Subject details

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

  1. research, analyse and compare data related to urban contexts and projects from local and international sources in order to create speculative urban propositions
  2. synthesise information using the process of design as a research tool to develop an urban design project to professional and international standards.
    • City of Experience
    • The Urban Text
    • Communication
    • Research in Practice
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-MAA403

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

CUR-MAA408-Urban Design Research Methods


Students who have completed MAA407(previously MAA403) PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite MAA408 as it was previously counted as double subject.

Special requirements

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    Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

This subject was previously known as MAA403 Urban Design Research Studio.

Students will engage with research to understand theories of urbanism and to stimulate thinking about urban possibilities. They will also be involved in the exploration, development and demonstration of design skills for urban projects, incorporating: the analysis of urban contexts, understanding the role that urban projects play in shaping the public domain and the practice of making speculative urban propositions.

Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the subject by using a mode of teaching where design activity will take place in workshop situations/ on sites/ simulation of the real world project/ interaction with community and industry etc.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Conceptual Urban Design Presentation (50%)
  • Urban and Architectural Design Presentation (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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