Urban design is the art of making places, and is a collaborative process that shapes the physical setting for life in urban areas. Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest. Together they explore the design and planning of public spaces, taking into consideration the social, economic, aesthetic and environmental issues involved. Urban planners and designers are actively engaged with some of the most pressing issues of our time, including increased urbanisation, climate change and sustainable resourcing.
In the Urban Planning major, you will develop a broad knowledge of the history, theory, leading concepts and principles of urban planning and design. You will understand the role of planners in influencing environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns, and be able to identify the main trends and factors shaping the development of local, national, regional and global communities.
In addition to the generic attributes of the Bachelor of Design graduate, graduates of the Urban Planning major should be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to bring a broad understanding of design and problem-solving to bear on the discipline of Urban Planning
- Broad knowledge of the history, theory, leading concepts and principles of urban planning and urban design
- Understanding of the practices of quantitative and qualitative research in planning, and an ability to apply them
- Broad knowledge of the science of climate change and the roles of planners in addressing it to support sustainable development
- An ability to identify the main trends and factors shaping the spatial economics and development of local, national, regional and global communities
- An ability to identify and resolve the causes of conflict in negotiation
- Commitment to urban planning as a foundation for equity and social justice.