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History and Theory of Planning and Design - PLAN9068

Year - 2020

This unit is in two overlapping modules, each of which is assessed. Module one enables students to understand how the main concepts and practices of urban planning and development have evolved; appreciate different perspectives about the roles and purposes of planning; undertake basic historical research about Australian urban planning and development issues, and prepare basic stories and arguments about practical planning issues and current theories. There is a strong emphasis on enriching the ability of students to better appreciate urban form, structure and planning practice generally by analysing such form, structure and process through the lens of history (as 'snapshots' in time), and the understanding of planning theory as drivers that shape and express such urban change such as Garden City values. Interpreting planning practice, places and spaces at different scales and what this reflects (such as underlying theory, values, norms attitudes, public interest, etc.) is a key element of this module. Concurrent with module one, module two familiarises students with the main ideas and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. It covers the dominant urban design theories, principles, conceptual and physical models, analytical methods and drawings from key contributing authors over the period, and explores critically how and why these arose, their interrelationships, spheres of influence, and continuing validity. In this module, the work of key urban planning and design idealists and visionaries are discussed such as Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier. Students will be able to: critically review and interpret key planning and urban design texts/papers; construct and present basic arguments orally and in conjunction with graphics/images in illustrated documents; access and engage with key literature and other sources of knowledge; and use basic conceptual frameworks about planning arguments and stories for both the overlapping fields of urban planning and urban design. Interpreting the built form around you from an historical lens is an important learning outcome.

Lecture 2hrs/wk (and may include some tutorials and group discussions)

Assignment 1: short questions including local field work/observation (40%); Assignment 2 is an analytical portfolio of inqury into 3-4 papers with a strong emphasis on understanding key concepts in the modern planning era via clarity of text and strong visual/image support (50%). Group work (10%)

"City Reader" (Fifth Edition) by Richard Le Gates and Frederic Stout (Routledge)


PLAN9031 or ARCH9062 or ARCH9031 or MARC4201


Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Paul Jones
HECS Band: 2
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