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SURV303 Urban Design 1

An introduction to the design of subdivisions and principles of urban design. The understanding required in the feasibility, design and planning of urban and suburban land development.

This paper provides an introduction to the theory of the design of neighbourhoods, spaces, places and streets within successful towns and cities through a combination of lectures, discussions and assignments. The theory component is complemented with applied knowledge related to development issues, including associated valuation issues and development feasibility. The skills and theory covered in this paper are intended to add to those introduced in Land Development Engineering 1 and 2 and provide students with an introduction to the tools, techniques, knowledge and understanding required in all aspects of land development.

Paper title Urban Design 1
Paper code SURV303
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1334
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,173.39
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(SURV 203 or SURV 213) and (SURV 204 or SURV 214)
SURV 315
Schedule C
This paper is suitable for students at the third-year undergraduate level and above who are interested in urban design and land development.

Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: James Berghan

Paper Structure
The paper covers the following themes:
  • Scope of urban design practice
  • History of urban design
  • Assessing the design and development potential of land
  • Relationships between community and the physical environment
  • Urban design and development processes
  • Visual communication
  • Low-impact urban design and development

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Recommended: Public places urban spaces: The dimensions of urban design by M. Carmona, S. Tiesdell, T. Heath, and T. Oc (2010)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about human environments across a variety of scales
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore, define and respond to complex problems and provide sound reasoning for your choices
  • Understand the multidisciplinary nature of urban design and development
  • Demonstrate understanding of the development process
  • Demonstrate improved written, visual and oral communication skills

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
A2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22