Course handbook


This course requires students to apply architectural knowledge and skills related to the design of compact and resilient urban environments within cities.

The course addresses the theoretical, regulatory, economic, environmental, political, socio-cultural and technical contexts of architecture within the city. The project is based on a ‘live’ situation within a city undergoing change. Through self-directed research, students work in small groups to propose an urban plan for part of the city. Working individually, students then prepare a schematic proposal for an urban architecture, parts of which they then develop as a detailed design. Students finally collect these investigations across the different scales and relationships of architecture and the city as a project for exhibition.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE6220. Students who have successfully completed ARBE6220 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE6231.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify critical relationships between architecture and the city.

2. Evaluate the entrepreneurial potential for architecture within the city.

3. Design an architectural project for a resilient and compact environment within a city.

4. Develop and maintain a theoretical position within an architectural project.

5. Apply construction technology and environmental systems within the detailed design of an architectural project.


  1. The city as project and the city as practice.
  2. Urban resilience and its associated landscape of social and cultural space.
  3. Architectural strategies for living and working in the city
  4. The structure, construction technology and services associated with the detailed design of urban architecture.

Assessment items

Project: City as Project

Project: Architectural Schematic

Project: Architectural Detail

Project: Architecture and the City

Contact hours

Callaghan and Sydney Elizabeth Street

Field Study

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 60 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term