URBAN DESIGN RESEARCH METHODS. URBAN DESIGN RESEARCH METHODS. TOPICS (Choose One)
• City/Town Image (Application of Lynch’s ‘Image of the City’ theory)
• City/Town Townscape and Serial Vision (Application of Cullen’s ‘Townscape and Serial Vision’ Theory)
• City/Town Safety (Application of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles)
• City/ Town Perception (Application of the PhotoVoice method)
In each case the key aspects of the theory and method are to be explored through empirical (field work) study of the selected site and the theory is to be critically reflected upon.
URBAN CENTRES (Choose One)
• Fortitude Valley (Brisbane)
• Sunnybank (Brisbane)
• Burleigh Heads Town centre (Gold Coast)
• Southport business district (Gold Coast)
• One urban centre at your convenience, where you can conduct survey
In each case the student researcher, in the context of the theory that is being explored, must decide the exact boundary of study.
• Lynch, K. (1960) The Image of the City, The MIT Press, pp140-159.
• Banerjee, T. and Southworth, M. (1990) City Sense and City Design: Writings of Kevin Lynch, The MIT Press, pp247-256.
• Cullen, G. (1961) Townscape, Architectural Press, pp 9-19 PLUS Gosling, D. (1996) Gordon Cullen: Visions of Urban Design, Academy Editions, pp 217-226,.
• Queensland Government, (2007) Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: Guidelines for Queensland, State Library of Queensland.
FURTHER READINGS to assist this ASSIGNMENT (In addition to those mentioned above):
• Aitchison, M. (2010) Visual Planning and the Picturesque: Nicholas Pevsner, Getty Publications.
• Banai, R. (1999) A Methodology for The Image of the City in Environment and Planning B Planning and Design, Vol 26 pp 133-144: download athttp://www.environmentandplanning.com/epb/fulltext/b26/b260133.pdf
• Broadbent, G. (1990) Emerging Concepts in Urban Space Design, Van Nostrand Reinhold
• Cullen, G. (1971) The Concise Townscape, Architectural Press.
• Gosling, D. and Maitland, B. (1985) Concepts of Urban Design, Academy Editions.
• Loewen, L. et al (1993) Perceived Safety From Crime in the Urban Environment, in Journal of Environmental Psychology, 13, 323-331.(web PDF)
• Newman. O. (1972) Defensible Space: Crime Prevention through Urban Design, McMillan.
• Newman. O. (1996) Creating Defensible Space, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
in preparation and development of their assignment students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with colleagues and with the course convenor. The submission must directly address the questions being posed and should be of between 2000 and 2500 words, excluding illustrations, footnotes and appendices. Accompanying graphic material is expected.
Reference style is Chicago 16A with footnotes (no endnotes), inclusion of the sources used in your text (no general bibliography) and images/ figures to be referenced in the caption.
* Provide a concise introduction and conclusion each of approximately 250 words.’
* Arrange the substantive content logically under headings of: INTRODUCTION; THEORY & METHOD; EMPIRICAL STUDY; CRITICAL REFLECTION OF THEORY & METHOD; CONCLUSION.
* Write clearly and avoid long sentences and imprecise statements.
* Ensure that ideas/quotations that are derived from other sources are correctly referenced.
* Ensure illustrations are relevant and are located in ‘flow’ with the text. Title all illustrations
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