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The Architecture of Wishful Thinking (ABPL90124)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2018

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Year of offerNot available in 2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90124
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This subject will explore utopian architecture and planning projects based on political idealism, wishful thinking and the prospects of technology. What does technology contribute to the creation of a modern utopia? Is technology the key to a democratic society without poverty and class warfare? Is it a mechanism for the development of a totalitarian state? This subject will investigate the productive and critical dimensions of utopian thought, exploring the ways in which architecture performs as a vehicle for the implementation of political and social vision.

Intended learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this subject students will have:

  • A highly developed understanding of modern urban and architectural utopian vision, together with a high capacity for critique of them;
  • An understanding of how conceptual and theoretical thought is translated into built form;
  • A critical basis from which to interrogate and evaluate contemporary architecture.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analytical ability.
  • Ability to comprehend architectural concepts and express them lucidly, orally and textually.
  • Methods of documentation and presentation.

Eligibility and requirements


Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.



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



  • Project proposal of up to 1000 words due in week 4 (20%).
  • Written and/or graphic project of at least 4000 words due at the end of semester (80%).

Dates & times

Not available in 2018

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information


There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

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Last updated: 11 January 2018