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ARCH71-134: Urban Futures and Parametric Cities


In Urban Futures + Parametric Cities, students will investigate design speculations for master planning strategies for urban built form utilising digital platforms with a focus on social, cultural and environmental outcomes. A comparative analysis with an emphasis on density, form, scale, public space, access, climate, history, typology and geographical determinants of a particular global city will be undertaken to inform creative speculations. Lectures and presentations will expose students to a range of cities, comparing and contrasting their design characteristics. Algorithmic tools will be used to examine and evaluate different variables to understand their implications for city design.

Students will work individually and in teams through workshops and exercises to develop content awareness and application.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,010
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,140

Learning outcomes

1. Develop an understanding of cities and urban form, their morphology, scale, components, and interactions and the reasons for differences between urban conditions and a
methodology for conceiving of architectural and urban design activity through research, application of urban design theory and analysis. 2. Develop an appreciation of the social, cultural, historical, environmental, economic and political diversity of cities associated with global urbanisation, as the context within which design should be produced. 3. Demonstrate understanding and application of parametric design methods for people focused cities, urban design and form, planning and transport systems. 4. Develop verbal presentation skills combined with 2D and 3D communication techniques 5. 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):

Assumes experience and familiarity in using Rhino software or equivalent including the Grasshopper plug-in, as delivered in Subtractive Fabrication Lab or equivalent experience; AND Assumes knowledge and design ability equivalent to that acquired through 1st year design studios (Creative Design Studios in Jan/May/Sept)

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 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