Urban Design 1

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Design 1

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (SURV 203 or SURV 213) and (SURV 204 or SURV 214)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the design of subdivisions and principles of urban design. The understanding required in the feasibility, design and planning of urban and suburban land development.
    This paper provides an introduction to the theory of the design of neighbourhoods, spaces, places and streets within successful towns and cities through a combination of lectures, discussions and assignments. The theory component is complemented with applied knowledge related to development issues, including associated valuation issues and development feasibility. The skills and theory covered in this paper are intended add to those introduced in Land Development Engineering 1 and 2 and provide students with an introduction to the tools, techniques, knowledge and understanding required in all aspects of land development.

    Course Structure
    The course covers the following themes:
    -Scope of urban design practice
    -History of urban design
    -Assessing the design and development potential of land
    -Relationships between community and the physical environment
    -Urban design and development processes
    -Visual communication
    -Low-impact urban design and development

    Learning Outcomes
    -Demonstrate the ability to think critically about human environments across a variety of scales
    -Demonstrate the ability to explore, define and respond to complex problems and provide sound reasoning for your choices
    -Understand the multidisciplinary nature of urban design and development
    -Demonstrate understanding of the development process
    -Demonstrate improved written, visual and oral communication skills

    Text books are not required for this course.

    Recommended: Public places urban spaces: The dimensions of urban design by M. Carmona, S. Tiesdell, T. Heath, and T. Oc (2010)

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