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SRA323 - Contemporary Architecture

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Des Smith





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Cloud students are required to participate in online consultation sessions.


This unit explores architecture, its history and theory from 1968 to the present day. Specifically, the unit seeks to connect particular works of architecture with larger cultural ideas in order to exemplify the dynamic role that the design of the built environment plays in contemporary society. The significance of western and non-western examples of architecture and urban projects are examined so as to demonstrate the way in which particular theoretical frameworks have been taken up in different cultural settings in different time periods. Both exemplary and everyday buildings will be critically analysed to position architecture as culture, and to enable students to understand and engage with contemporary architectural discourse. The focus of the unit is to engage students in peer debates on relevant issues drawn from architectural media, such as professional magazines, online opinion sources and scholarly literature. Students will extend the skills and concepts gained in SRA143, SRA215 and SRA224 by making and articulating their observations, establishing critical positions and contextualising these ideas within the popular and academic architectural discourse. Importantly, this prepares students to engage with the field and discourse into which they will graduate, with historically and theoretically informed perspectives.


Critique (video format) 40%, essay 60%

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