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Twenty-first Century Architecture (ABPL90117)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90117
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject offers a broad introduction to contemporary theories and methods used in the production and critique of architecture in the context of current practice.

Architectural concepts such as program, diagram, transparency, tectonics, materiality, and ornament will be explored along with the contemporary manifestations of landscape urbanism, digital technologies, ecological sustainability, and biomimicry in design. The subject provides a perspective within which contemporary architectural polemics and strategies can be understood so that students can approach their own practice with the knowledge of existing contemporary theories of design.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand and articulate a broad range of contemporary architectural theories.
  • Identify the major architectural thinkers, their philosophical positions and the debates between them.
  • Develop a disciplinary vocabulary based in architectural discourse.
  • Investigate a particular architectural theory for critical debate and to develop it for their own design practice and criticism.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Use and citation of sources
  • Written and verbal presentation of ideas
  • Essay and report writing
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the MC-ARCH (300EP) OR MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points) and the following subject

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90289 Architectural Cultures 2:After Modernism
Semester 2


Admission into one of the following courses:

  • MC-ARCH Master of Architecture (200 points)
  • MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
  • MC-UCH Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
  • MC-LARCH Master of Landscape Architecture
  • MC-CM Master of Construction Management
  • MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning
  • MC-URBDES Master of Urban Design



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Weekly tutorial attendance and participation (10%);
  • 8 Weekly Reading Analysis (250 words each), throughout semester (25%);
  • 3 quizzes on lecture content, week 4, 8 and 12, 10% each (Total 30%);
  • Manifesto outline (250 words) due in week 7 (5%);
  • Manifesto draft 1500-2000 words, due in week 10 (15%);
  • Manifesto final (revisions) due at the end of semester (15%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnnmarie Brennan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursContact hours: 2 x 1.5 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. Total contact hours: 48 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 13 August 2019