ARCT5513 Near Future Scenarios for a New Architectural Era

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
How is the future of architecture? If there is a common denominator characterising the contemporary world, it has to do with change and transience. We are surfing the waves of a society in constant change with increasingly unpredictable consequences. The time of post-modernism is a time without certainties while, as inhabitants of transitory society, it seems we are deprived of even the means to forecast the future. In the absence of certainties, individuals, and particularly designers, are required to connect episodic, short-term projects in new, meaningful ways. This fragmented way of living and designing requires considerable adaptability and flexibility. Accordingly, it is necessary to ask how the architect can work with this context of transience and uncertainty. In other words: Is there potentially new opportunity in the instability and constant change of evolving urban, social and economic contexts? If so (and it seems to be the case), how can the architect adapt and acquire new ways of thinking and designing in order to work with uncertainty? Students will engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualize near future worlds. Using data visualization, mapping, and collage, students are encouraged to develop their own unique body of work about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the changing context of the contemporary world from a social, philosophical and technological point of view; (2) research and analyze data to visualize near future scenarios; and (3) develop visual tools and narratives to communicate new architectural spaces and urban scenes..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay and data visualisation and (2) graphic portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Fernando Jerez
Contact hours
3 hour seminar each week
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