This unit is designed to fill a significant gap in the evolution of the urban and regional planning syllabus by focusing on urban issues in a developing country context. This unit is designed for planners and urban designers who may work in the field of international development and/or who have an interest in better understanding urbanisation, especially in the Asia and Pacific Region. The unit is run as an international field trip with the highly esteemed Insititute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, and is based around the theme of `informal urbanism'. By the end of this unit of study you should have an understanding of (i) the key policy themes of poverty, spatial justice, and environmental sustainability, (ii) tools to explore the nature of informal urbanism, including understanding patterns and types of urban form and structure at the local level, and (iii) cross cultural considerations in planning and urban design. The unit reflects the increasing internationalisation of Australian planning practice in better managing urbanisation, especially within the Asia and Pacific Region. It caters to the needs of local and international students intending to work on urban and regional planning projects internationally and wishing to better understand how the city is made and shaped incuding understanding dimensions of urban complexity.
Overseas Intensive Mode ¿ lectures, seminars and group work discussions, International Field Trip.
Three major assignments: (1) group presentations overseas (20%); (2) group portfoilios and posters (45%); (3) individual reflection piece on the nature of informal urbanism as learned and experienced in the field (35%)
Jones, P. (2016). Unpacking Informal Urbanism - Planning and Urban Design Education in Practice. Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) University Press (Penerbit); Indonesia
In 2018, this unit will be run as an overseas 8-10 day intensive and combined with the ITB Plancosmo Conference to be held in Bandung, April 2018. There is a cap of 20 students maximum in this unit.