assessment in NSW.By the end of this unit of study you will: understand the social, economic, and environmental principles underpinning contemporary planning practice; appreciate key legal and institutional processes for environmental planning in Australia and internationally; be familiar with the various planning state, regional, and local planning instruments in NSW, and understand when and how they apply to planning proposals. You will also be able to assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts of basic planning proposals, and justify these recommendations in professional planning reports. In preparing for professional practice you will gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and requirements for public participation in environmental planning and assessment; and the ethical responsibilities of land use planners, including respect for diversity and the importance of social equity, in guiding decision making processes and assessing planning proposals.
PLAN9018
Planning Report
12
1,2
The planning report is a substantial piece of research conducted over one semester. It takes the form of report (between 10,000 and 15,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice. Please note however that students electing to do a stream in the MURP program should select a topic relevant to their chosen stream. The planning report is therefore an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area and so develop a "professional edge". The objective of the planning report is to allow you to develop research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the report include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research relevant to problems in planning practice; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A planning report generally includes: a literature review to delineate a planning problem or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions; an explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions. Permission to continue the Planning Report is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. Planning reports are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled.
PLAN9010
Planning Dissertation 1
12
1,2
The planning dissertation is a substantial piece of research, conducted full time over one semester (by enrolment in PLAN9010 and PLAN9011), or part time over two semesters (by consecutive enrolment in these units). It takes the form of a document (between 15000 and 25000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice. Students electing to do a stream in the MURP program must select a topic relevant to their chosen stream. There is also an option for students to prepare a shorter document suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The planning dissertation is an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area. For those intending to undertake further academic study, the dissertation also provides an opportunity for you to develop your research skills.The objective of the dissertation is to allow you to develop higher order research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the dissertation include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence.A dissertation generally includes: a literature review to delineate a problem or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions and / or hypotheses; explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions; an abstract.Permission to continue the Planning Dissertation is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester.The dissertation will be marked by two examiners. Dissertations are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled in Planning Dissertation 2. Note that only one submission is required for both Planning Dissertation 1 and 2. It is not possible to complete Dissertation 1 independently of Dissertation 2. Students who intend a shorter project should enrol in PLAN9018 Planning Report.
PLAN9011
Planning Dissertation 2
12
1,2
The planning dissertation is a substantial piece of research, conducted full time over one semester (by enrolment in PLAN9010 and PLAN9011), or part time over two semesters (by consecutive enrolment in these units). It takes the form of a document (between 15000 and 25000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice. Students electing to do a stream in the MURP program must select a topic relevant to their chosen stream. There is also an option for students to prepare a shorter document suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The planning dissertation is an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area. For those intending to undertake further academic study, the dissertation also provides an opportunity for you to develop your research skills.The objective of the dissertation is to allow you to develop higher order research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the dissertation include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence.A dissertation generally includes: a literature review to delineate a problem or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions and / or hypotheses; explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions; an abstract.Permission to continue the Planning Dissertation is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester.The dissertation will be marked by two examiners. Dissertations are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled in Planning Dissertation 2. Note that only one submission is required for both Planning Dissertation 1 and 2. It is not possible to complete Dissertation 1 independently of Dissertation 2. Students who intend a shorter project should enrol in PLAN9018 Planning Report.

