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City Form and Development - BADP2002

This unit builds on the content of Living Cities and introduces students to the modern formal domains of planning, urban design and heritage conservation. The focus will be on two main areas of debate, namely, city form and structure, and secondly, the planning and development processes on which the formal planned city is made. The unit will establish the context in which the role of planners, architects and urban designers in the process of building the 'incremental' city is understood, from the site to precinct, neighbourhood and city wide levels. Elements of city form and structure are analysed, as well as mobility, transport, land use, infrastructure and current policy responses at a metropolitan and local level in meeting urban growth needs. The unit will also overview the development process including the framework in which architects, planners and property developers must work. Using a contemporary planning framework, the nature of development assessment, strategic planning and the community's role within this framework are explored. Criticisms and reform agendas around frameworks will be examined. Informal urbanism is also introduced in this unit to address development that occurs outside the domain of formal western regulated planning and design systems.

lecture 2 hrs/week, tutorial 1 hr/week

assessment 1 (individual) (30%), assessment 2 (40%), assessment 3 (group) (20%), participation (10%)

Course material, announcements and assessment submission will be available at


DAAE1001 or (DAAE2002 and ENGG1850)


Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Adrienne Keane
HECS Band: 2
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