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SURV553 Advanced Urban Design

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 Advanced Urban Design
Paper code SURV553
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.1482
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,303.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SURV 425 and SURV 453
This paper is targeted to students who have completed SURV 303 (Urban Design 1) and are pursuing an honours degree, but may also be suitable for postgraduate students 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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Not offered in 2023, expected to be offered in 2024

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system