Theorising the Asian Metropolis

Subject ABPL90150 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission into the Master of Architecture AND completion of one of the subjects below:

OR approval from the subject coordinator.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
  • Architectural Theory
  • Social Theory
  • Architectural and General History (Asia, Europe, World)
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The modern ‘metropolis’, which emerged in Europe and North America in the nineteenth century, has now expanded in demographic and geographic scope worldwide, and has now assumed a great intensity in regions across Asia. While there is a wealth of theories from the West, there is a surging quantity of urban mass and urban making in Asia today. This subject explores critical relations between ‘Western’ theories and Asian cases, on the themes of place, flow, signs, politics, form and design, with a focus on cities in East and Southeast Asia. The subject explores micro, spatial, humanistic, critical and cross-cultural perspectives.


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

  • Understand a basic suite of critical terms and concepts for a social and architectural analysis of cities in general;
  • Understand a basic series of controversies concerning Asian cities today in the context of international debate;
  • Familiarise with either a theorist’s research on Asian cities or a specific sites/cases in a city in the Asian region.

An annotated bibliography due in week 5 (40%) and a final essay due in week 12 (60%), totalling 5000 words.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to appreciate difference between cultures.
  • Ability to engage ideas between disciplines.
  • Ability to make written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas.
  • Ability to analyse patterns in social, cultural, historical and theoretical context.
  • Ability to question and test theories against empirical cases.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning

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