Re-Enchanting the City: Designing the Human Habitat

Re-Enchanting the City: Designing the Human Habitat



UNSW Built Environment is pleased to announce the second iteration of its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Re-Enchanting the City: Designing the Human Habitat, via FutureLearn. It's a free six week course and enrolments are open from 13th June 2016. Online classes commence on 5th September 2016 and It's open to high school students, current students, alumni, people wanting a career change or people who want to experience what it would be like to study at UNSW Built Environment. 

You'll be taught by the same leading academics and research staff who teach our full-time students and you'll all have a front row seat to interviews with:

  • Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of City of Sydney Council
  • Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes, Dean of UNSW Built Environment (2008-2016), Director of Tzannes, who has worked on many iconic commercial, residential and public buildings and spaces
  • Dr Stanley Quek, Chairman of Frasers Property Australia (2007-2015)
  • Patrick Blanc, French Botanist
  • Ross Palmer, Partner, Foster + Partners

About the Course

The city is humanity's most complex and extraordinary artefact. As the world population grows and becomes ever more urban, the making of future cities is no longer just about aesthetics or convenience. Questions of sustainability and culture are more and more crucial. Increasingly, the future of the city is the future of the species.

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. The focus is on a cutting-edge, high-density urban infill project, Central Park, in contemporary Sydney. We use this project to explore the interdependencies of the professions at play; urban design, architecture, city planning, construction management, sustainable development, landscape architecture, interior architecture and industrial design.

We investigate the entire development process from the earliest planning and site purchases through to completion and from the broad contextual scale through to the design intricacies. In so doing, we examine design innovations in green technologies, structure, construction, environmental and building service, framing this within the wider context of infrastructure, governance and the political economy.

As a course participant, you will engage in critical discussion from different perspectives; design and sustainability. You will also analyse the cultural, environmental and political conversations that drive the development, gain an understanding of how key players interact in city making and see how different built environment disciplines relate in this process.

Drawing on designers, thinkers and developers at the forefront of their professions, this course will investigate a key question facing global cities today: how do we engage local democracy to make urban density both sustainable and poetic?

Course dates and topics

Tuesday 13th June 2016 – Course open on FutureLearn for enrolments.
  • Week 1 commences on 5th Sept 2016 - What is the Built Environment?
  • Week 2 commences on 12th Sept 2016 - Fight for the Site
  • Week 3 commences on 19th Sept 2016 - Architecture in the City
  • Week 4 commences on 26rd Sept 2016- Being Green
  • Week 5 commences on 3rd Oct 2016 - Technopolis
  • Week 6 commences on 10th Oct 2016  - Inside Out

Academic Leads

  • Associate Professor Oya Demirbilek, Associate Dean (Education), UNSW Built Environment
  • Associate Professor (Practice) Elizabeth Farrelly, UNSW Built Environment
  • Professor Susan Thompson, Director of City Wellbeing, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Built Environment
  • Dr Paola Favaro, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment
  • Associate Professor Linda Corkery, UNSW Built Environment
  • Dr Miles Park, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment
  • Bruce Watson, Discipline Director of Interior Architecture, UNSW Built Environment

Academic and Interview Subjects

  • Patrick Blanc, French Botanist
  • Jeanette Brokman, Co-convenor, Chippendale Residents Interest Group
  • Brendan Crotty, Managing Director, Australand (1990–2007)
  • Matt Dobbs, Director, PTW Architects
  • Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) 
  • Jock Gammon, Founder and Managing Director, Junglefy
  • Chris Johnson, NSW Government Architect (1995-2005), Executive Director, NSW Department of Planning (2005-2009)
  • Dr Peter Kohane, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment
  • Chantelle Kramer, Interior Architect, Smart Design Studio (2014-2015)
  • Michael Mobbs, Sustainability Consultant
  • Clover Moore, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney Council
  • Ross Palmer, Partner, Foster + Partners
  • Tim Phillips, Owner and Director, Kennovations 
  • Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar, Discipline Director of City Planning, UNSW Built Environment
  • Scientia Professor Deo Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living
  • Dr Paul Osmond, Discipline Director of Sustainable Development, UNSW Built Environment 
  • Dr Stanley Quek, Chairman, Frasers Property Australia (2007–2015)
  • Dr Riza Yosia Sunindijo, Program Coordinator, Construction Management and Property, UNSW Built Environment 
  • Professor Xing Ruan, Associate Dean (International), Discipline Director of Architecture, UNSW Built Environment
  • Koichi Takada, Owner and Director, Koichi Takada Architects 
  • Jennifer Turpin, Public Artist, Turpin + Crawford Studio
  • Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes, Dean of UNSW Built Environment (2008-2016), Director of Tzannes Associates
  • William Smart, Creative Director, Smart Design Studio 
  • Professor James Weirick, Discipline Director of Urban Development and Design, UNSW Built Environment

Along with all of our degrees, this six week course is designed to deliver outcomes to support the design and building of sustainable, livable 21st century cities.

Now, for the first time, the global thought leaders of UNSW Built Environment from areas such as architecture, city planning, industrial design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, sustainable development, and urban development and design are accessible to anyone who is interested in how we live, work and play within both the built and natural environments.



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