PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN

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Public Life, Public Space, and the Changing Art of City Design

In the recent past, there is a radical change in urbanism and approach to public life in public
spaces is also changing. Over the years, the approach to urban planning has remained statistic
with planners remaining loyal to tenets that were used to plan early cities. One of the observable
trends in public space is the declining attention to public life with every planner paying attention
to creation of well organised public space, but with little regard to the changing public life. The
modern life is however changing and people want to live in areas with active public life. People
are responding in their own way to create active public life in otherwise dormant public spheres
(Mehta & Bosson, 2010). For example, people may hold social events like football matches on
streets. While the foundation of urban design in education institutions emphasise aesthetics and
functionality, the changes in urban culture, technology, and city development patterns calls for a
new modernist approach to planning cities. This is critically discussed by Michael Southworth in
his review of the changing art of the city design in realm of public life and public spaces.

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Assessment
Assessment Details
Details of assessment submission and return are listed under each assessment task. Assessment tasks will be
returned to you within two to three weeks of submission.
If the Course Coordinator allows submissions in hard copy format, you will be required to attach an
Assignment Cover Sheet which is available on the learnonline student help (https://lo.unisa.edu.au/mod/book/
view.php?id=1843&chapterid=567) and in myUniSA.
Assessment Summary
# Form of assessment Length Duration Weighting Due date
(Adelaide
Time)
Submit via Objectives being
assessed
1 Critique 900 words N/A 20% 17 Aug
2018, 11:00
PM
learnonline CO1, CO4
2 Group project 1600 words
(or
equivalent)
N/A 35% 5 Oct 2018,
5:00 PM
learnonline CO1, CO2, CO3,
CO5
3 Essay 2000 words N/A 45% 9 Nov 2018,
11:00 PM
learnonline CO1, CO3, CO4
Feedback proformas
The feedback proforma is available on your learnonline course site. It can be accessed via the Feedback Form
link in the Course Essentials block.
Assessments
Critical review (individual) (Graded)
Assessment 1 – Individual exercise (critical review of reading)
You are required to prepare a critical review of ONE of the following readings :
1. Mehta, V. and J. K. Bosson (2009). “Third Places and the Social Life of Streets.” Environment and
Behavior 42(6): 779-805.
2. Southworth, M. (2014). “Public Life, Public Space, and the Changing Art of City Design.” Journal of
Urban Design 19(1): 37-40.
Your review should be 1500 words in length. To assist you with this task, there is an on-line tutorial at
http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/articlereview/ and some similar information at
http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/learningconnection/student/learningAdvisors/article.asp
Your review should provide the following:
1. A brief, succinct summary of the contents of the reading
2. A critical analysis of the contents. Your analysis should consider:
Does the coverage of the literature seem through? Are recent research and literature cited?
Does the reading rely on appropriate materials (e.g. mainly on books, journal articles, research reports, or use
primary sources such as a survey or interviews)?
Is the reading organised in such a way that the development of ideas is clear?
Does the reading appear unbiased? Does it consider different sides of the argument?
Does the reading use appropriately tentative language?
Does the author (s) overstate the significance of their findings?
Does the reading conclude (or at least include) with a synopsis of the main learning from the research.
Please note your article review will partly be assessed on structure and readability. Please avoid the use of dot
points. You may use headings but please offer a narrative to improve readability.
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Objectives of Assignment 1
The objective of assignment ¹ is to develop skills in the critical analysis of texts that are of interest to urban
designers. Development of your capacity to analyse texts will assist you to enhance your researching capacity.
Graduate Qualities
The Article Review is used to assess the following Graduate Qualities:
1. Body of knowledge
2. Communicate effectively
Marking criteria for Article Review
A clear, well- structured, innovative and coherent presentation – 15%
Sentence clarity/grammar/spelling -10%
Correct use of referencing/bibliography – 15%
How well your summary capture the main points of the reading – 25%
A critical analysis of the key issues, concepts and arguments raised article reading reviewed – 35%
Assignment 1 is due on 17 August
The feedback forms for this assessment are located at:
http://learn.unisa.edu.au/file.php?file=/fbf/010355/CIB_ARCH_5013_Feedback_form_1.docx
Group project (Graded)
Assessment #2 – Group Exercise (PPT)
For this exercise students will work in groups of 5-6 students. These groups will be formed at the start of the
course. The exercise is based primarily on principles of urban analysis and design contained in selected
readings from the Course Reader.
STEP 1
Make contact with the other members of your group. Meet in your group to discuss the readings and to decide
on the topic which you intend to tackle. (You need to choose ONE topic from the three listed below). You will
find some useful information on working in groups at http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/learningconnection/
student/studying/group.asp
STEP 2
Prepare a 20 minute power point presentation to illustrate the urban design principles set out in your selected
topic/reading(s). Normally in this exercise you would be expected to illustrate these principles with reference to
a small area or areas which you select from within the Adelaide Metropolitan area or the City of Adelaide.
However, you are free to use examples from elsewhere if you prefer.
STEP 3
Make your presentation to other members of the class. This will occur on 14 September and 5 October
STEP 4
Submit the materials which have formed the basis of your presentation NO LATER THAN 5 October by 11pm
You should choose ONE of the following three topics
ASSIGNMENT 2 – TOPIC 1: THE DEATH OF THE FINE-GRAIN CITY?
TOPIC 1: EXPLAIN THE ARGUMENTS FOR ‘FINE-GRAINED’ DEVELOPMENT, DRAWING ON WARD‘S
ARGUMENTS AND OTHER READINGS. ILLUSTRATE YOUR PRESENTATION BY REFERENCE TO
EXAMPLES OF ‘FINE-GRAINED’ AND ‘COARSE-GRAINED’ DEVELOPMENT DRAWN FROM ADELAIDE OR
FROM ANOTHER CITY OF YOUR CHOICE.
ASSIGNMENT 2 – TOPIC 2 : THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘THIRD PLACES’
TOPIC 2: EXPLAIN THE ELEMENTS OF A ‘THIRD PLACE’ AND DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘THIRD
PLACES’TO URBAN LIFE. ILLUSTRATE YOUR PRESENTATION BY REFERENCE TO EXAMPLES OF
‘THIRD PLACES’ IMPORTANT TO MEMBERS OF YOUR GROUP OR WHICH YOU CAN IDENTIFY WITHIN
ADELAIDE.
ASSIGNMENT 2 – TOPIC 3 : WINNING BACK PUBLIC SPACE
TOPIC 3: EXPLAIN HOW PUBLIC SPACE “CAN ONCE AGAIN PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN URBAN LIFE”
(MADANIPOUR). DISCUSS THE QUALITIES OF PUBLIC SPACE AND SHOW HOW THESE HAVE BEEN
THREATENED IN RECENT TIMES. ILLUSTRATE YOUR PRESENTATION BY REFERENCE TO A NUMBER
OF PUBLIC SPACES IN ADELAIDE OR ANOTHER TOWN OR CITY WITH WHICH YOU ARE FAMILIAR.
Objectives of Assignment 2
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The overall objectives of this assignment are to demonstrate:
a) Critical understanding of the issues/concepts discussed in the literature relevant to the understanding of the
urban design issues and integration of case studies
b) Critically evaluate a range of current urban design and urban development projects and develop your
presentation, graphic quality and communication skills
c) Develop a long NBE strategic framework for urban sustainability on which to base immediate action
d) Identify relationships between dynamic ecological processes and urban living and show how these
relationships can be expressed and enhanced by the design and management of the urban environment.
Graduate Qualities
The Article Review is used to assess the following Graduate Qualities:
1. Body of knowledge
2. Effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems
3. Work autonomously and collaboratively as a professional
4. Communicate effectively
Marking Criteria
1. Structure: clear purpose, organisation of ideas, introduction and conclusion – 10%
2. Contents: clear Statement of context and explanation – 15%
3. Literature: use of relevant literature, grasp of literature and integration of literature materials – 30%
4. Examples: integration of case studies – 20%
5. Delivery: natural, good voice and eye contact, appropriate gestures, timing & pacing, effective handing of
questions – 10%
6. Graphic quality of the presentation: Clear slide, no too much text, very legible graphic/layout, professionally
presented – 15%
Presentation: 14 September and 5th October
The feedback forms for this assessment are located at:
http://learn.unisa.edu.au/file.php?file=/fbf/010355/CIB_ARCH_5013_Feedback_form_2.docx
Essay (Graded)
Assessment #3 – Individual Essay (2,000-2,500 words)
You are required to write essay on ONE topic selected from the following list:
1. What is new urbanism and principles of new urbanism? The best prospects for making Australian urban
settlements more sustainable lie in the principles of ‘New Urbanism’. Critically discuss this proposition.
2. What is sustainable city and in what ways does the Brazilian city of Curitiba provide a model of a sustainable
settlement which could be applied elsewhere? Discuss with reference to Adelaide or city of your choice?
Objectives of Assignment 3
The objective of assignment 3 is to demonstrate:
a) Develop a critical understanding of the field of urban design
