Drawing the Windows
future scenarios for Monash
“Architecture is not about the conditions of design, but about the design of conditions” (Tschumi, B. Advertisements for Architecture, 1976-1977).
The National Employment and Innovation Clusters (NEIC’s) proposed in Plan Melbourne (2014-2016) presents a new way of looking at and arranging our city and suburbs. Unlike activity centres (nodal) and transport corridors (linear), which have underpinned Melbourne’s development for more than 50 years, the proposed NEIC’s covet large swathes of established suburbia (assemblies) equivalent in size to many European and Asian cities. This is a substantial shift for Melbourne – which offers many unknown design possibilities.
This studio will use design propositions to engage with – and give form – to the embryonic concept of a knowledge and innovation cluster, focusing on Monash NEIC. What is its scale, structure and identity? How many centres are there? What kind(s)? What makes up the fill between these centres? Where is the architecture?
We ask you to consider these new territories as opportunities for design operations, experimenting with novel architectural typologies in response to the sites you will discover. Through developing your proposals you will be asked to consider what role architects can actually have – and how design can inform – these ambiguous places? It is your generation of designers that will be the practitioners who will ultimately realise this shift in the experience of Melbourne.
This course is paired to the formless city studies unit.
Lee-Anne Khor with Rutger Pasman
Wednesdays 9.00-12.00 + 13.00-16.00
..a design studio with Ross Brewin & Laura Harper on Wednesdays
BROAD RESEARCH THEME
In the context of the increasing urbanisation of our world, it is important to consider the corresponding and counter issues facing regional areas beyond the city. In what ways can architecture contribute to the recognition, revitalisation and resilience of regional towns and places?
Regional areas have particular attributes that mean they are suited to experimentation and innovation; including abundant and accessible natural resources, ample space, lower costs, geographical separation, dark skies, left over things (such as mining infrastructure), and an engrained can-do attitude.
This design studio pursues the idea that regional towns and places have the potential to be framed as ongoing outposts for groundbreaking ideas and inventions. The studio will think about this from an historical perspective and consider how this attitude / idea could be used in thinking about the sustainable futures of regional towns and places. The studio will use the regional Victorian town of Stawell as the site to explore the potential for this idea and the role of architectural design within this.
GROUNDBREAKING: IDEAS FOR SITE + PROGRAM
Stawell was originally born out of the 1858 gold rush and has been associated with this industry ever since. Now with the imminent closure of the largest underground gold mine and the subsequent loss of hundreds of jobs and associated foot-traffic through the town, the council is looking for new ways to generate economic activity in the area.
One idea for this is the soon-to-be-constructed Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL). The SUPL facility will be built inside the former gold mine tunnels, utilizing the existing infrastructure to build a laboratory to search for Dark Matter some 850m under ground, where it is relatively free from atmospheric ‘noise’. The SUPL project is an interesting contemporary case study in the potential for groundbreaking research and ideas to take place and affect a regional township.
The studio, supported by the North Grampians Shire Council will explore the siting and programmatic potential for a SUPL visitors centre. The studio will think about how this new facility not only supports the public communication of this groundbreaking research but might also itself be a kind of physical armature for the testing and development of possible groundbreaking architectural ideas and approaches. Extending the thematic of Groundbreaking even further will be a literal consideration of where and how to ‘break ground’ for the project.
GROUND BREAKING: THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN RELATION TO RESOURCES, GEOLOGY, MATERIALS + TECHNOLOGY
Regional towns often rely on industries which relate to the natural resources and characteristics of their geographic location. In Stawell these have included over time gold-mining, brickmaking, quarrying of sandstone, steel engineering (associated with the goldfields), wind farming, tourism and now scientific research which each draw on resources specific to the geology, climate and physical context of Stawell. All these industries affect the built environment – where buildings are located, how the town is organized, what buildings are made from and what kind of buildings are constructed. This studio will study the industries and natural resources which make Stawell specific, consider how these have influenced the urban environment in the past, and experiment with how they could be used deliberately used to make interesting architecture which is specific to Stawell.
In parallel to site and urban research, the studio will undertake a series of small esquisses exploring materials (including gold, clay, sandstone, crushed quartz and steel) as well as innovative technologies from the past, present and possible future for Stawell (including mining and quartz crushing machinery, wrought-iron and steel manufacturing, robotic stone carving and milling, 3D printing of stone rubble, clay and metals). The esquisses will be used to build up a catalogue of Stawell specific parts and methods to be used for architectural propositions on the various possible SUPL visitors centre sites.
