Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse and evaluate modernist, post-modernist and contemporary theories around world cities using a range of methodologies
  2. propose urban interventions using principles and theories of urban design and evidence-based judgement
  3. develop research methodologies surrounding a site and apply to urban design principles and practice.
    • Introduction to Cities
    • The Grid
    • Dispersed City
    • City as a Museum
    • Collage City
    • Polarized City
    • The City and Climate
    • CyberCities
    • Urbanscaping
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment


Level 3 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, eg for this subject the completion of BAS220 and BAS250. Ensure all Level 2 subjects have been completed.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone.

This subject is an examination of cities and townscapes in their chronological and historical contexts. It explores modernist, post-modernist and contemporary theories related to urbanism and the city through topical urban issues.

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  • Debate (30%)
  • Presentation (25%)
  • Essay (45%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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