The course seeks to develop fundamental public realm urban design skills of observation, analysis, documentation, idea generation, design development, and effective graphic presentation techniques. Public space and places, especially street space, are essential elements of the city, town, and village public realm and the most valued from a neighbourhood perspective. The design of places – urban, suburban, and rural for meaningful public use and enjoyment is the main purpose of this course. The course will be highly interactive, mixing presentations with discussions and exercises, so that participants can develop effective ways to approach the design or redesign of a public places. At the same time, this high paced and interactive course will help improve individual analytical, design and graphic presentation skills.
Drawing and visual communication skills are essential in urban design. Participants examine graphics for different audiences in the urban design process; learn the basics of line and form drawing, colour and perspective techniques; and gain hands-on practice using graphic tools that efficiently increase communication skills.
This introductory course provides a context and framework for the Certificate Program. Students will also gain grounding in the environmental, economic, social and historical developments and concepts that inform current urban design practice.