Nagoya Host Studio

Subject ABPL90338 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 07-Sep-2015 to 05-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 18-Sep-2015
Census Date 02-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Nov-2015

Quota: 16

This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected.

Selection criteria: Academic merit

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 Hours


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-URBDES Master of Urban Design
MC-DESURB Master of Design (Urban Design)
MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-LARCH Master of Landscape Architecture
MC-LARCH2Y Master of Landscape Architecture (200 points)
MC-LARCH3Y Master of Landscape Architecture (300 points)


Admission into MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning plus completion of following subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

The following subjects are indicative of the kinds of background knowledge that are useful for this studio:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
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:


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This studio is part of a series involving students from Melbourne and Nagoya Universities that explore urban structures and component built forms in the two cities: these arise from two cultural paradigms, and design/planning approaches. The method is to select and focus upon urban scale elements of these cities (for example, a superblock) and investigate their morphological characteristics, component architectural typologies, and underpinning principles of spatial organisation and design.

Melbourne and Nagoya display substantially different urban structures. Nagoya is an example of less centralised but more compact urbanism, with more widely distributed medium densities, a more even distribution of services, more examples of mixed building types, and more ‘urban convenience’ across wider areas. The intent of the studios is to identify and review these physical phenomena, and their associated design and planning principles and values, for application in Japanese and Australian settings at architectural and urban scales.

The program offers a background in related urban and cultural theory and practice, and is conducted in full cooperation with professors and graduate students from Nagoya University. It offers an enriching intercultural experience of built form and design/planning values.

Learning Outcomes:

To develop:

  • understanding of urban structure, urban morphology and architectural typology, their relationships, and the dynamics of urban change,
  • professional level investigative, analytical and interpretive skills as part of the design process,
  • abilities to configure credible and complex spatial conditions at architectural and urban scales, and resolution between scales,
  • capacities to embrace visionary and innovatory approaches to the design of urban futures,
  • intercultural perspectives on design and planning, including the transferability of ideas and practices between cultures.
  • Class presentation (digital + oral) of background investigation (equivalent oto 2000 words), due 23 November - 20%
  • Interim presentation (digital + oral) of design proposals, due 30 November - Indicative: satisfactory/unsatisfactory
  • Final presentation of design proposals (exhibition panels + oral) (equivalent to 7000 words), due 7 December - 70%
  • Participation and class contribution - 10%
Prescribed Texts:

Serge Salat (2011) Cities and Forms: On Sustainable Urbanism, Hermann, Paris.
Barrie Shelton (2012) Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design, 2nd edition, Routledge, London.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of the project a student will have demonstrated:

  • visual and oral presentation techniques appropriate to the project,
  • representation, analysis and interpretation of spatial conditions,
  • creative responses to complex spatial problems,
  • review and adjustment of design approaches,
  • application of design and related theories,
  • cultural responsiveness.


There is a quota for this subject of 16. Selection is based on academic merit and a short statement (max 100 words) on why the student wishes to take the subject and how it fits in with his or her studies and future plans. Achieving a balanced participation between landscape/architecture and urban design/planning disciplines is also a criterion.

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