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15146 - Sustainable Urban Development

This guide is intended to help students of Sustainable Urban Development find information to for their assignments more easily and efficiently. If you would like any amendments or additions to this guide, or just have any questions generally do contact me - david.litting@uts.edu.au / 95143390


After consulting your readings for 15146 (which are on UTS Online) you'll be given your assignments, and offered the freedom to search for your own information. The library offers some very useful information for this subject, which can be divided into the categories of books, academic journal articles, and specialist resources.

Books –

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





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

You can also find some good results by playing around with terms that focus on a slightly more specific aspect of the topic, for example water sensitive urban design or evaluating sustainable development

You can find more books in Proquest Ebooks – and you also have access to InterLibrary Loans to source books – though as block students you will have to time your request if you wouldn’t normally be around the campus.

You might not get information in book form that apply these ideas to Australia, or especially Sydney. So for more specific and applied examples you can use journal articles:

Articles –

Articles are good resources for case studies, and locating applied examples of theories in practice. The scope of articles tends to be small and localised, ie: testing the effectiveness of green building strategies, not everywhere across history - but in one particular place at one particular time.

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.

Google Scholar and other databases like Sage, Taylor and Francis, Proquest and Informit Complete will be useful for both assignments. Proquest offers unique features useful to the block student such as ebooks. It also offers PHD theses. 

You can also use InterLibrary Loans if we don't have the full text of something you find searching these databases..  

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

RP Data contains Property sales and ownership information for the New South Wales region. You can find lot numbers here, as well as zoning information, the area and dimensions of a land parcel, and aerial photographs.

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 Nabers Rating Register or Green Star Rating Directory to find out how the building on site is ranked, if applicable.

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



Harvard UTS 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.

We also offer free referencing software, including EndNote