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DAAE1001: Living Cities

This unit of study reviews the challenges involved in planning the contemporary urban environment. It covers a range of perspectives, including urban planning, urban design and heritage. Students will examine the evolution of towns and cities from the first settlements to the modern metropolis, and explore the cultural, economic, political and digital drivers that shape the urban environment. It asks, 'why did cities evolve?', 'what purpose do cities serve?', 'who is the city for?', and 'how are decisions made about cities?' The contemporary urban environment is explored as a dynamic and continually evolving 'living city' that is co-created by architects, planners, urban designers and other public and private stakeholders. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of planning in shaping our towns and cities through time. They will have a basic knowledge of the key ideas that are needed for formulating planning and urban design proposals.

Code DAAE1001
Academic unit Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
DECO1006 and DECO1012 and BDES1011 and AWSS1001

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate capability with critical thinking and conducting empirical, creative research in reviewing planning documents, undertaking studies and preparing reports
  • LO2. Clarify and analyse problems, use appropriate methods, and prepare proposal, critically, creatively and imaginatively
  • LO3. Identify relevant information needs and familiarity with basic review methods to source, access and use information effectively
  • LO4. Demonstrate ability as independent learners who engage in reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
  • LO5. Demonstrate independent and critical thinking with selecting and using effective and innovative techniques, designs and solution
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understanding of social, cultural and environmental responsibilities
  • LO7. Demonstrate communication skills with oral and written presentations, using quantitative, visual and other relevant forms of representation
  • LO8. Prepare and review reports, articles, plans, sites, precedents.