Department of Architecture Guest Lecture: Transactional Urbanism


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Zhumu meeting ID: 626 583 5304



Transactional Urbanism is a protraction of the flat, spiky, decentralised city, expressing the significance and influence of ubiquitous transactional exchanges on the form of the city. It presents the techno-social spatial domains that engender the city – an urban realm that is remote, dispersed yet kinetic and all-pervading.

The lecture will examine the impact of decentralised technologies on the built environment and the consequent emergent techno-spatial architectural and urban conditions catalysed by disruptive distributed systems. Through discussing an emergent body of work, it will present the propositional forces that demonstrably shape the city; focussing on technology - its implementation and imprint – with an aim to establish a relation in the domain of architectural comprehension.

Transactional Urbanism explores the architecture of the city as a prototypical condition consciously regulated, one that is no longer defined by a product but by scalable processes, services and ecosystems.

There are physical implications to virtual agreements that are apparent in the operations and behaviours of cities. This talk aims to make specific trajectories visible - where these shifts might get inscribed in the urban process and crystallised in architectural practice.


Ian Nazareth is an architect, researcher and educator. He is the director of TRAFFIC - a design and research practice working across architecture, urbanism and computation and an academic at the School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University Melbourne. His work has been exhibited internationally including the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. Ian was previously the Head of the Urban Design Program at RMIT.

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