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Unit Overview


One of our missions as designers is to identify challenges and opportunities in Architecture that can lead us on translating climate change into a positive shift towards a sustainable built environment, that is not only environmentally positive but socially and economically viable. This unit deals with exactly this through systemic design thinking.

The LIVING Architecture Unit [LIVA] will focus on rural/remote and disaster relief contexts, resources and products from across the globe. In this course students will make use of both theoretical and practical circular design frameworks to learn about contexts in a comparative way, to make sense of the existing connections and derive design propositions at the scale of product and architecture. They will learn and design for the existing, considering the past while focusing on future buildings and products considering equally the social, the environmental and the economical aspects of the communities involved.

The unit will emphasize in particular experimentation with bio-materials and traditional techniques and processes, which are a widespread link amongst rural and remote communities across the world. The course will focus on UN SDG goals 4 [Education] and 12 [ Sustainable Production and Consumption].

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically analyse, compare and explain existing architectural and products developed across the globe within remote/rural/disaster relief communities, with the aim to understand what are the impacts, challenges and uses of natural resources, recognizing and prioritizing ethical design for a circular economy and longevity; (2) demonstrate into the design and construction processes, considerations for materials sourcing, components and systems from biological and technical cycles that enhances quality of design and performance of products and architecture, in light of its historical uses in traditional and contemporary settings.; (3) generate design proposals that consider worldviews and perspectives of rural/remote and disaster relief communities while drawing knowledge from building sciences and technological fields of research.; and (4) synthetize at a professional level the social, ethical and environmental responsibilities impacting upon production of a regenerative architecture and product design for climate resilience, while caring for traditional ways of living and for the use of design as a tool towards creative development in communities..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) journal writings and Diary Drawings; (2) practical exercises in Class or online; and (3) Portfolio [group work]. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Rosangela Tenorio
Unit rules
ARCT3030 Construction, ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3
and ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4 or equivalent
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Materials (estimated cost - 120).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week x 10 weeks
Seminars: 2 hours per week x 10 weeks
Tutorials: 3 hours per week x 2 weeks
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.