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This studio is part of a series involving students from Melbourne and Nagoya Universities that explore urban structures and component built forms in the two cities: these arise from two cultural paradigms, and design/planning approaches. The method is to select and focus upon urban scale elements of these cities (for example, a superblock) and investigate their morphological characteristics, component architectural typologies, and underpinning principles of spatial organisation and design.
Melbourne and Nagoya display substantially different urban structures. Nagoya is an example of less centralised but more compact urbanism, with more widely distributed medium densities, a more even distribution of services, more examples of mixed building types, and more ‘urban convenience’ across wider areas. The intent of the studios is to identify and review these physical phenomena, and their associated design and planning principles and values, for application in Japanese and Australian settings at architectural and urban scales.
The program offers a background in related urban and cultural theory and practice, and is conducted in full cooperation with professors and graduate students from Nagoya University. It offers an enriching intercultural experience of built form and design/planning values.
Intended learning outcomes
- understanding of urban structure, urban morphology and architectural typology, their relationships, and the dynamics of urban change,
- professional level investigative, analytical and interpretive skills as part of the design process,
- abilities to configure credible and complex spatial conditions at architectural and urban scales, and resolution between scales,
- capacities to embrace visionary and innovatory approaches to the design of urban futures,
- intercultural perspectives on design and planning, including the transferability of ideas and practices between cultures.
On completion of the project a student will have demonstrated:
- visual and oral presentation techniques appropriate to the project,
- representation, analysis and interpretation of spatial conditions,
- creative responses to complex spatial problems,
- review and adjustment of design approaches,
- application of design and related theories,
- cultural responsiveness.
Last updated: 29 October 2019