Courses & Units

Urban Futures Studio KDA714


Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture.

The Urban Futures Studio positions architecture as a catalyst for urban regeneration and transformation, responding to key global imperatives of environmental and human health, social equity and sustainable economic growth. You will work on design studio projects aligned with emerging research and established community partnerships to speculate on alterative urban futures within real-world contexts. Through collaborative inquiry, you will develop a critical conceptual framework informed by detailed understanding of social, political and ecological conditions and contemporary urban design theories. You will apply this framework in the development of architectural propositions in response to a brief for an urban transformation project. You will develop refined design outcomes synthesising spatial, material and technical dimensions of the project across macro and micro scales. A key focus is processes of design inquiry through material experimentation and making. At the culmination of the unit, you will present your project to experts and peers, employing a targeted communication approach, encompassing choices of visual format, content, media and techniques, that clearly communicates your conceptual approach and design outcomes.


Unit name Urban Futures Studio
Unit code KDA714
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Professor Julian Worrall
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Propose design visions for sustainable urban futures informed by contemporary theory and critical interrogation of social, political and ecological conditions.
  • Develop design propositions for urban transformation projects that extend from design vision.
  • Use iterative design thinking to develop and refine design detail across macro and micro scales.
  • Present conceptual and pragmatic dimensions of a project to professional audiences through strategic selection of visual format, content, media and techniques.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040101 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $4,804.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly workshop - 6-hours

AssessmentAT3 Propositions: Detailed design (40%)|Speculations: Schematic propositions & material experimentations (35%)|AT1 Futures: Visual seminar (25%)
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