Urban Design Theory and Practice

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Design Theory and Practice

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Industrial Design, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of ARCI/INTA/LAND 251; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills set to date.

    Learning Objectives:
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. Analyse urban environments using precedent and theories of urban design
    2. Develop strategies for change in urban environments that include reference to contextual,
    functional, social, cultural and aesthetic issues
    3. Design proposals for change to urban environments that implement clear strategic goals
    4. Communicate abstract ideas and resolved design proposals effectively by way of written and
    drawn formats

    Project 1- 60%
    Project 2- 30%
    Quizzes- 10%

  • 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

    Introduction to the history, theory and practice of urban design. Conceptual tools and practices for the analysis, design and implementation of changes to the build environment of cities.

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