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About the Urban Architecture Laboratory

The Urban Architecture Laboratory is devoted to a direct engagement with contemporary urbanism. UAL research involves an ongoing inquiry into the diversity of forces that shape the contemporary metropolis with a particular emphasis on Melbourne as a case study.

The Urban Architecture Laboratory undertakes grant funded research, urban design consultancy, publications, conferences, and exhibitions. A full time cohort of UAL Master of Architecture (research by project) postgraduate students are supervised in a studio context. A range of urban design and history theory courses are offered each semester in the UAL stream within the undergraduate RMIT Architecture degree.

Recent UAL research projects have investigated babyboomer retirement housing, high density housing, densification of suburban municipalities in the context of the 2030 Melbourne development plan, socially sustainable urban planning for rural towns in the Mallee region, coastal sea change development pressure on beach towns,  revised context character guidelines for historic inner city Melbourne fabric, and analysis of urban infrastructural ecosystems in Melbourne and Tokyo.

UAL Director Nigel Bertram co-curated the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006, resituating exemplary recent Australian architectural built projects in relation to their urban and suburban contexts and conditions.