Contemporary theories of urban design. Urban environments: Keywords and definitions. Modes of critique related to the design of urban public realm. Urban environments: Scope, complexities, and responses to economic, cultural, political, social, aesthetic and natural forces. Urban design issues, methodologies and current practices. Analytical and design skills. Generating and testing alternative approaches of urban design, development of specific sites and role of urban design within particular spatial, social, economic and political contexts. Case studies and assignments in urban design methodologies, synthesis of theoretical knowledge, and communication of urban design ideas.