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11248 Architectural History and Theory: Urbanism and the City

Requisite(s): 11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations AND 11216 Architectural History and Theory: Modernity and Modernism
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 11223 Professional Practice: Architectural Office Practice and Law



The subject considers the development of the city and of urbanism in the context of modernity and modernisation. The subject builds on knowledge gained from previous history and theory subjects, and extends it with an understanding of the range of forces and processes that have shaped cities and their urbanisms, and toward understanding of city theories that have emerged, directed at urban transformation. Particular cities are examined in relation to specific themes, which may include industrialisation and urbanisation, colonisation, production, consumption, labour and economic forces, governance, demographic mapping and change, political processes and urban development, theories of urban experience, institutions of public and private life, post- and ex-urbanism, the suburbs, and the city as the site of research and speculation for architecture.

This subject is intended to enable students to contextualise their architectural studio work within different arguments and debates around what the city is and how architecture builds the city.

The subject is structured around a number of topics introduced through lectures and supported by readings that students are expected to have done in preparation for the lecture and for the following tutorials. The issues raised in these lectures and in the readings are then discussed in small group tutorials. These tutorials engage students in debating different urban theories and ideas of the city, as well as training students in presenting to their peers and in critiquing their own work as well as that of others. Tutors support and direct students in discussions and presentations and in their broader investigations as a part of assignment work.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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