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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Architecture and Urban Design Study level: Postgraduate
Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
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  • Tour Leader:  John Doyle and Vicky Lam
  • Program Dates: 2 – 15 September 2018
  • Availability: 12 -14 students
This studio will focus on manufacturing and production as a component of high density urban environments. Manufacturing and making has traditionally been a component of diverse mercantile cities such as Hong Kong.  The shift towards mechanised large scale production through the 20th century has resulted in a decline of many of the artisanal and traditional ways of making that occurred as an ad hoc component of the city. In the 21st century, mass models of manufacturing are themselves progressively becoming obsolete, with new technologies and full automation changing the way things are made. More and more it is possible for manufacturing and production to occur again in close proximity to urban centres. 3d printing and other fabrication technologies have made it increasingly possible for the production of objects, and complex assemblies to take place in non-industrial settings, however this is the tip of the iceberg. In the future it will be possible for everything from computer components to fresh food to be produced within our urban environments.  
In this space the challenge for architecture is to envision how these shifts might change our cities, both through form and typology, but also in the way they are programmed, inhabited and influence our social structures. The challenge is to understand the role of the architect in designing the manufacturing spaces of the future, and to draw on technical innovation as a catalyst of architectural design innovation.
These ideas will be tested through the design of a high density mixed use manufacturing and research complex in a high density area of Hong Kong, which provides a unique set of challenges.  Working through a series of design led case studies, students will familiarise themselves with the emerging urban model of the ‘innovation district,’ an agglomeration of institutional, commercial and civic programs focused around the development of new ideas, and the making of things. This will be accompanied by a rigorous examination of the historical evolution, context and urban structures of Hong Kong, its typologies and the tower type more broadly.  We will be looking closely at processes of formation and making, both at the scale of the object through fabrication techniques and technologies, and at the scale of the city through the organisation of urban blocks.
Work will be carried out in pairs.  In addition to the normal suite of architectural drawing techniques, the studio will be focusing on the emergent forms of representation in both in 3D via additive printing and 2D via animation techniques.  A workshop on the use of animation software packages will be held in the first portion of the semester.

Program cost
Students are to organise their own travel and accommodation.  Approximate travel costs are:
  • Airfare - $750
  • Accommodation - $1000-1500
  • Daily Transport - $20 per day
  • Meals - $40 per day
Additional costs to consider:
  • RMIT tuition tee
  • Host country visa (if applicable)
  • Personal Expenditure
** Travel insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. 
For more detailed information, please refer here

  • Students enrolled in ARCH1006, ARCH1330, ARCH1333, ARCH1335 who have balloted for the studio and been accepted.
Academic Credit
Course code: ARCH1006
Course name: Architecture Design Studio 6

Course code: ARCH1330
Course name: Architecture Design Studio 7

Course code: ARCH1333
Course name: Architecture Design Studio 8

Course code: ARCH1335
Course name: Architecture Design Studio 9

Application and Selection process
STEP ONE: Ballot for this studio via RMIT Master of Architecture Design Studio Balloting process.
STEP TWO: Successful students will be notified and directed to register via Mobi
STEP THREE: Register for this program on Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by 20 July 2018.
Complete the following questionnaires:
  1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
  2. Short Term Mobility: General Information
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.


Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

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