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City Design and Urban Ecology - BADP2005

Year - 2020

Global change and population growth present significant challenges to the resilience of urban landscapes. Planning and design of urban development is the most powerful tool to meet these challenges. This unit of study provides students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable urban development and the legacy of design at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Students will develop a toolbox for embedding ecological and physical principles in urban design to maximise the functionality of green infrastructure for a range of purposes. This unit will provide an understanding of the interacting physical processes between urbanisation and the local environment as well as issues in global sustainability such as certification of materials and utility of urban land use types. At the completion of this unit, students will be able to articulate the principles of sustainable design within the context of social, political and economic constraints at a range of spatial/temporal scales. Students will develop conscientious approaches to improve the sustainability and resilience of domestic and international urban landscapes.

lecture 2 hrs/week, tutorial 1 hr/week, 1 x 1-day field trip

critical thinking assessment task (35%), case study in sustainable urban development (35%), sustainable materials report (30%)

Assumed knowledge
It will be assumed that students have a basic awareness of social, environmental and political circumstances surrounding climate change, urban development and the concepts of sustainability.


12 credit points of 1000-level units including DAAE1001


Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Adrienne Keane
HECS Band: 2
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