Enriched Core

ARCH9100
Introduction to Urban Design
6
1,2
This introductory unit of study will provide students with the necessary skills to participate effectively in the urban design studios and will include site, spatial and public domain analysis, map and plan reading, visual, verbal and written communication techniques, and basic computer-based 3 dimensional modelling and numerical analysis. This unit will introduce students to the objectives and principles of urban design by analysing a number of public spaces, the spaces between buildings and the public domain and urban conditions in Sydney.
ARCH9080
Urban Ecology, Design and Planning
6
2
This unit will introduce the conceptual bases for sustainable development and explore how principles of sustainability can be introduced into land use planning and urban design, including environmental management and multi-criteria evaluation methodologies in three modules: Module 1 will examine the evolution of urban areas in relation to their biophysical setting using the Sydney metropolitan area as a case study. This will lead to an understanding and appreciation of the urban ecology of the city in terms of the flows of materials, resources and energy, and the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil. Module 2 will introduce principles of sustainability and the history and development of concepts of urban sustainability. Module 3 will introduce methods and frameworks for evaluating and measuring sustainability.
ARCH9062
Urban Design - Ideas and Methods
6
1
The unit will familiarise students with the main ideas and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. It covers the dominant urban design theories, principles, conceptual and physical models, analytical methods and drawings from key contributing authors over the period, and explores critically how and why these arose, their interrelationships, spheres of influence, and continuing validity. In exploring their origins, it necessarily refers back to earlier periods. In this unit, the urban design 'classics' (eg Sitte, Le Corbusier, Lynch, Hillier, etc) are presented and discussed critically as history, design sources and tools. It complements the Urban Morphology unit (ARCH9063) unit, which emphasises the built forms that have resulted in part from the theories and models covered in Ideas and Methods. It is a core unit that supports the Urban Design Studios in the Urban Design programs and an informative elective for students enrolled in or intending to enrol in the Urban Architecture Research Studio.
ARCH9063
Urban Morphology
6
2
The unit outlines the nature of urban morphology, and its rise as an area of study, and explores the evolution of city forms with an emphasis upon urban structure and typology. Most designed components of our cities conform in their general characteristics to identifiable types; they reflect the functions of cities, cultural values and the technological, economic and social circumstances of their times. These have been laid down over particular landforms and previous built forms and landscapes to result in usually complex, and often distinct, local characteristics. The ability to recognize, investigate and respond to these forms and relationships lies at the heart of good urban design. The development of an historical knowledge, and of sensibilities and skills in the recording and interpretation of urban pattern and form for design purposes is the unit's primary aim. It will develop abilities to make more informed 'readings' of the urban landscape, and judgments about structure and form in contemporary urban design: retention, modification, replacement, etc. On completion, a student will be better able to: recognize structures and patterns, and key building and spatial typologies that contribute to overall city morphology; record and describe these, investigate and explain their origins, and discuss informatively their place in urban change and contemporary design. It complements the Urban Design - Ideas and Methods unit (ARCH9062) which emphasises the theories and models underpinning the forms that are covered in this unit. It is a core unit that supports the Urban Design Studios in the Urban Design programs and an informative elective for students enrolled in or intending to enrol in the Urban Architecture Research Studio.
ARCH9001
Urban Design Studio A
12
1,2
