THEORY AND ELEMENTS OF URBAN DESIGN
2007/2008, Semester 1
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: --
Objective - This course introduces the different theoretical approaches to urban design and provides the philosophical underpinnings to the various bodies of theories. The application of these theories to the design of urban environments will be examined. With a greater understanding of the various theories, this course will serve as a base from which students can develop their own convictions and approaches to urban design. It also examines the fundamentals of urban design and the factors in the related fields of urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture that influence the creation of urban spaces. Ranging from the macro to the micro, the impact of these factors on the urban environment will be analysed individually as well as acting in conjunction. With particular emphasis on formal and perceptual analysis of urban spaces, examples will be used to highlight the importance of design elements on the integrity of urban spaces.