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The Architecture of Wishful Thinking (ABPL90124)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90124
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • 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

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnnmarie Brennan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

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Last updated: 16 August 2017