Course Title: Urban Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1392

City Campus

Postgraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Emma Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email please

Course Coordinator Email: emma.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Urban Design Studio 1 is part of the sequence of studios that cumulatively develops your approach and position to design practice in the urban realm, and a keen understanding of the spatial, material, performative and economic dynamics of urban space. This course will introduce key facets and considerations of urban-based design practice, including contextual, professional, formal, experiential and conceptual aspects of a project brief. You will evaluate and creatively respond to the project brief through design; intensive, iterative, and speculative engagement with urban questions is the primary mode of learning. Advanced design and graphic communication skills will be developed through the projects, which you will present visually and verbally to public, peer and professional audiences. The course will also introduce multidisciplinary and collaborative aspects of urban design practice.


Each Urban Design Studio develops a program of study to suit their studio theme. Refer to Studio handouts for details of each program and specific objectives.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply design skills to generate and evaluate urban design proposals across a range of sites and scales of work;
  • Demonstrate competence in urban design processes and ability to synthesise complex requirements through the medium of design;
  • Describe and present urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually to peers, academics, professional and public audiences;
  • Identify and analyse specific urban spatial qualities and practices;
  • Research contemporary urbanism through the medium of design


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Produce competent design proposals for urban scale projects, addressing a selected range of key issues
  • Demonstrate core communication techniques for urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually to peers, academics, professional and public audiences.
  • Produce applicable urban-based research and assess the contemporary urban environment through design research.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including:

  • Independent and collaborative design
  • Producing visual and verbal presentations of design work
  • Fabrication of physical models or other representative materials
  • Site visits and excursions to relevant projects
  • Attendance at lectures and public events as related to the project


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
More specifically, a list of key reference texts and online resources will be provided and regularly updated. Relevant material will be placed on reserve through the RMIT Swanston Library during semester in which this course is offered.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment tasks may include written documents, graphic folios and in-class presentations.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life. www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/