b) Develop a long NBE strategic framework for urban sustainability on which to base immediate action
c) Identify relationships between dynamic ecological processes and urban living and show how these
relationships can be expressed and enhanced by the design and management of the urban environment
d) Critically evaluate a range of current urban design and urban development theory and projects
Graduate Qualities
The Article Review is used to assess the following Graduate Qualities:
1. Body of knowledge
2. Lifelong learning
3. Communicate effectively PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN.
4. International perspective
Marking criteria for Essay
1.Essay addresses the key parameters of the question clearly and concisely using correct spelling and
grammatical arrangements – 10%
2. Demonstrates critical understanding of key aspects – 25%
3. Logic of argument is justified with evidence, including examples from the text, practice in Australia and
elsewhere – 35%
4. A clear, well-structured, innovative and coherent presentation – 20%
5. Evidence of research, via quotations/citations & correct use of referencing (Harvard style) – 10%
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Essays should be submitted on 9 November
Exam Arrangements
This course does not have an exam. PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN
Variations to exam arrangements
Variation to exam arrangements does not apply to this course.
Supplementary Assessment
Supplementary assessment or examination offers students an opportunity to gain a supplementary pass (SP)
and is available to all students under the following conditions unless supplementary assessment or examination
has not been approved for the course:
1. if the student has achieved a final grade between 45-49 per cent (F1) in a course
2. if a student who has successfully completed all of the courses within their program, with the
exception of two courses in their final study period, a supplementary assessment or examination
may be granted where the final grade in either or both of these courses, is less than 45 percent
(F1 or F2) and all assessments in the courses were attempted by the student. PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN
More information about supplementary assessment is available in section 7.5 of the Assessment Policy and
Procedures Manual.
http://i.unisa.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/codes/assessment-policies/
Important information about all assessment
All students must adhere to the University of South Australia’s policies about assessment:
http://i.unisa.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/codes/assessment-policies/.
Students with disabilities or medical conditions
Student with disabilities or medical conditions or students who are carers may be entitled to a variation or
modification to standard assessment arrangements. See Section 7 of the Assessment Policy and Procedures
Manual (APPM) at: http://i.unisa.edu.au/policies-and-procedures/codes/assessment-policies/
Students can register for an Access Plan with UniSA Access & Inclusion Service. It is important to make contact
early to ensure that appropriate support can be implemented or arranged in a timely manner. See the Disability
Hub for more information: http://www.unisa.edu.au/Disability/Current-students PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN.
Students are advised there is a deadline to finalise Access Plan arrangements for examinations. Further
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Public Life, Public Space, and the Changing Art of City Design

In the recent past, there is a radical change in urbanism and approach to public life in public
spaces is also changing. PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN. Over the years, the approach to urban planning has remained statistic
with planners remaining loyal to tenets that were used to plan early cities. One of the observable
trends in public space is the declining attention to public life with every planner paying attention
to creation of well organised public space, but with little regard to the changing public life. The
modern life is however changing and people want to live in areas with active public life. People
are responding in their own way to create active public life in otherwise dormant public spheres
(Mehta & Bosson, 2010). PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN. For example, people may hold social events like football matches on
streets. While the foundation of urban design in education institutions emphasise aesthetics and
functionality, the changes in urban culture, technology, and city development patterns calls for a
new modernist approach to planning cities. PUBLIC LIFE, PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE CHANGING ART OF CITY DESIGN. This is critically discussed by Michael Southworth in
his review of the changing art of the city design in realm of public life and public spaces………..

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