These studios are the heart of the urban design program. Values, knowledge and skills acquired in other units and from previous experience are supplemented and enhanced, and applied creatively to both the investigation and development phases of design projects at an urban scale. These may be concerned with the generation of strategies, frameworks, concepts, master plans, public space improvements, or other urban design purposes. They are chosen carefully to expose students to a range of contexts (central city, suburban, institutional campuses, etc) and contemporary issues concerning urban form, activity, transport and the implementation of projects. Students are expected to extend their presentation methods by developing illustrative, writing and verbal skills appropriate to urban design. It is usual for the backgrounds of those enrolled in the studios to span at least architecture, planning and landscape architecture, with inter-disciplinary group work an essential part. Visionary and innovative approaches are encouraged. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate (professional-level) problem recognition, investigative, analytical, interpretative, design and presentation skills and abilities on projects of an urban scale. Assessment may also embrace abilities to prepare and interpret project briefs, program proposals and work in groups. The central aim of this unit is to develop abilities and skills (investigation, analysis and interpretation, design development and presentation) which will enable students to carry out urban design projects such as the preparation of strategies, frameworks, concepts and master plans in a professional and visionary manner.
ARCH9002
Urban Design Studio B
12
1,2
These studios are the heart of the urban design program. Values, knowledge and skills acquired in other units and from previous experience are supplemented and enhanced, and applied creatively to both the investigation and development phases of design projects at an urban scale. These may be concerned with the generation of strategies, frameworks, concepts, master plans, public space improvements, or other urban design purposes. They are chosen carefully to expose students to a range of contexts (central city, suburban, institutional campuses, etc) and contemporary issues concerning urban form, activity, transport and the implementation of projects. Students are expected to extend their presentation methods by developing illustrative, writing and verbal skills appropriate to urban design. It is usual for the backgrounds of those enrolled in the studios to span at least architecture, planning and landscape architecture, with inter-disciplinary group work an essential part. Visionary and innovative approaches are encouraged. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate (professional-level) problem recognition, investigative, analytical, interpretative, design and presentation skills and abilities on projects of an urban scale. Assessment may also embrace abilities to prepare and interpret project briefs, program proposals and work in groups. The central aim of this unit is to develop abilities and skills (investigation, analysis and interpretation, design development and presentation) which will enable students to carry out urban design projects such as the preparation of strategies, frameworks, concepts and master plans in a professional and visionary manner.
ARCH9002
Urban Design Report
12
1,2
The Urban Design Report is a substantial project involving research conducted over one semester. It will usually take the form of an illustrated report (between 10000 and 15000 words) on an approved urban design subject of the student's choice. The subject may be of a practical bent (e.g. review or preparation of an urban design project) or more theoretical (e.g. review of a conceptual viewpoint), or it may occupy the middle ground (e.g. exploration of a contemporary issue or review/testing of a method). If of a more practical nature, its theoretical underpinning should be explicit. If more theoretical, it should refer to its practical implications. The report is an opportunity to advance knowledge and skills in a particular area of urban design and so develop a "professional edge". The aim of the Report is to enhance abilities and knowledge essential to the practice of urban design. These include the abilities to: define and address a practical or theoretical urban design problem; conduct such a project in an acceptable investigatory manner; think critically about the subject; identify, access and use appropriate and up-to-date information sources, including relevant theory and methods; and present the report, including appropriate illustrations, in a manner that shows both academic and professional competence. The report must demonstrate these features. Permission to continue the Urban Design Report is subject to the approval of a satisfactory research proposal by week 3 of the semester in which the student is enrolled. The Urban Design report is to be submitted by the end of the first week of the formal examination period for the semester in which the student is enrolled.

Electives

PLAN9049
International Urban Development Planning
6
1
This unit is designed to fill a significant gap in the evolution of the urban and regional planning syllabus. Development project assistance is a multi billion dollar industry with Australia alone contributing significantly through projects and technical assistance in Africa, Asia (east, south and north) and the Pacific. Additionally are the programs of the multilateral agencies like the World and Asian Development Banks and those of the largest donor countries of Japan, United States and European nations. There are many parallels between urban and regional plan making and the design of development projects. Indeed, some planning consultancies are primarily engaged in international development assistance work. Differences in context, approach, content and implementation place particular demands on development project designers that are not addressed in standard land use planning texts. Additionally, expenditure of large sums of public money has brought with it demands for quality assurance (QA) assessment at each stage of the development project activity cycle. An introduction to QA methodology and practice is a necessary component of development project design.International development assistance is a huge business employing large numbers of Australian consultants, contractors and supplying companies together with those of partner governments. Planners contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of development projects in most of the neighbouring countries of Asia and the Pacific. Development project design is conditioned by several key elements including: components of the project activity cycle, thematic policy goals and essential quality assurance requirements. This unit is designed for planners who may work in the field of international development.By the end of this unit of study you should have an understanding of the role and scope of development assistance project planning; an ability to undertake the studies required at each stage of the development project activity cycle; familiarity with the fundamentals of development project design; ability to comply with design conditions imposed by the key policy themes of: poverty, gender equity, environmental and sustainability focused development objectives; familiarity with the scope and character of urban and regional planning project design and implementation in the Asia-Pacific region; and an understanding of quality assurance assessment methodology in development project assessment.The unit reflects the increasing internationalisation of Australian planning practice. It caters to the needs of local and international students intending to work on urban and regional planning projects within a development assistance context.
PLAN9071
Housing & Urban & Regional Development
6
1
This unit introduces the key policy and planning issues associated with the "production" and "consumption" of housing. These range from the physical location and sustainable design of new housing, through to the dynamics of the housing market, and the contribution of housing strategies to urban and regional revitalisation. The unit focuses on emerging themes in housing and urban development, and develops practical skills in designing strategic planning, policy, and project based responses to encourage more affordable, appropriate and environmentally sustainable housing outcomes for urban and regional Australia. By the end of this unit of study you should understand the basic structure and operation of housing markets; be familiar with important policy objectives for housing within the broader context of sustainable urban or regional development, such as sustainability, affordability and appropriateness of design; and understand the relationships between these policy objectives and the land use planning framework. You will also learn the basic skills associated with the housing development process, from financial feasibility through to the design and approval of a particular project.
ARCH9063
Urban Morphology
6
2
The unit outlines the nature of urban morphology, and its rise as an area of study, and explores the evolution of city forms with an emphasis upon urban structure and typology. Most designed components of our cities conform in their general characteristics to identifiable types; they reflect the functions of cities, cultural values and the technological, economic and social circumstances of their times. These have been laid down over particular landforms and previous built forms and landscapes to result in usually complex, and often distinct, local characteristics. The ability to recognize, investigate and respond to these forms and relationships lies at the heart of good urban design. The development of an historical knowledge, and of sensibilities and skills in the recording and interpretation of urban pattern and form for design purposes is the unit's primary aim. It will develop abilities to make more informed 'readings' of the urban landscape, and judgments about structure and form in contemporary urban design: retention, modification, replacement, etc. On completion, a student will be better able to: recognize structures and patterns, and key building and spatial typologies that contribute to overall city morphology; record and describe these, investigate and explain their origins, and discuss informatively their place in urban change and contemporary design. It complements the Urban Design - Ideas and Methods unit (ARCH9062) which emphasises the theories and models underpinning the forms that are covered in this unit. It is a core unit that supports the Urban Design Studios in the Urban Design programs and an informative elective for students enrolled in or intending to enrol in the Urban Architecture Research Studio.
ARCH9080
Urban Ecology, Design & Planning
6
1
This unit will introduce the conceptual bases for sustainable development and explore how principles of sustainability can be introduced into land use planning and urban design, including environmental management and multi-criteria evaluation methodologies in three modules:Module 1 will examine the evolution of urban areas in relation to their biophysical setting using the Sydney metropolitan area as a case study. This will lead to an understanding and appreciation of the urban ecology of the city in terms of the flows of materials, resources and energy, and the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil.Module 2 will introduce principles of sustainability and the history and development of concepts of urban sustainability.Module 3 will introduce methods and frameworks for evaluating and measuring sustainability.
ARCH9100
Introduction to Urban Design
6
1
PLAN9073
GIS Based Planning Policy and Analyis
6
2
This unit is concerned with using GIS to analyse planning problems and undertake policy analyses. The unit will include a comprehensive introduction to mapping and the use of GIS: data structures, topology, projections, spatial and non-spatial queries. Australian census products will be described and students will be expected to analyse census statistics using GIS maps. The role of GIS in coordinating various forms of information for policy analyses, preparing master plans, in presenting information for development control, impact analyses and wider management purposes will also be covered. The use of GIS to support visualisation will be covered, using examples about designing development projects and planning instruments. Finally, the various forms of distributing maps to the public and policy-makers will be discussed.The unit integrates the hands-on learning of GIS software with a `research-based` approach. Teaching will involve short lectures, studios and workshops. Assessment will be on a series of smaller assignments and a larger report prepared by each student that integrates GIS-based (and other) graphics into a coherent policy analysis. In addition, each student will make oral presentations on their work in studio sessions.
PLAN9074
Public and Community Finance for Planners
6
2
This unit will cover the elements of public and community finance relevant to planners. The need for this unit has become more significant as planning policies shift from the regulatory towards direct engagement with the financial underpinnings of urban development. The unit will be divided into three modules. The first will cover the basics of business finance, including: the roles of equity and debt, analysing business finance statements (current account, balance sheets etc) and, understanding the role of depreciation, working capital, fixed capital and real estate finance. Students will learn to prepare basic feasibility studies using spreadsheets. The second module will focus on public finance. This will include discussion of the regulation of the banking sector, bonding authority and bonding, public revenue sources including the rating system, and public decision making, including issues of discounting and alternative discount rates. It will also consider the government's roles in financing urban development, (land, infrastructure besides buildings etc) and the related roles of departments and corporatised agencies with implementing public policy and managing urban development.The final module will focus on the financing arrangements between government and private sector agencies, including public-private partnerships and development agreements. It will consider different forms of organizations for undertaking and owning urban development, and examine innovative arrangements drawn from overseas experience and consider their relevance to Australia.Class preparation:12hours each of the two weeks, assessment preparation:40.hours/semester

