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11182 Urbanisms

6cp; 6–12hpw, on campus, block
Requisite(s): 11174 Landscape History and Theory 2 AND 11205 Architecture and Landscape Cultures AND 11178c Landscape Architecture Studio 4: Civic AND 11170 Landscape Tectonics AND 11208 Architectural Design: Architectural Communications 2
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.


This subject introduces students to the concept of 'public space' and its relationship to our experiences and expectations of urban environments. Through an intensive series of activities students explore:

What is public space? What forms does it take? What roles does it serve? What factors contribute to its positive existence? And which compromise its ability to exist? How is landscape architecture implicated in the creation of successful public spaces?

These and related questions will be considered through a study of an urban precinct of Sydney and the execution of a related typological investigation of its myriad public spaces. The same site will form the basis of a design project in 11178 Landscape Architecture Studio: Civics.

Both the precinct and typological studies will utilise strategies for the study, documentation and analysis of a complex metropolitan system. These approaches will emphasise the interrelationship between social relations, urban morphology, programmatic organisation and physical context. Desk based study directed at the examination of cadastral and textual materials will be completed by site-based observation using established techniques. Students' completed investigations will form the basis in 11178 for the development of a strategic vision for the urban precinct’s future from the perspective of public space.

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Autumn session, City campus

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