Asia Pacific Modernities

Subject ABPL30057 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures and one hour tutorial
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


One of the following architectural history subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:



Subject Overview:

This subject will offer an integrated overview of urban, architectural and landscape related issues in the Asia Pacific region, including Asia and Australia. Fieldwork could include visits within Melbourne.

Topics will include:

  • Indigenous landscapes and place-making
  • Colonial cities and institutions
  • Regional and vernacular responses
  • Nationalism and commemoration
  • Derivative modernisms
  • Cultural environments
  • Post disaster reconstruction
  • Informal settlements
  • Globalisation and the metropolis
  • Suburban form
  • Tourism and heritage
  • Transnational architectural discourses/practices in Asia Pacific

The subject will look at the application of historical knowledge in practice and discuss career pathways in Asia and Australia.

On completion of the subject students will be expected to have greater knowledge of the region and Australia’s regional relationships through architecture, urbanism and landscape.

This knowledge will include foci on material, technological, textual and pedagogical approaches that are interdisciplinary and socially oriented.

Students will gain an awareness of key concepts and issues; learn to analyse and critique examples and understand their social relevance.


Drawn and written tutorial exercises (10-15 page journal) due in weeks 2 to 10 (30%)

Book or building review (1000 words) due in week 6 (20%)

Essay/project brief (1500 words) due end of semester (30%)

2 class presentations (reading and essay topic, 5 minutes each) due in weeks 2 to 10 and weeks 11 to 12 (10%)

Tutorial partiicipation weeks 1 through 12 (10%)

Prescribed Texts:

Subject reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Readings, reading reports, reviews, journal, presentations and essay.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects

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