Course Title: Urban Design Studio 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Studio 3

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Graham Crist

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

ARCH 1394 Urban Design Studio 2

Course Description

Urban Design Studio 3 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.

In this course you will develop proposals for urban-based design projects, with particular emphasis on consolidation and application of urban knowledge and skills. Evaluating the regulatory, experiential and performative aspects of a site, as well as the material, formal, and infrastructural aspects, is a key focus.  You will apply this knowledge to  a series of design scenarios, working through iterative, speculative and intensive propositions. You will begin to formulate an approach toward professional design practice, develop techniques for individual and collaborative work, and tools for accessing and interpreting information locally and remotely. Developing your position toward urban design process and practice through the testing and refinement of project proposals is a key goal. This will be elaborated through visual, verbal and public presentations to a range of audiences. 

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 advanced design skills to generate and evaluate urban design proposals across a range of local and international sites and scales of work;
  • Review and creatively synthesise a selected range of key urban questions, information, programmatic and technical requirements through design, productively engaging with a real site;
  • Present, argue and substantiate urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually, to peers, especially to multidisciplinary or multicultural audiences;
  • Critically and creatively evaluate quantitative and qualitative aspects of contemporary urban space;
  • Produce applicable, multidisciplinary design research for contemporary urbanism and urban practice.

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

  • Produce creative and skilful design proposals for urban scale projects, addressing a range complex issues, across local and international sites;
  • Creative and effective use of advanced techniques for communicating urban design proposals, especially to multidisciplinary or multicultural audiences;
  • Produce applicable urban-based research and critically assess the contemporary urban environment through advanced design-research methodologies.

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 exemplary 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 learning outcomes.

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:

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