Enrichment

ARCH9028
Conservation Methods and Practices
6
1
The aims of this unit are to develop practical skills in the methods and practices of conservation at an accepted professional level, and to interpret and apply the theory of practice taught in the mandatory core of the course in practical, on-site projects. The unit focuses on culturally significant structures and cultural landscapes and includes: methods of survey and documentation (locating, describing and recording components with possible heritage value; identifying and reading historic fabric; historic and archival research methods; thematic history methods; pattern recognition; natural systems; settlements; cultural mapping; aesthetic analysis; material and stylistic analysis); evaluation methodology (assigning heritage significance); assessment methodology (establishing conservation priorities); and appropriate conservation actions (conservation and management plans, policies and strategies). At the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate: an understanding of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter and the ability to prepare, in accordance with current accepted professional practice, a conservation plan of a place or places of cultural significance; skill in methods and techniques of analysis, assessment and documentation of cultural significance; and the ability to develop relevant policies and strategies for the conservation of a variety places of cultural significance. The intended outcomes are achieved through inquiry, individual study and research and are demonstrated by each student upon the successful completion of set assignments. The assignments are constructed to allow each student to demonstrate his or her level of understanding of the accepted professional methodology and practice in the preparation and presentation of a conservation plan. Assessment criteria based on unit outcomes are used for the examination of the assignments.
ARCH9075
New Design in Old Settings
6
1
This unit will cover one of the most fundamental aspects of heritage conservation. Designing infill and additions to historic buildings and precincts are the common practice of architecture throughout time in all cultures. From a multi-disciplinary background this course will aim to develop skills in the assessment of the cultural significance of existing buildings, the impact of new works to the heritage significance of historic buildings in existing contexts, visual and spatial literacy in the design of new fabric in old settings. The course will provide a wide range of examples, including wide international perspective. The aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history of designing and building new buildings in old settings; to develop an understanding of the major theoretical and practical issues of designing new buildings in old settings; to develop an ability to critically assess the appropriateness of the design of the new in the context of the accordingly accepted current conservation practice in Australia. By the end of the course the student will be able to produce, at a professional level a Heritage Impact Statement as defined by the NSW Heritage Branch.
ARCH9074
History and Theory of Conservation
6
2
The purpose of this unit is to help student is the intent to develop an appropriate level of knowledge in the development of the ideas and practices of conservation over an historical perspective from Classical times to the present in the Western and Non-Western context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theoretical ideas and practices of Sir George Gilbert Scott, John Ruskin, the Arts and Crafts Movement, SPAB in England, Eugene Voillet-le-Duc in France. The study of architectural history will provide a broad survey of the development of Western architecture and garden design from the time of the Ancient Egyptians to the present as well as examining in greater detail the development of Australian Architecture from 1788 till the present time. The principal aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history and theoretical basis of the development if the idea and practice of conservation from Classical times to the present. Additional to this another main aim id to develop an understanding of the historical development of Western traditions of architectural and garden design, as well as to develop a sound intellectual basis for the understanding of the theory and practice of current conservation practice in Australia and beyond. By the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate an understanding of the history of the development the idea of conservation through time and in Western and non-Western traditions; an understanding of the development of Western traditions of architecture and garden design; and skills in the applying this knowledge in the assessment of cultural significance in the Australian and international context. Student workload effort expected:class preparation: three hours per week; assessment preparation 40 hours per semester.
ARCH9083
Conservation of Modern Materials
6
2
The aims of the course are to introduce students to broad range of specialists from the related fields of architectural conservation and related disciplines that specialize in the conservation of modern building fabric; to introduce students to the appropriate and accepted methods of the conservation modern architectural materials; and to familiarise students with the relevant literature pertaining to the domain. The objectives of the course are to allow the student to develop a broad understanding of excellent contemporary conservation practice in the conservation of modern materials; to develop a broad understanding of good and bad practice in the conservation of modern materials. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and prepare academic paper related to the domain. Class preparation: 1hour /week, assessment preparation: 15-20 hours/semester
PLAN9048
Environmental Design and Planning
6
i
