University of Technology Sydney

11296 Contemporary Issues in Urban Design

6cp; 3 hours tutorial per week (in-person)
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Elective: Contemporary issues in Urban Design



Elective Abstract:

Elective 11296, under the overarching title ‘Contemporary issues in Urban Design’ introduces and engages students in discovering unconventional ways of mapping the city. The elective acquires a sensory dimension as opposed to conventional GIS and cartography-based mapping techniques. This mode of investigation inspires the students to creatively deploy their senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) while developing conventions and apparatus to measure and logically map their observations. Developing novel graphical mapping techniques, identification of co-dependencies, interrelations, and associations between the mapped outcomes shall ultimately open new horizons to understanding and analysing the city.

Elective Description:

The Ctrl.Alt.Map elective aims to create a diverse image and understanding of the city by the use of experiential mapping techniques. Sensory perception involving the human body’s five critical senses: Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch, and Taste are creatively used to understand the city of Sydney. To do so, geo-strings that run across diverse Sydney suburbs are used as trails for conducting carefully choreographed mapping exercises. This mapping process forms the basis of investigating the state of Spatial Equity within the context of Sydney. Students in this elective acquire the role of community residents and responsible citizens to map lived experiences through sensory perception. Students thus not only understand the difference between ‘Equality’ and ‘Equity’ from a sensory context but also embark upon a journey to understand the city as a ‘mosaic’ with its own spatial, environmental, and social identity.

In the first phase of the elective, students engage in place-based mapping using creative methods such as design thinking, data walks and develop ways of measuring and diagramming sensory perception of the city. Strict adherence to developed measuring system while developing novel cartographic representations per sense shall be practised. The second phase involves the translation of qualitative aspects of the maps to a quantitative classification. This quantified data is three-dimensionally visualised to find interdependencies between disparate sensory datasets by using tools such as Kepler GL. The elective thus not only aids in challenging students' creative selves but also educates and externalises hidden, often unseen realities of our city. The final submission takes the form of a written report (including students' creative cartographies) alongside a web-based data visualisation that outlines their findings.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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