Week 5 – The Design of the City

Design of Surbia

Design the View

Design the Grid





Week 4 The Element of The City


Today my group presented a Historial Time Line of Port Said



  • Figure out some research questions
  • Mobility map – layers and how they connect can form where the CITY CENTRE is, people intraction
  • Monument helps find where you are
  • Scale model – can have some height and maybe one connecting element

Week 3 Module – Analyse the City

Exercise 1 Historical Time Line

Shows the changes made to urban form over time.

Exercise 2 Mobility Analysis 

EX 2 mobility

Thi map is used to show the forms of transport as well as travelling paths. This figure outlines the way the general public move throughtout this general area. The bold orange lines indicate the major roads, the thinner orange lines outline the minor roads in the area. The white lines indicate the residential roads and paths. The ferry path is outlined in blue.

Exercise 3 Functional Anaylsis


The functional analysis map outlines the building functions and how certain blocks are situated. This map helps to understand how people use the urban space. The structure of the functions map above is in an orderly fashion with no surprise outcomes.

The dark blue is major commercial blocks

The light blue is minor commerical blocks a well as industrial blocks

The dark red is highrise apartments blocks

The light red being residential blocks

The green being park areas

The purple indicates schools

Exercise 4 Morpho-Typological Analysis


This morpho-typological anaylsis map outlines the functions of buildings in certain areas. The outlined form is goverened by the relationship between the built environment and open spaces. As can be seen in this map

Blue: Commercial

Red: Light industrial

Green: Low density residential

Purple: High density residential

For Next Week:

  • Preliminary Research of Chosen City – Chosen City being Port Said
  • Preliminary Maps
  • Gather Data
  • Structure Report
  • Historical Anaylsis

Week 2 Module – Read the City






KEY: Blue- Boundaries

Yellow- Paths

Node- Orange

Landmarks- Coral

Nothing particularity surprised me during the walk, as I have lived in Brisbane for sometime now. What I noticed during my walk was that the further I walked from the main hub of the city (Queen Street etc.) towards the Story Bridge, the sidewalks increased in size, there was more trees, and the roads were wider. I only came across one node, this may be a result of the location I was in, the location being more business buildings and not shopping areas etc.


Week 1 Module – Describe the City

Exercise 1        Forma Urbis

image one

A forma urbis is the general outline of a city which is established by the urban density of that particular city. Dense urban areas usually fade out into less dense, or populated, land areas such as countrysides or rural towns. The above image depicts the forma urbis of Toowoomba, Queensland. As can be seen, the town’s main roads in which to access Toowoomba are highlighted in yellow.

Exercise 2     Conceptual Representation


A conceptual representation image illustrates the main features of a city such as the structure of the urban environment, networking as well as highlighting the relationship between main elements. The above image is a conceptual representation of the city of Brisbane, in particular the suburb of Fortitude Valley and Brisbane city itself. The yellow lines indicate the major roads in this area, which utilities the river, which is highlighted in blue. The black lines represents the surbuan streets which are in a grid form around the river. The green sections in the images represent parks and natural environments in this area. The grey shading indicates the business precinct of Brisbane City. This image, or map, distinguishes a visual relationship between certain elements and their given role in creating Brisbane City.

Exercise 3     City Pattern

black and white

A city pattern map is a black and white representation of a urban structure. It shows the pattern and layout of urban spaces, and shapes of its blocks. The image above shows the details of the urban structure of the Story Bridge end of Brisbane city. The solid black shapes indicate the suburban city blocks while the white lines indicate the major and minor roads in this area. This figure is a visual representation of the relationship between the structure of the blocks, and the grid of the roads.

Exercise 4     Figureground Map


A figureground map is a detailed representation of the built form of an area’s buildings and which clearly identifies open spaces and the functionality of urban spaces. Although roads are detailed in this type of map, they are not the main focus. By completing the map in two solid colours, it distinguishes the desnse and not so desnse urban areas as well as the open spaces. In the above image, the open spaces are indicated in white while the building structures are indicate in black. In the image above, the more dense urban areas are on the right side, this indicates that this area is residential and more built up closer together. The left side of the image shows that the structures, or buildings, are more spaced apart and larger, indicating that this area would be more used for industrial or commercial.

Exercise 5     Nolli Map


A nolli provides information of the built form as well as the footprint and internal layout of buildings. It utilities information gathered from a figure ground map, but focuses on the layout and structure of the open spaces and the presiding buildings. The nolli map is also useful to determine certain zoning types within the city, for example public, semi-public or private. The nolli map above shows the open plan layout of All Hallows School in Brisbane’s city. With this image, you can clearly see the buildings footprints and their internal layout. Along with this, on can identify the relationship the buildings have with the open spaces around them and how they have utilisied the land.

Exercise 6    Urban Section


An urban section is another way of representing the relationship between the scale of an area and its surroundings, the type of structures that reside in that area and as well as the physical and environmental features within this area. Including an urban section in a discussion or within research, can give an understanding of the topography of a certain section of area, which can help in the understand of the lands form and terrain. The image above is an urban section of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane by the river. One can see the relationship the land and built environment have on one another and how structures have been built to deal with this relationship.

Exercise 7     Street Section


A street section is a useful tool to explore the typology of open spaces as well as the quality of the urban environment. It shows the different levels in a certain street. An example of different levels would be road levels, footpath levels and building levels. By exploring the buildings internal view, it defines the buildings internal layout, the form and function of the building. This building can then be compared to another building across the street, and identify the similarities and differences. The above street section is a section through Ivory Street, Foritude Valley. One one side of the street you have All Hallows School, while on the other side you have a 9 story apartment block. Between these two buildings you have the street level. Here you can see that the road does not only travel on the building and footpath level, but also under these levels. This type of section shows the relationship that street spaces and levels have on each other, and the utilisation and interactions by humans within these levels.


Utilising these above techniques can create a more in depth understanding of a certain city.  By using these tools, you can quickly and clearly understand a certain section of a city, street of a city or the urban relationships within the city.

Week 1

1st Entry 002 image two OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First Journal Entry – 3 Comments on above images

The first reflective task in dab525 was to comment on these three pictures. With this being the first reflective task on a city, as well as being the first reflective task in the first class of the year, I tried to point out certain aspects as well as I could. At the end of dab525, I shall revisit these images and comment on them with a greater sense of knowledge developed from Architecture and the City.

  • My first comment is about how disconnected the city seems to be from the natural environment. You could say that the city likes its neighbours, loves itself even more. You can also say that not just the city itself, but most buildings within the city seem to love its neighbours except the one obvious building that loves itself.
  • My second comment refers to the very concentrated urban areas vs. the natural areas. There seems to be a high concentrated areas where all buildings are located, and are not spaced out.
  • My third comment refers to the city layout and roads. From what is shown in the second picture, the streets do not seem to be in a grid layout plan, making the areas and streets look somewhat disorientating.