You will undertake a range of history and theory subjects along with three design studios where you develop your practical, creative skills to apply on real-life urban design problems. The program covers:
- Urban history, theory and communications
- Urban design practice
- Urban planning issues
- Urban design research
Students must complete 137.5 points of core subjects plus 37.5 points of electives.
Students also complete 25 points from the following subjects, which comprise the degree's capstone experience and provide students with the necessary research preparation for doctoral study.
- ABPL90376 Urban Design Thesis
- ABPL90067 MSD Thesis -Semester Long (25 Points)
- ABPL90217 MSD Minor Thesis
ABPL90217 MSD Minor Thesis requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment.
Students can commence the ABPL90217 MSD Minor Thesis either in Semester 1 or 2.
Master of Urban Design
|Urban Design Studio ACore||25|
Urban Design Studio A
Students will undertake introductory abstract design exercises in the first half of semester providing the foundation for a major urban design proposition and the development of that proposition for end of semester assessment. This subject covers an introduction to a broad range of urban design issues and design approaches which may include: the scope, opportunities, complexities and responsibilities of urban design; urban design issues, elements and systems: analytical and design skills for generating and testing alternative approaches to the urban design development of specific sites; the role of urban design within a given spatial, social, economic and political context. The studio ses...
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|The Shaping of Urban DesignCore||12.5|
The Shaping of Urban Design
The subject provides a critical introduction to the main theoretical concepts, urban models and design approaches that have shaped the practice of urban design through modern times. It focuses primarily on those which have appeared as key published works and been generated by architects, landscape architects and planners to influence practice. It emphasises links between eras (continuities and change), between ideas and practice, and between urban design and the wider landscape of ideas: special attention is paid to the influence of culture, the role and techniques of urban morphology, and the graphic representation/interpretation of concepts, models and places.
Detailed Information ABPL90316
|Urban Design TheoryCore||12.5|
Urban Design Theory
This subject explores contemporary theories and modes of critique relating to the design of the urban public realm. Emphasis is on how urban physical form responds to the economic, cultural, political, social, aesthetic and natural forces of an urbanised area. Assignments and class papers require students to critically engage with a broad range of theoretical positions, and relate them to local conditions.
Detailed Information ABPL90017
|Urban Design Studio BCore||25|
Urban Design Studio B
Students will undertake a series of in depth, critical and propositional studio-based design esquisses or exercises leading to a major exploratory urban design proposition. Their design proposition will investigate one or more key urban design issues or approaches in depth. This subject touches on a range of urban design issues and design approaches including use of urban analytics in the design process, the scope, opportunities, complexities and responsibilities of urban design; urban design issues, elements and systems: analytical and design skills for generating and testing alternative approaches to the urban design development of specific sites; the role of urban design within a given...
Detailed Information ABPL90273
|Strategic Plan MakingCore||12.5|
Strategic Plan Making
This subject was formerly called Strategic Planning Studio Strategic planning is a task undertaken in a range of contexts (social planning, transport planning, urban design), and at many scales (precinct, council, regional, metropolitan). This subject introduces students to the skills and tools used in strategic planning, from problem identification and site analysis; through demographic, economic, and social background research, including GIS; identification of alternatives and policy development; to creating an implementation, monitoring and evaluation plan. There is a strong international comparative emphasis to this subject, including a focus on 'the real world' of governance in relat...
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|Urban Design Studio CCore||25|
Urban Design Studio C
Students will undertake a series of in depth, critical and propositional studio-based design esquisses or exercises leading to a major exploratory urban design proposition scheme. Their design proposition will investigate one or more key urban design issues or approaches in depth, whilst demonstrating a thorough understanding of the broader implications of their proposal.This subject integrates a range of urban design issues and design approaches including use of urban analytics in the design process; parametric urbanism; complex adaptive systems; Pareto efficiency; the scope, opportunities, complexities and responsibilities of urban design; urban design issues, elements and systems: anal...
Detailed Information ABPL90389
|The Economies of Cities and RegionsCore||12.5|
The Economies of Cities and Regions
This subject explores planning and policy making for productive and competitive urban settlements by investigating the economic drivers, activities, and interrelationships of cities and regions. You will examine how making and moving of goods, services, and jobs shapes the vitality, structure and governance of cities and regions. Complex planning issues, requiring judgements about the competing demands of economic development and social needs, are associated with the growth and decline of sectors and places in their particular urban contexts. Various economic perspectives and examples are used to show and interpret how urban activities and sectors – such as manufacturing, transport, servi...
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|Planning Law & Statutory PlanningCore||12.5|
Planning Law & Statutory Planning
This subject covers the legal framework within which urban planning takes place, and the ways in which local provisions (e.g. ‘Planning Schemes' in Victoria) can be used to implement plans by regulating development. It focuses on the legal frameworks and measures used in Australia, with particular emphasis on Victoria, but critically compares these with alternative approaches used in other jurisdictions. The intention is to teach students not just how to ‘operate' the current legal and statutory systems, but also how to change them to produce better outcomes. We begin by considering the role of regulation and laws in the process of urban planning, and the objectives that statutory plannin...
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|Urban Design ThesisCore||25|
Urban Design Thesis
This subject is the culmination of each student's studies in Master of Urban Design. It will consist of a number of autonomous studio groups offering a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate an original approach to design synthesis in the relevant discipline, which is based on research and critical thinking. These studios may offer an interdisciplinary experience with students working alongside others in a parallel design discipline.Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of design resolution, conceptual engagement and aesthetic expression.With course coordinator approval, high-achieving students may undertake the Urban Design Thesis as an individually supervised desi...
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