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ARCH71-120: Architecture and Urbanism Studio: Global Cities


This travelling studio offers the unique experience for students to explore the inseparable interplay between urban form, architecture and social life beyond the national context.

As urban challenges become central issues across disciplines, space-making is increasingly evolving into a trans-disciplinary task. This studio facilitates a collaborative problem-solving through an international exchange of ideas. The students visit global cities and have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and contribute in an active discourse with a broad range of students, researchers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, urban planning and related disciplines.

Facilitated design studios advocate a debate on a diverse range of subjects relevant to the global city. Students develop architectural responses to global challenges facing our urban environment, such as population increase, ecological crisis, automation, digitalisation, waste, conflict, water and diminishing resources. Relevant design methods and concepts are developed to emphasise the agency of architecture in effecting change. (e.g. Identity appropriating spaces; Combining Local Knowledge with Digital Systems; Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Explore Spatial Character; co-producing the built future; Negotiating Between Growing Demands and Depleting Natural Resources; Unequal access and Urban wellbeing).

Student participation in the International study tour is subject to VISA approval, alternative teaching activities will be organised for students not able to travel.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $10,660
  • Commencing in 2023: $10,930

Learning outcomes

1. Collaborate with student from different disciplines, different ages and different world views for an integrative design process. 2. Individually and/or collaboratively critically analyse the relationship between conceptual design and environmental (ecological and socio-cultural) systems and their impacts. 3. Integrate contemporary architectural and urbanism technology, practice and discourse in the design of a complex architectural project. 4. Develop and document design proposals using emerging technologies for data processing and visualisation such as Parametric Design, Architectural Animation, CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) and VR (Virtual Reality).

Enrolment requirements

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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 opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022