Street Life Studies: Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Sydney, Australia

Course dates Sydney:

2 December 2019 – 10 December 2019

Course dates Phnom Penh:

4 January 2020 – 18 January 2020


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Expression of interest

Course contact:

Eva Lloyd -

Street Life Studies: Cambodia

Street Life Studies: Cambodia is an annual summer course that examines the diverse ways people use public street space in Sydney and Phnom Penh. The courses places interdisciplinary students, from UNSW and Cambodia, on the streets of each city, to engage with their people, systems and spaces.

Streets chosen in each location hold in common imminent change through ‘development’. Not without their challenges, many Phnom Penh streets are clear expressions of diverse urban dwellers playing out much of their lives in the public domain. In Sydney this kind of mixed informal activity is less apparent but existent. In both locations we see innovative ‘bottom-up’ solutions developed by street users.

Phase one of the course asks students to use hand-drawing and simple data collection to record and analyse these patterns of street life. In phase two students use this observational research to develop a project brief and a small, scalable urban proposition. The course aims to document street life in places of change and explore how direct observation of daily street life might provide clues as to how we might foster inclusive and people-centred public space.

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Key Information


Over Summer 2019/2020 ‘Street Life Studies Cambodia’ will be held in Lakemba, Sydney and Kahn Daun Penh, Phnom Penh. The course will run in collaboration with the Royal University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. Design tutorials, held on campus, will be intermixed with cultural site visits to key street environments and public spaces in each location, alongside guest talks from researchers and practitioners in the field.


This course open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The minimum requirement is the completion of second-year undergraduate studies.

A rudimentary understanding of hand drawing, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign is helpful but not essential (workshops will be provided). This is a design elective where image is the primary mode of communication.

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Enrolment via expression of interest.

Note: Expression of interest does not represent confirmation of enrolment. Do not book travel arrangements until your place in the course has been confirmed.