Studio II: Synthesis of Urban Form

Many urban design plans focus on the physical development of a site; we don’t often consider the surrounding uses. This approach designs in a vacuum rather than building on the character and needs of the surrounding community, and the economic and social consequences can be disastrous.

The other dimension that designers largely ignore is the implementation phase of the project—how the project will be built and managed over time.

The second studio in the Urban Design Certificate provides you with an opportunity to take risks, experiment, and apply your urban design skills and knowledge. It builds on the first studio course, taking the process one step further to design and implementation.

This synthesis phase develops urban design in a comprehensive physical form that includes all the elements of urban design, set sensitively in the urban context. You’ll learn to balance the physical considerations of place making with the social and economic forces that also shape our future.

Burnaby’s UniverCity will be the case study.


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What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Apply what you’ve learned in the Urban Design Certificate and complete an urban design plan that reflects an understanding of place
  • Learn to build an urban design team and translate urban design analysis into preliminary concepts and choices for urban form
  • Develop your ability to refine your analysis and concepts into urban design alternatives that clearly address the elements of urban design

How will I learn?

  • Lectures        
  • Field trips
  • Team projects
  • Small group discussions and exercises
  • Group presentations

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers, and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers, and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your final grade will be based on an in-class team presentation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members, and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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