The unit teaches knowledge and skills relevant to designing and planning the built environment. It engenders capability with designing buildings, places and urban form, having regard to a range of environmental design, planning and sustainability considerations. The unit covers a range of related concepts and topics: designing for user comfort, quality built environments, and sustainability; key environmental design factors (air flow and ventilation; natural and artificial lighting; solar provisions; noise; energy efficiency, waste management etc); urban ecology and landscapes; natural environments and urban systems; innovative hydraulic systems; sustainable architectural and urban design; social dimensions of environmental design; lighting public places for safety, amenity and enclosure; designing secure and manageable public places; implementing ESD with instruments, guidelines and approvals; and environmental studies and development approval. The key attributes engendered by the unit are: to be able to use concepts and methods in a sound and creative manner; to be able to solve relevant design problems; to be able to apply appropriate technical skills and knowledge; and to be able to produce appropriate reports and designs.
ARCH9082
Conservation of Traditional Materials
6
2
The aims of the course are to introduce students to broad range of specialists from the related fields of architectural conservation and related disciplines who specialize in the conservation of traditional building fabric; to introduce students to the appropriate and accepted methods traditional construction and of the conservation traditional architectural materials; and to familiarise students with the relevant literature pertaining to the domain. The objectives of the course are to allow the student to develop a broad understanding of excellent contemporary conservation practice in the conservation of traditional materials; to develop a broad understanding of traditional building methods; to develop an understanding of good and bad practice in the conservation of traditional materials. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and prepare academic paper related to the domain.
PLAN9065
Resource and Environmental Management
6
1
The aims of this unit are (1) to understand basic principles and decision making tools of sustainable environmental and resource planning and management through social science perspective; (2) to apply principles of resource and environmental management to assess the impacts of development activities through case study discussion, and (3) to help students formulating strategies to address environmental and resource management issues and enhance environmental equity and sustainability, particularly with respect to conducting, managing and evaluating environmental impact assessments and addressing the issues of stakeholders participation in collaborative planning and management of environmental and natural resources in Australia. This unit is especially relevant to government agencies, community groups and also non-government organisations involved in environmental and resource planning and management at local, regional, state and national levels; to international conservation and environmental management organisations; and to consulting firms, including those that specialise in environmental assessment and management. Through lectures, case study analyses and discussions, this unit aims to enable students to explore and understand how political and economic processes at various scales can influence environmental and resource management decisions and outcomes at local and regional levels, affecting the nature and extent of social and ecological outcomes in relation to moving towards achieving sustainable environmental and resource management.
PLAN9069
Urban Design and Development Control
6
1
The unit aims to develop a professional standard of competence in the generation and implementation of urban design and development controls; and to demonstrate a critical and reflective awareness of the philosophies, concepts and practice of urban design and development control. The unit focuses on the development of design arguments, the translation of preferred design outcomes into development control codes, the legal framework of development controls and the comparison and contrasting of desired design outcomes against appropriate controls. Students should be able to prepare clear and concise development controls, assess and report on the physical and social impact of alternative urban design and development control strategies, and prepare and evaluate design proposals. By the completion of this unit students will be expected to: understand the nature, history, and evolution of development controls; have fundamental notions of good urban design; critically examine design strategies and development controls and make inferences about the type and quality of urban design they are likely (or not) to produce; and develop skills in understanding the implications of overlaying development controls over the built environment. It is expected that: each student will demonstrate critical skills for assessing the soundness of policies, regulations, norms, and codes; students will be able to prepare case studies, which demonstrate understanding of various forms of development controls, and the ability to apply these to urban design proposals.
PLAN9072
Housing Policy and Assistance
6
2
This unit focuses on emerging issues associated with the role of governments in housing, particularly the provision of housing assistance. The field of housing policy studies is extensive with a strong interdisciplinary base that provides a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives on housing issues facing professional housing workers, planners and architects working in Australia or abroad. The unit includes a comparative and historical perspective to increase awareness of differences in housing markets and housing needs, and to promote discussion of alternative approaches to housing policy. The unit will provide opportunities for students to discuss the policy making process and policy choices with practitioners working in different agencies and to analyse the drivers, objective and impacts of recent housing policy initiatives. Students will gain a comparative perspective on housing policy approaches using European and regional examples; and learn to analyse housing assistance needs and measures, including approaches for particular groups - for example housing for indigenous people and communities, housing models for people with support needs. The anticipated outcomes of the unit are to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the rationale for, and scope of, government intervention in housing; and to develop skills in developing and implementing policies that assist lower income earners and those with particular needs to access appropriate and affordable housing.

