Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Prato Trimester 3 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ari Seligmann


This unit introduces the history and theory of contemporary urbanism. The subject will also develop methods for the written, spoken and visual analysis of urban settings and their associated architecture including site visits, analytical case studies and other forms of analysis. In addition to the theoretical and historical contexts of the urban settings and associated architecture the subject will investigate their contribution to architectural design knowledge.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have developed:

  1. Knowledge of the history and theory of contemporary urbanism.
  2. Knowledge of the socio economic, political and cultural contexts of selected contemporary cities.
  3. The ability to demonstrate the techniques applicable to the visual analysis of urban settings and their associated architecture.
  4. An understanding of the selected urban settings and their associated architecture's contribution to architectural design in an urban context.
  5. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


The Analytical Project, Essay and Visual Test will together form 100% of the assessment.

Chief examiner(s)

Ari Seligman

Contact hours

12 hours, including 3 hours of lectures, seminars or equivalent and 9 hours of independent study