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Urban Design and Place Making (8735.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Built Environment and Design



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    • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165188) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (159543) - View
    • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140724) - View

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    This unit introduces the many dimensions of community planning: political, economic, social, cultural and environmental. Starting from fundamental theories of community planning, this unit covers a diversity of community issues, including social policies, affordable housing, community participation, collaborative planning, local economic development, cultural heritage, and environmental concerns. Historical evolution, contemporary development, and future direction of community planning in Australia will be traced, examined, and envisioned in parallel with the international context. This unit particularly highlights the concept and practice of place making in community planning, i.e. achievement of a sense of place in a community, which is more than a space in physical sense, but incorporates the overall well being of people. New Urbanism will be taught as a major tool in community planning and place making.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the capacity to improve society and to contribute to the community;

    2. Understand the nature and fundamental theories of community planning, and its evolution, contemporary and future development;

    3. Work with stakeholders of community planning and be able to build consensus through participation and collaboration;

    4. Address community planning problems analytically and critically by employing proper approaches and methods;

    5. Demonstrate the appropriate communication and presentation skills to engage community in working on community planning; and

    6. Produce and implement community development efficiently and effectively.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week


    At least one of the following units:Introduction to PlanningDesign HistoryBuilding and Construction Studies 1 Introductory SociologySustainable Communities

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