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Masters applicants should hold a bachelors degree with a credit average. Graduate Diploma applicants should hold a bachelors degree. Graduate Certificate applicants should hold a bachelors degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. Students enrolled in either the certificate or diploma can apply to upgrade if they satisfy the requirements of their degree with a weighted average mark of 65.

The Maximum Credit that can be applied from previous study towards this degree is as follows: Masters | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Diploma | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Certificate | 12 credit points. Applications for credit can only be applied for at enrolment time.

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Professionals and graduates in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or a closely related area, will develop and extend their professional expertise, but applicants from other disciplines are welcome. An introductory unit of study has been introduced to enable all students to participate effectively in the design studios, and to provide a basic grounding in urban design for students wishing to undertake the Graduate Certificate only.

Master of Urban & Regional Planning

This program does a really good job of teaching you practical skills that you can translate to different areas. The assignments are what you do in industry. And at Sydney there is a way to learn both the theory and tools.

I’m quite impressed. When I signed up for this master program I was accepted to five schools around the world. And I knew I wanted to work in the Pacific. I put a significant amount of research into this decision and it’s all worked out.

I’m happy I’ve gotten this training, because these are things you need to know to hit the ground running. International Development work isn’t for everyone; there is a lot of politics, lobbying and governance stuff, yet there is a real degree of appreciation for that in this Faculty.

Right now I’ve got four projects in three countries. I work for Habitat for Humanity; they’re an NGO that does affordable housing initiatives and I work in the international department doing water, sanitation, health grants, resettlement, education and female household empowerment. It’s really diverse work, and this master helped me find it.