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ARCH13-130: Design Futures Studio: City Lab


Design Futures Studio: City Lab is a studio-based subject engaging in experimental design projects at all architectural scales, selected for their opportunity to investigate pressing contemporary issues related to the occupation of the urban realm, environmental sustainability, emerging technologies, or other matters of sociocultural or disciplinary concern. Students will engage in an inclusive studio environment to develop solutions in team-based collaborative studio work. This subject asks students to explore the agency of architectural form, material, technique, technology, and meaning in a variety of scenarios.

Design proposals are expected to critically engage with a contemporary urban and architectural discourse through project work 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. Output is focused on collaborative methods of craftsmanship in both 2D and 3D outcomes including the physical construction of models and/or large scale constructions for inhabitation utilising the Architecture Fabrication and Research Workshop.

Subject details

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

Learning outcomes

1. Ability to speculate, critically analyse, test and trial various conceptual ideas using a variety of media and methods in response to a specific complex challenge. 2. Ability to critically analyse, research and develop a contextually-specific architectural response. 3. Considered response to and understanding of contextual fabric, built form and urban realm. 4. Understanding and integration of design concepts in response to technological, material, and performative challenges. 5. Develop verbal presentation skills and comprehensive 2D and 3D techniques. 6. Ability to work collaboratively and contribute constructively to a team environment.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


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.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Knowledge and design ability equivalent to that acquired through 1st year design studios (Creative Design Studios in Jan/May/Sept) is required.

Restrictions: ?
  • 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 opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021