Urban Design and Planning involves looking at how we build and live in cities. Strong emphasis is placed on sustainability and the importance of social, environmental and economic factors being considered in tandem.
The major borrows from architecture designs subjects (studios) and more sociology-based subjects. Compulsory subjects are listed in the handbook. As with all Environments majors, subject choice is quite prescriptive. Course costs are high, with costs upwards for hundreds of dollars for studies including materials, tools and printing. Additionally, Adobe Design Suite or CAD may be useful investments if you want to be able to do work at home for some subjects.
Gardening?! It is just a part of what most people think about doing landscape architecture. I am too still at the surface in understanding what I learn in terms of professional work in landscape architecture.
However, the reasons why I can recommend landscape architecture are the integration of almost everything, the dynamic and complex nature of science and arts/designs. While architecture in many respects only dealt with buildings, landscape architecture is gaining multiple knowledge of the terrain before they built something, building may be one of them. Many projects involved many basic nature and approaches to the landscape. Playing with small furniture, such the orientation and materials of benches, sculptures, trash bins in the park can even sometimes become significant to the site. For instance, if trash bins have to be put inside the national park, they will be considered save for the inhabitants if the trash bins have protective materials that prevent bad air to pollute the park. Durable material that blend
with the surrounding colour have to not disturb the eyes and lure the animals to play with or feed from the trash bin if it can be easily opened, etc.
Large scale also includes in landscape architecture services, such as the design of the national park itself.
Because many landscape architect learn and integrate many different things that occur in the landscape and conditions nowadays, esp. the rapid development of urban areas, for students later professionals can choose to learn more deeper knowledge that interest them by the presence of elective and breadth subjects under the University of Melbourne model.
The growing environmental problems have been a positive booster for students to study landscape architect as their understanding of many disciplines and the environments of a landscape can help to facilitate a project.
This major educates about contemporary Environmental issues. The major blends a variety of disciplines including physical geography, ‘green’ ethics and environmental psychology. There are a few field trips (usually) 2 per semester and about $20each). The core subjects are GEOG20001 Society and Environments, GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management and GEOG30019 Sustainable Development (capstone). The major is broad but enables flirting with both science and arts subjects; a luxury not afforded to students studying a Geography major in BArts or Environmental Science in BSci. This is a popular major in the Environments degree and perfectly encapsulates the (few) benefits of our Melbourne Model. The high degree of flexibility enables focussed students to hone in on one area of study, while also enabling other students to get a mix of many aspects of geography in the physical and social spheres. Also a great option if you’re less keen on spending hundreds on studios and weekends toiling over models in many of the other majors.
Architecture at Melbourne is one of the few opportunities to study architecture if you don’t have a pre-existing portfolio. Entrance relies solely on admittance to the Bachelor at large and successful completion of any prerequisite first year subjects. In the past, Melbourne University has created subjects for 3rd year and post-graduate students to collaborate and pitch ideas for new buildings, including the recently completed Melbourne School of Design. The major is quite rigid in the subjects to study as the semesters progress, but remains a very popular major. Expect to spend many hours and dollars on extra research and model making, as well as the occasional content heavy rote learning of architectural features.