NOTE: Students will be expected to make a number of organised and self-guided trips to Stawell (approx 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne)
ARC 4002 + 5002
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE DESIGN RESEARCH STUDIO
SEMESTER 2 2017
“Punk is unimaginable in London today.”
Mark Fisher (†)
Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London
Author of Capitalist Realism: Is there no Alternative? (Zero Books)
This studio offers the opportunity to explore how architectural design can be exercised as a form of political resistance. Inviting students to engage with the design process through civilised forms of dissent and disobedience, the studio seeks to find if architecture can become a tangible manifestation of counterculture, as well as an effective instrument for political activism.
What’s the point? In a historic time marked by increasing marginalisation and inequality, the studio suggests that architecture, first and foremost, must attend the basic needs of the most vulnerable social groups. These include migrants, the poor, the young, and other segregated minorities, who are more likely to be affected by austerity, deregulation, bigotry, racism, and trickle-down economics.
So, how to do this? Students will be invited to debate their points of view, and discuss the relevance and validity of the studio’s central argument. Then, they will investigate several of the correlations that exist between neoliberal politics and the post-capitalist configuration of public and private space — for instance, did you know that currently in the UK less than 1% of architects work in the public sector, as opposed to 50% in 1970s? We will discuss the implications of this kind of alarming facts, particularly for architecture, the city, and culture at large.
Later, students will analyse examples of spatial segregation in the contemporary city, framed by discussions of texts by people like Mark Fisher, Michel Foucault, Anna Minton, George Monbiot, Alexander Vasudevan, and others.
In parallel, students will learn about vernacular design tactics and how they feed a number of architectural solutions, as precedents for the design of a controlled squatting prototype for a hypothetical abandoned building. Then, students will be asked to transform their prototypes so they can parasitize a specific conflicting spatial situation found in Melbourne, determined through their own particular investigation.
This studio is expected to provide students with skills to respond to a number of important questions, including:
* What is the role of disobedience in architectural practice?
* Should architecture contribute to the production of countercultural manifestations in society?
* Can architecture be an instrument to simultaneously raise awareness and provide potential solutions?
* If so, what does the discipline of architecture becomes then?
Punk Buildings is a Master of Architecture Design Studio offered by Eduardo Kairuz, based on his ongoing investigations around crisis and its dislocating effects in architecture and the city. It will run in Semester 2/2017, every Wednesday starting at 10 am, in a studio space still TBD. If needed, please send questions to email@example.com
Embodying ephemeraliiy into perpetuity
Studio aim: The aim of this studio is to reimagine an ephemeral but also perpetual future for redevelopment of South Melbourne Market. We tackle possibilities for embodying ephemeral concepts, such as boundary, flexibility and human sensory and transforming them into a realworld project, commissioned by City of Port Philip.
This project will be achieved throughout two phases;
Phase I: Reading and representing the site history, the culture of the context and physical condition of the site. This phase will result in mapping and diagramming practices representing understanding of the site and its historical, cultural and physical context.
Phase II: The design phase where the understanding of the context along with the brief provided by Port Philip City will be used to redevelop the market. In this phase design strategies, such as intervention, insertion and extraction will be explored to embody the ephemeral concept and respond to the brief proposed by the City of Port Philip. Students’ design outcome will be exhibited at Monash University as well as South Melbourne Market.
Isun A Kazerani: PhD Arch (Melbourne Uni), Leader/tutor, (Melbourne Uni, Swinburne Uni)
Joshua Haddad: Senior tutor (Melbourne Uni), M.Arch (Melb Uni), MLA (Harvard Uni)
Studio times: Wednesday, 2pm-8pm
Within the interconnected global flow of people, goods and information cities are increasingly competing to distinguish themselves and to attract and serve citizens, businesses and tourists. The global proliferation of city branding, theming, mega projects and mega events is steering cities towards standardised strategies. Architects can contribute to efforts to shape the world of tomorrow by articulating productive alternatives and proposing visions to catalyse discussions and actions across diverse audiences. Architects should be sensitive to local conditions and bold enough to help expand perspectives and possibilities. How might intellectual and design speculation help guide financial speculation to shape future growth and change?
Using Osaka, which is Japan’s second largest city and Melbourne’s sister city, as a testing ground, this studio will produce a suite of provocative urban proposals and stimulating architectural projects as speculative catalysts for the future of Umeda in central Osaka. We will examine diverse networks interconnecting the Umeda site. We will develop three-dimensional porous open space matrixes as armatures for coordinating diverse linked activities and catalytic interventions. Observations and analyses of existing conditions will fuel design speculations that envision the evolution and mutation of Umeda.
