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URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


It is now commonly accepted that the way cities are planned, built and function can promote more efficient use of resources, including water, energy and land; minimise the production of waste and encourage more reuse and recycling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support biodiversity in and around urban areas through better management of open and green space. The role that urban planners and urban designers play in delivering sustainable land use plans and designs that guarantee such outcomes is critical. Urban and regional planners must have an understanding of the types of plans and designs that can deliver sustainable outcomes in the public interest.

Many professionals such as engineers, town planners and surveyors are engaged in the design and construction of residential developments. Therefore, they require a sound knowledge and understanding of the design principles and practices that are used to create sustainable residential areas, both large and small. This course gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the design principles currently used in Australia to develop sustainable residential neighbourhoods. This includes allotment and dwelling design, the design of streets and paths, and the location and design of urban services, open spaces and community facilities. A Performance Based Approach is used. Students will also gain an insight into the land development process. The three assessment items in this course enable students to develop, practice and demonstrate their knowledge of sustainable residential design principles, and their ability to apply those principles.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023