University of Technology Sydney

15221 Urban Design and Management

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This subject provides a detailed exploration of the principles of the urban design process and best practice in the management of the urban environment. By examining past and present approaches to the management of both the design process and broader urban governance, students are able to gain both a competent perception and the ability to recognise and apply sound principles of urban design and governance. Emphasis is placed on how the form of the public realm responds to social, political, environmental and economic pressures. Particular attention is focused on the promotion and control of urban development and design via regulatory instruments, plans, codes, desired future character statements, policies, etc. The evaluation of development alternatives is considered through cost benefit analysis and the planning balance sheet. The subject examines changing philosophies of urban management and governance, through the delivery of lectures in political theory and the structures of decision-making and how they have shaped planning and design practice, including the analyses of public participation and community politics.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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