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Forms and Politics in Architecture (ABPL90357)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90357
Semester 1
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In design thinking and practice, there is a schism between ‘formal’ and ‘political’ (or compositional and socio-political) considerations. This subject provides a study of the relations between form and politics, in an attempt to fill up this critical gap. Ideas and theories of form and of politics are introduced. Under the category of ‘form’, visual, formal, spatial, aesthetic, compositional, syntactical and organizational issues will be introduced; whereas under the concept of ‘politics’, issues of the nation, the city, the institution, micro spatial politics, the body, visibility, knowledge, design ethics, design criticism, spatial and urban planning, and art-politics relations, will be introduced and explored. Multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural, the subject also aims to test western ideas and Asian cultures in an attempt to forge a constructive dialogue between the two systems.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon the completion of this subject successfully, students will obtain:

  • A broad knowledge of the issues concerning form, politics and their relations
  • A set of ideas, theories and case studies in which form-politics relations are explored and studied
  • A deeper knowledge and an insight obtained from a self-driven and self-defined mini-thesis on a specific idea or case
  • Skills of deep/close reading
  • Skills of catalogue/bibliographic research
  • Basic skills of critical analysis
  • Skills of writing
  • Skills of presentation

Last updated: 5 June 2019