UTS Library

15146 - Sustainable Urban Development

This guide is intended to help students of Sustainable Urban Development find information for their assessments. If you would like any amendments made to this guide, or have any questions generally please contact me - david.litting@uts.edu.au / 95143390


After you've consulted Canvas for your required textbooks and readings, you'll find that the library offers some very useful online information to assist you with assignments 1 and 2. I've divided these resources into the categories of books, academic journal articles, and specialist resources.


There is a lot of really useful information for this subject in book form. Books tend to be general in focus, and are especially good for building up knowledge on a subject.

Books are found using the Library Catalogue. For best results, after searching, use the drop down that says everything and choose instead library catalogue. 


Because of your block mode status, it's also wise to hit the online refinement option on the left of screen after searching:





Sustainable urban development is actually a very commonly used phrase in book titles so you’ll find rich resources here to give you a solid information base to work with during the course.

You can also find good results with terms that reflect the 35 Resilient Sydney actions described in Assessment 1, for example urban resilience or urban social cohesion

You can also use the ebook only book platform found in Proquest.

You might not get information in book form that applies these ideas to Australia or Sydney though. For more specific and applied examples try using journal articles:


Articles are good resources for applying the general concepts discussed in books to specific time periods and locations, for example, right now in Sydney. This is particularly useful for Assessment 1.

Google Scholar is a good place to look for articles on this topic, for a few reasons:

  • It catches material from many UTS subscription databases – legal, technical, humanities based – all in the one search.
  • It’s good for Australian content.
  • It contains material published in house by unis and institutional bodies that might not be available in a database, or hidden amongst the clutter of Google web.
For best results when searching from home, you need to set up Google Scholar to connect to articles found via UTS library subscriptions. This means you don't have to pay money for the majority of things you find in Google Scholar. 
To connect Google Scholar to UTS go to the settings area of Google Scholar and select Library Links - then write University of Technology Sydney into the search box and tick the check box seen below:
Library links




Now, when you conduct a search you'll see Full Text @ UTS Library links next to articles the library has as part of its subscriptions





Google Scholar and other databases like Sage, Taylor and Francis, Proquest and Informit Complete will be useful for both assignments. 

IF you find an article you can't read in full, use this InterLibrary Loans request form and we'll email you the pdf.

Government sources –

If you need to you can also search google for documents found in council websites by doing a google search with this suffix


Specialist Resources

The resources found here are most suitable for Assignment 2, where you will be invited to propose sustainability focused retrofit options for a client, based on one of UTS's buildings.

Nabers Ratings are an environmental ratings tool that provide a score for a building based on metrics like water waste, energy and the indoor environmnent. You can use this  Green Star Rating Directory or the Nabers Rating Register to find out how the building on site is ranked, if applicable. You should be able to find at least some UTS buildings using these searches. 

Greenbook is a calculator that will give you lifecycle carbon footprints for building materials you might be considering using for your building retrofit.

RP Data contains Property sales and ownership information for the New South Wales region. You can find lot numbers of buildings you might be considering using as your case study here, as well as zoning information, the area and dimensions of a land parcel, and aerial photographs.

CityScope - CityScope will give you leasehold information about city office buildings and also provide you with a description of their features, including Nabers ratings.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 page


See the Library's APA 7th Referencing Guide for information on how to reference all the materials you may find and use during this course, according to the Harvard UTS style.

There's a faculty specific guide and quiz on referencing and avoiding plagiarism from HELPS that you can look at too.

We also offer free referencing software, including RefWorks and EndNote