Introductory Urban Design and Planning (DESP1001)


Students will develop knowledge of key planning ideas, and be able appreciate the context relevant to designing the built environment. They will be able to prepare strategic analyses of basic planning situations, and to prepare design proposals with supporting arguments. On successful completion of this unit, each student will be able to demonstrate their ability: to prepare short documents, using photos, maps, drawings and other illustrations, with annotated comments and supporting text, to present site analyses; to use basic ideas (such as: vistas, viewing and over-viewing, connectivity, legibility, enclosure, uses, activities, environs, links, built form, interest, amenity networks, nodes) in reviewing design situations and preparing simple site analyses; to apply a critical and reflective approach in understanding design situations, and in preparing informative reports. This is an elective unit, which introduces the Urban Design and Planning stream in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture. Elective in other programs. It is relevant to all architectural design students; it teaches students how to prepare planning studies and basic site plans as preparatory phases of designing buildings and places.

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Lecture 2 hrs/wk; tutorial 6 hrs/semester


Assessment is based on a workbook, which will present background studies, a strategic analysis and a reasoned proposal in response to a planning and design problem, besides a review of literature. Literature review (40%); background studies (20%); strategic analysis (20%); proposal (20%).

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