The unit of study will provide students with the opportunity to work with practicing planners and urban designers in local government to formulate 'urban projects' for their respective areas that will then be the subject of interdisciplinary and inter-council critique in a workshop format over three days. Planning has been usually seen as a linear process where high level strategic objectives 'cascade' down through the various levels; from state, to regional, to subregional, to local to neighbourhood, to detailed public domain plans and individual controls for individual development proposals. Urban design and consideration of built form and quality of place only occur at the end of the process. But these end results of the process are arguably what matters to the public most. So the challenge is to find a way to engage with the detail and represent it early in the planning process. 'Strategic urban design' is about bringing these different aspects of planning and design together at the same time: long term and next steps, strategic and design-focused, visualised and quantified to enable the results to inform corporate plans and provide an evidence base for decision making while at the same time being able to answer the question 'what will it look like?'
1 x 3 hr seminar, 20 hrs workshop (2.5 days) 1 x 6hr tutorial, 1 x 6 hr studio
There will be two assessment tasks totalling 100%. These tasks may be group or individual or a combination of both. Group work will be peer reviewed.
Students to have completed a minimum of 12 credit points in the Urban and Regional Planning or Urban Design programs.
Successful completion of 24 credit points of study in current graduate program