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Urban design

About urban design

Urban design at the University of Melbourne teaches the cross-disciplinary knowledge – including design, planning, and social theory – required for a creative and socially-conscious approach to the design of urban public spaces.

The urban design program at the University of Melbourne is taught alongside other masters programs in related disciplines (architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture), enriching and broadening our students’ knowledge and skills. Our research strengths in sustainability, the dynamics of street life, density, walkability, transport and urban informality maintain our curriculum at the forefront of urban knowledge.

Urban design is about imagining possible futures. The work of urban design is a collaborative process which shapes the physical setting for everyday life. Our curriculum develops professionals who can understand the design of cities and can address complex social challenges.

Our urban design researchers, teaching staff and students are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including dealing with the impacts of climate change, sustainable resourcing challenges, and the pressures of increased urbanisation. We collaborate with local and state governments, and other organisations, who work with our students on studies of publics spaces, neighborhoods and metropolitan transport. Such collaborative teaching approach centers around a studios culture which offers a forum for students to engage in current public debate.

The Master of Urban Design is a good choice for students who are creative and want to engage with the big urban challenges of our times. Our students are taught how to be highly innovative professionals through working in interdisciplinary teams, encouraging interaction and appreciation of multiple viewpoints and collegiate working environments.