Future Cities

Subject ABPL90344 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

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Web: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Overview:

This research-led subject introduces the concept of digital cities, its history and key theoretical foundations, ideas and controversies associated with the term and its use. The course invites critical thinking and discussion of urban essence and its cultural specificity. The subject is conducted in two parts/formats. The first workshop will introduce students to diagramming techniques and issues related to urban design techniques using digital diagrams. The second part will be taught in conjunction with leading international experts in digital design studies.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to familiarise themselves with new ideas related to urban development and future cities. They will be able to work with the leading experts in this field.


Workshop project 1 (due mid-semester) - 50%
Workshop project 2 (due end of semester) - 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students will be able to develop the following skills:

  • Analytical skills;
  • Critical thinking skills;
  • High-level oral and written communication skills;
  • Understanding of issues related to current urban problems;
  • Being able to foresee opportunities related to future cities;
  • Ability to retrieve and analyse information from multiple sources.

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