Monash Urban Lab

Integrated design and urban planning research for social justice and environmental sustainability

The Monash Urban Lab is located in the Department of Architecture at Monash University. The Lab distinguishes itself through its unique integration of practice-based design and urban planning research. Lab research combines multi-scalar architectural design investigations with policy studies focussed on transitioning to sustainable and equitable communities. We draw on our strengths within MADA, across campus, and with Australian and international partners to support applied research solutions to community, government, and industry challenges.

The Lab pursues 3 integrated research areas which are each underpinned by a commitment to achieving social justice and environmental sustainability:

  1. Sustainable and Inclusive cities 
    • Integrated housing design, typology and policy research
    • Suburban intensification that explores strategic infill, suburban retrofit and new suburban typologies
    • Community engagement with a commitment to underrepresented constituencies
  2. Urban Infrastructure Systems
    • Water sensitive urban design and revitalisation
    • Hybrid natural and built systems
    • Reindustrialisation
  3. Visualising Urban Futures
    • Visioning future urban scenarios
    • Urban Data Analytics
    • Critical inquiry around ‘smart city’ data applications in urban planning and design

The Lab is staffed by key academics who are architects, urban planners, and urban designers. We encourage applications from prospective PhD candidates with Architectural Design, Urban Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture backgrounds. Prospective applicants will be assessed based on their alignment with one or more of the Lab’s three themes.

Current projects

Past projects

Banner artwork: Monash Urban Lab, Urban Intensification & Green Infrastructure: Towards a Water Sensitive City, 2016