2018 Student Briefing

The Collaborative Urban Teaching Platform (CUTP) is a multi-university, cross-disciplinary urban teaching partnership involving several Sydney-based universities and Landcom. It is administered through the Communities of Practice partnership.

The CUTP provides an institutional infrastructure or platform that is flexible enough to allow university partners to plug in an existing urban unit of study into the CUTP with minimal disruption to their teaching programme. The CUTP has three key aims:

ENGAGEMENT – Get students out of the classroom and into the field to work on live urban projects with government and possibly industry partners.

NETWORKING – Get students and staff from different Sydney-based universities working together on common urban problems from different disciplinary perspectives.

OUTCOMES – Get the students (and staff) to productively contribute the development of Sydney, with the aim of building a better city.


CUTP is collaboratively managed by representatives from Landcom and each university partner. The table below lists the 2018 CUTP partners.

2018 Student Briefing


Universities and governments (and industry) are increasingly encouraged to work collaboratively on large-scale urban development projects. CUTP provides one way for universities and government to work on cross-disciplinary urban projects while retaining the independence of each actor in the network. CUTP operates according to three key principles:

INDEPENDENCE – Each partner retains control of their teaching programmes or urban projects. This allows each university partner to apply their own disciplinary perspective to the Landcom case study.

FLEXIBILITY – Different teaching programmes or urban projects can be plugged into or unplugged from the CUTP each year.

SIMPLICITY – Minimal effort is required to get involved, leave and return to the CUTP in any given year.


Landcom staff, university teaching staff and students are involved in the CUTP in different ways.

LANDCOM – Landcom staff work with the university members to identify possible case study sites, secure access to these sites for students, and arrange briefing session(s) for students. At the end of the semester, the top 1-3 student projects from each university present their projects to Landcom. All the students and staff involved in CUTP attend the best student presentations at the end of the semester.

UNIVERSITIES – University teaching staff integrate the Landcom case study site into one of their teaching programmes and organise for students to attend the Landcom briefing sessions and/or site visits.

This will usually involve the university teaching staff taking an existing unit of study at their university (such as, urban planning, urban governance, or an introduction to cities unit) and then setting the Landcom case study as a major individual or group work assessment.

The university staff teach their unit of study as per their normal teaching content and schedule, but they get their students to address an urban issue that has been identified by Landcom. Students assess the Landcom site from the disciplinary perspective of their unit (this could range from urban planning, urban design, geography, sociology, business, etc.)

STUDENTS – Students work on a Landcom case study site in their unit of study and attend the Landcom briefing sessions, student presentations and/or site visits (see above).

2018 Student Briefing


Great, we’re keen to build the network!

Key Information

We have designed the CUTP so that it can be integrated into existing under graduate or masters teaching units without requiring too many unit or teaching changes. But two changes may be necessary:

1. Changing one assessment item in the unit to be the Landcom case study site (individual or group work assessment);

2. Include two field-trips for students for:

(a) The Landcom case study briefing in Week 2; and

(b) The Best Student Presentations in Week 11 or 12.

CUTP 2018

The table below lists the 2018 CUTP project partners.

Resources 2018

Information Sheet: Collaborative Urban Teaching Platform

Briefing Student Maps: CUTP Student Maps

Student Question Cards: CUTP Question Card

Briefing Audio

Briefing Video

Briefing PowerPoints

Introduction – CUTP: PowerPoint

Sydney Metro – Peter Bourke: PowerPoint

Landcom – David Schofield and Lisa Danker: PowerPoint