ARCH 7034 - Studio: Urbanism (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This is a studio interrogating theories and practices of urban design. Students are to develop an urban design project demonstrating understanding of the interconnected variety of technical, social and cultural influences upon development of projects considered at the scale of the city. Projects may be located within, but are not limited to, Adelaide. Following examinations of a chosen site, students identify and pursue their own project in response to site-specific issues. These are compared against issues of international significance, treating the specific context as a laboratory for testing ideas against understandings of global urban conditions, infrastructure and city development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7034
    Course Studio: Urbanism (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk), M.LArch, M.Plan, M.Plan(UD), M.Arch/M.LArch and M.LARch/M.Plan(UD) students only
    Assessment Essays, written assignments, illustrated verbal presentations, preparation of variety of other graphic, visual and physical model-based materials
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jo Russell-Clarke

    Jane Eisemann              tutor

    Peter Harding                tutor

    Meherzad Shroff           tutor

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate familiarity with the history of urban design, the planned development of cities and the diverse historic range of disciplines and stakeholders involved in this development.

    Apply and extend skills learnt in earlier studies including written and graphic modes of communication (hand-drawing as well as digitally produced drafting and image-manipulation), research methods and critical thinking. In particular to refine imaging and mapping techniques for examination, development and communication of specific propositions.

    Analyse and ulitise mappings of environments as complex, interconnected natural and cultural systems including, but not limited to: infrastructural (‘green’, transportation, communication, energy, etc), hydrological, biophysical, economic, political and legislative processes.

    Produce urban design propositions that engage critically with their project’s physical, political and historic contexts.

    Demonstrate understanding the ways in which urban design develops cogently informed, sensitive and appropriate development scenarios, including appreciation of the necessity to articulate and argue terms for such sensitivity and appropriateness, rather than apply the received ideas of others as self-evidently correct.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites.

    Speaker Series:
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. Learning resources including recorded lectures and assessment pieces will rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at current-student 
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary


    Week                Topic                                     Lecture

    Week 1             Intro & background               UD history overview

    Week 2             Contemporary UD                 Urbanised film by Gary Hustwit   

    Week 3             Planning                                Planning context for UD - Jon Kellett      

    Week 4             ‘mixed-use’ ‘hybrid’               A Korean example - Julian Worrall

    Week 5             Heritage                               Considerations in UD development

    Week 6             Role of Government              Govt review & intervention. ODASA

    Week 7             Equity and equality               Normalisation & diversity in urban development

    Week 8             Ass 2 presentations              NO LECTURE

    Week 9             Avant Garde                          with Margit Bruenner

    Week 10           writing for design                  design statement workshop

    Week 11           Ass3 reviews                         tbc

    Week 12           Ass3 crits by appointment       

    Week 13           Ass3 presentations
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1 - group urban typology research
    This is a group research project. Each group of 3-4 people will be given a ‘program’ to research; an urban activity or use and its associated building type, both in Adelaide and elsewhere, now and in the past. This is a typological investigation. At the end of this assignment your work will be shared with the whole class and provide valuable information and examples of the whole suite of programs which you need to consider in the next assignment. These programs are: office building, retail outlet, residential apartment, entertainment complex, public recreation space and education environment.

    Assignment 2 - individual program massing options
    This individual assignment is a large-scale design exercise focused on preliminary massing of the suite of programs you must accommodate within a designated ½ city block. You will be assigned one of 6 sites within Adelaide CBD. You will be working digitally and with physical models to experiment with various ways you can spatially – and temporally – mix and combine the required programs; armed with the knowledge of what types and sizes and shapes of spaces are needed for these programs from Ass1. You must consider the existing fabric and will be required to maintain and adapt it in specified ways.

    Assigment 3 - individual final project multi-program activity imaging
    The final assignment is a detailed proposition for the development of your ½ city block which will transform Adelaide!
    You have explored and produced 3 options for arrangements of programs on your site. In this assignment you are to choose one option, reconsider and modify it if you wish, and produce further detail to help communicate the specific activities and qualities of three spaces of overlapping programs or multiuse programming within the development. You are to develop persuasive activity-specific images that show the elements and materials and communicate the qualities of space and light as well as the anticipated users of each activity. In addition you are to consider circulation and show how people will enter and move vertically (up and down through levels) throughout your development.
    Assessment Detail
    Task           Due                                Weighting                      Submission Method


    Ass1 Group Research    Tue 16th Aug 7pm                 20%                        low-res online & tutorial presentation

    Ass2 Program massing Tue 13th Sep 11.59pm           40% (inc.6%peer)   low-res online & tutorial presentation

    Ass3 Imaged final proposition 7pm Mon 31st Oct        30%                       low-resonline & formal presentation Attendance & Participation                     ongoing                                10%                      various weekly workshop tasks uploaded

    All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.

    Selected submissions of the Final Assignment will be included in the All-In Exhibition at the end of the semester.

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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