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Sustainable Tropical Housing (ABPL90152)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90152
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This subject will introduce the principles for designing and constructing sustainable housing in the tropics. It addresses the effects of both sociological and technical issues and discusses affordability, liveability, environmental impacts, sociality and relationships between community networks and space. The first part of the subject addresses these issues on both a theoretical and case study basis while the second part takes this background material ‘into the field’ to address real life problems via the design studio (and where possible design and construct studios) in Southeast Asia or northern Australia.

Approximate costs to students:

This subject has two fieldwork components, one at a University of Melbourne rural campus and another with the host community. Students will be required to cover travel and accommodation costs, purchase safety equipment (work boots, hard-hats, etc.) and presentation materials estimated at $2300 per person.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and engage critically with issues of social and environmental sustainability;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the design and construction processes governing tropical housing;
  • Participation in the design and construction of structures in dialogue with local communities.

Generic skills

  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary work.
  • An understanding of ethical responses to issues.
  • Presentation of projects verbally and graphically.
  • Analysis and synthesis of data.
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts.
  • Spatial analysis.
  • Creative response to complex problems.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural design team and to manage group and individual contributions.

Last updated: 13 August 2019