Street Life Studies is an annual workshop that examines and documents the use of public street spaces in cities around the world. Students observe place; as people, behaviours, systems, and spaces in both their formal and informal expressions. The workshop is an elective course run through Built Environment, University of New South Wales Sydney in partnership with Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh. From 2015-2019 the course has examined street spaces in Sydney, Australia and compared these to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2017, the course ran consecutively in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the top menu you will find documentation related to previous editions.

From March 21-28, 2019 Street Life Studies was invited to exhibit as part of ‘Currents: Art and Urbanism Festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

To apply, please see application page

This topic and the course itself can be followed at:




Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Phnom Penh
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Sa Sa Art Projects
The Vann Molyvann Project
Khmer Architecture Tours / Space for Architecture


The 2018 course outline guides students through the learning outcomes, themes and activities of the course.

On-field observation of streets is supported by a series of resources including the following: 

Miao, Pu. Asia Public Places
Gehl, Jan. Close Encounters with Buildings
Archinect in Conversation with Denise Scott Brown
Fujimori, Terunobu. Under the banner of Street Observation
Till, Architecture_and Contingency
Whyte, William. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces





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