Course Title: Urban Animators: Living Laboratory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Animators: Living Laboratory

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Roger Kemp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1815

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be engaging with the RMIT City Campus as a ‘Living Laboratory’ during its transformation as part of the New Academic Street (NAS) capital works project.
You will engage in a practice-based work integrated learning project. You will work individually and in groups to respond to an industry standard brief for a temporary artistic public intervention. You will receive and apply industry feedback in order to submit a concept to the NAS Project Team with a potential opportunity to be selected to have your final concept physically realised on the RMIT City Campus during the NAS construction phase. This elective will offer you an opportunity to work collaboratively with students from various disciplines including the RMIT Master of Art in Public Space program in responding to the brief.

“Cities need urban animators that link, weave, stir and stimulate....The urban animator has to communicate reinvented spaces and solicit participation and complicity,” Bunschoten,R 2001,Urban Flotsam: Stirring the City.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Research, critically analyse and respond to an industry standard brief for temporary artistic public interventions.
• Iteratively develop and communicate artistic site responsive concepts.
• Employ individual and collaborative modes of working and applying skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management.
• Engage in an artistic site responsive practice and theory in local and global artistic public interventions.
• Develop and communicate a verbal, written and graphic response to a brief.

Overview of Learning Activities

This elective focuses on collaborative, project–based and industry focused learning in the urban public realm and studio environment.

It will comprise of:
• Developing, communicating and submitting for selection a concept for an artistic public intervention project installed at the RMIT City Campus as part of the New Academic Street capital works project.
• site visits and field work
• online learning environment through the creation of a repository of the process and outcome.
• a series of formal lectures and tutorials
• guest lectures
• self-directed reading and literature reviews

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online system.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your tutor, including books, journal articles, and web resources.
The University Library has extensive resources for Art and Design students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Art and Design Library Guides
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment will include the following items:

• Online collaborative portfolio of concept development and documentation including readings and annotated bibliography. 30% CLOs 1-5

• Preliminary verbal and visual presentations of concept development. 20% CLOs 1-5

• Submission of a concept as a written, verbal and visual response to project brief. 50% CLOs 1-5

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:

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