Counterfactual City

Presented by RMIT School of Architecture & Urban Design and Cities Cluster

A symposium moderated by Paul Minifie

The Counterfactual City is a project that presents a series of alternative visions for the future city based on a counterfactual notion, a singular ‘what if?’ scenario. As a result, this presents a radical alternative to the existing status quo of urban development. These propositions are not based on scenarios that are known, but ones that should, could or would have been. The Counterfactual City project seeks to operate outside of the stereotypical modes of urban planning policies and the representation of architecture. Exploring these scenarios, challenges notions of how civic engagement shapes the built environment and demonstrates the importance of design-led approaches to city-making.

This project was presented through an exhibition of propositional posters, and a moderated symposium presented by architects and designers within RMIT Architecture’s Cities Cluster.

This program took place at The Capitol, 113 Swanston St, Melbourne.


John Doyle

Mark Jacques

Graham Crist

Vicky Lam

Ian Nazareth

Anna Jankovic

Ben Milbourne

Katrina Simon

Emma Jackson