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 and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment is through class presentations, discussions with the seminar group, site visits, project work, essay writing, and other visual and text-based work.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and may be delivered in a variety of forms including critique panels, audio or video recordings and written reports.


Details on how to submit work and apply for adjustments or special consideration can be found here:


To be assessed all work must be submitted in the specified format by the due time and date.


Design presentations and in class assessment - You must be ready to present your work for assessment at the allocated date and time, late attendance will considered a non-submission of work and will not be assessed.


Other types of assignments such as coursework, folios, essays and the like must be submitted as advised by the due time and date. Late submissions up to 24 hours will be marked to a maximum of 50%. Late submissions beyond 24 hours will not be assessed.


Physical Submissions - If the it is specified that your assignment must be submitted physically it should be submitted directly to your tutor or coordinator at the specified time and date.


Digital submissions - If no time is specified 11:59pm is considered the deadline for digital submissions. File sizes must be of a suitable size for easy exchange. If because of a technical error you are unable to upload submissions to the designated digital platform you must email your submission to the course coordinator and tutor before the due time and date.



Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. These include:


Equitable Assessment Arrangements.

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. By registering with the ELS it may be possible to negotiate support for learning or variations to assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.



If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, RMIT provides a number of adjustments to assessment.


Extensions of time for submission of work - You may apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. Completed applications and supporting evidence must be emailed to the course coordinator at least one working day before the assessment deadline:


Special consideration - For all other unexpected circumstances you can apply for special consideration – if approved, you may be granted an assessment adjustment. Applications are made online:



The student must inform both course coordinator and tutor by email of any intended or approved adjustments to assessment, this includes variation to submission dates and notification that work has been submitted. This excludes confidential information provided to ELS or applications of special consideration.


Extensions of time and special consideration are made available by the University on the understanding that students will use them sparingly and only in cases of proven genuine need.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: