ARCT5585 City as Site

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit serves as a vehicle for understanding cities as they have been traditionally constituted and their modes of transformation. Recognising the city as the primary site for architectural speculation, imaginative projection and realisation are antithetical to both conventional statistical and quantitative analysis typical of contemporary 'urban design'. The unit includes a series of lectures and seminars exploring current issues confronting the city as a symbolic and concrete site for architecture, followed by individual creative work.
Students are able to (1) develop a framework for understanding the spatial and architectural manifestations of urban development and (2) learn to apply theoretical approaches to the study of urban form, architecture in an urban context and urban space.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar presentation and (2) project work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nigel Westbrook
Contact hours
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.