ARCH 3006 Urban Design

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102070

Coordinator Awais Piracha Opens in new window

Description The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature, role and relevance of urban design. It will examine the issue of urban design at both the micro and macro scale. It also aims to promote awareness of, and sensitivity to, design considerations, and to enable students to critically evaluate urban spaces and places. A key feature of the course will be the development of the graphical communication skills of students.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects ARCH 3001 - An Introduction to Urban Design LGYA 1333 - Local Planning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Understand the issues and concepts used by urban design professionals;
  2. Develop design criteria and plans for public spaces;
  3. Identify cultural heritage criteria in urban design, and address issues for appropriate protection and/or development of heritage;
  4. Determine the environmental impacts of urban design, and address issues for appropriate environmental mitigation and/or enhancement;
  5. Determine the social contexts of urban design, and address issues of social justice and community empowerment.

Subject Content

Urban utopias: garden cities to new urbanism
Importance of streetscape design and neighbourhood character
Topography, social context, history and design
The environmental impacts of urban design
Designing public realms: congregation and assembly
Designing boundaries: exclusive and inclusive design
Designing across the public / private binary
Designing transit spaces: assisting with flows and routes
Defensive spaces
Crime prevention through design


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Analysis of public space 1000 words 35 N Individual
Individual Report 1500 words 30 N Individual
Studio participation 35 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Awais Piracha Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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