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SURV453 Urban Design 2

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Advanced urban design and land development planning: sustainability in urban design, urban design theory, place making and the built environment.

Building upon the introductory paper on urban design (SURV 303), this paper explores a variety of design methods, case studies and approaches to undertaking urban development. Through lectures, readings and class discussions, students will gain a greater understanding of how development professionals can contribute to socially, environmentally and economically successful development projects.

Paper title Urban Design 2
Paper code SURV453
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1334
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.04
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SURV 303 or SURV 315
Pre or Corequisite
PMAN 401
SURV 425, SURV 553
Schedule C
Non-Surveying students must seek approval from the Dean of the School of Surveying before enrolling in this paper.
This paper is targeted to students who have completed SURV 303 (Urban Design 1), but may also be suitable for students at the third-year undergraduate level and above who have taken previous papers in design, social geography or urban studies.

Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: James Berghan

Paper Structure
The paper covers the following themes:
  • Design methods
  • Urban design precedent studies
  • Place theory
  • Digital modelling and graphic design
  • Governance and the development process
  • Market and design research
Textbooks are not required for this paper.

  • Public places urban spaces: The dimensions of urban design by M. Carmona, S. Tiesdell, T. Heath, and T. Oc (2010)
  • Urban design: A typology of procedures and products by J. Lang (2008)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between community and the physical environment
  • Demonstrate improved written, visual and oral communication skills

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41