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ARCH13-128: Design Futures Studio: Australasian Cities


Concentrating upon the socio-cultural and bio-climatic context of the urban regions of the Australasian and Oceanic context as a testing ground, this subject will engage a project of intermediate complexity utilising creative and speculative design solutions to confront issues of regional and global concern – the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students will engage in an inclusive studio environment to develop solutions to sustainable and resilient community dwellings. Sustainable design education methods accompany the students to find adequate design concepts and spatial propositions for the contemporary inhabitation of denser urban environments and their morphological pre-context (such as built-up space, transport, open space, green space, public-private, infrastructure). This subject engages students to develop contextual relationships of building forms, program, space as solutions, adapted to local climate, culture and challenges.

Design proposals are expected to critically engage with a contemporary urban and architectural discourse within a specific region and to produce a project that exhibits detailed integration of design process work and conceptual endeavour. Projects will be explored through both manual and digital techniques, both collectively and on an individual basis.

This studio is supported by seminars on climate design and responsive architectural and urban design strategies. Output is focused on collaborative methods of craftsmanship in both 2D and 3D outcomes including the physical construction of models utilising the Architecture Fabrication and Research Workshop.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,925
  • Commencing in 2023: $6,075

Learning outcomes

1. Analyse the opportunities and constraints presented by socio-cultural diversity in relation to a given bio-climatic and politico-economic urban context. 2. Understand and apply responsive design strategies to a complex design problem. 3. Communicate developed architectural design processes and proposals using media and techniques appropriate. 4. Develop ideas and proposals for design concepts and spatial encounters that make future sustainable cities and communities possible.

Enrolment requirements

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There are no pre-requisites.

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start17/01/2022
Cancellation 1?31/01/2022
Cancellation 2?07/02/2022
Last enrolment30/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/02/2022
Withdraw – Academic?05/03/2022
Teaching census?11/02/2022