The studio will engage with complex conditions and constituencies, such as the Umeda Area Management Alliance. We will explore ideas through proposals and projects and pay careful attention to the multi-media communication of ideas. We will conduct fieldwork in Japan and collectively develop urban strategies with Japanese colleagues. Resulting strategies will provide a fertile context for individual design of interventions. Studio participants will produce a package of urban proposals and articulate architectural projects that re ect the rigorous investigation and materialisation of key ideas across multiple scales – from city to building to details.
Design explorations will combine Japanese architectural and urban developments with global discourses and practices. The studio will be paired with a Japanese architecture studies unit and a required three-week research trip to Japan including an intensive workshop with partners at Kobe University, as well as extensive travel to examine Japanese exemplars. The trip is sponsored by MGS. Design explorations will be located in the Japanese context, but help forge foundations for global speculations on urban futures.
We understand the city as the model of sustainable living for the future. Based on this credo the Stephenson Triangle studio will explore processes of urban transition and transformation, dynamic programmes, potentials for densification and the implementation of new typologies.
The objectives of the Stephenson Triangle studio are to develop unconventional and speculative strategies for densification and to design high-density, mixed-use housing projects as an urban system. Such a system must necessarily address the plurality and coexistence of heterogeneity on the level of city dwellers, programmes and the existing urban morphology.
The inherent synergies of these diverse contexts possess a great potential for designing for the future.
Within the research driven design process, students will work in pairs to develop public programmes in accordance to their housing concepts and findings of their analysis of the existing surrounding. These complimentary programmes will play a key role within the urban system: As spaces of social encounter they can strengthen the community life and enhance the inhabitants’ identification with their urban environment. At the same time these public programmes can create synergies with the existing neighbourhood.
The studio is led by Markus Jung and Lochlan Sinclair as a first collaboration between Monash University & Neometro.
The studio is paired with the housing studies unit APDH, which runs on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am – 12.30pm.
9.30am -12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
This practice based studio will explore approaches to the repurposing of aging building stock through adaptive reuse, with a focus on strategies for the alteration and addition to existing building ‘skins’. The concept of reskinning is becoming increasingly relevant locally and abroad in the context of widespread, aging building stock that is no longer fit for purpose and expensive to maintain. A range of economic, environmental and social imperatives demand that creative approaches be developed to extend the life of these buildings across a broad range of building typologies.
This studio posits a building’s ‘skin’ as not merely surface, but rather a dynamic element with thickness, mediating between internal and external relationships – between interior program and the public realm.
Students will be tasked with understanding ‘reskinning’ as more than just “lipstick on a pig”; investigating a range of methods for altering and improving the programmatic and environmental performance of existing buildings. Through the re-imagination of a building’s exterior, students will explore a range of relationships between a building and its context across multiple scales.
Studio will be run from the BKK office in the CBD.
Tutors: George Huon, Luke Tuckman and Vaughan Cockburn and other BKK guests.
*V2.0: Now with extra plot ratio!
“Development Potential” is a design studio that investigates the role of architectural design in the creation of value in the built environment. As the practice of architecture occurs within an ecology of competing interests and limitations, understanding and engaging directly with these forces is critical in the creation and delivery of innovative architecture. Focussing on concepts of ‘quality’, feasibility and sustainability, students will explore methods for overcoming apparent limitations in delivering architectural design.
Students will be set the challenge of proposing a housing development (residential apartment building or other) through the hypothetical acquisition of land at the periphery of Melbourne’s CBD. The scale and ambition of each proposal will be guided by its ‘development potential’; as concepts of planning risk, amenity and energy minimisation are weighed up against build rates and return on investment. Ultimately, at a minimum, each project will need to ‘stack up’. But to go beyond the spreadsheet, you will need to propose a vision for the future of how we will live in our cities.
Masters Design Studio | sem 1 2017 Dr Drew Williamson (McBride Charles Ryan) Fridays 10-5pm Monash University, Caulfield Campus
This studio is about brick: where it comes from, how it is made and what it is used for.
Over the course of the semester, students will design:
- a catalogue of unusual, esoteric clay parts including bricks, tiles, pipes, pots, gargoyles and arches
- a system of construction with clay parts and a series of building typologies which can be built using it
- a set of beautiful industrial facilities for the manufacture of the bricks including kilns, chimneys, machines and claypits
- a scenario over time which imagines the life of a site from claypit to factory and beyond to a future post-industrial use
The studio will be run alongside a paired studies elective taught by Hannes McNamara in which students will experiment hands on with clay - designing, making and firing bricks, tiles and other clay products in the monash scultpure workshops and at the Austral Brickworks.
Tutor: Laura Harper, Wednesdays 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30
Envision imaginative design solutions responding to consequences of new climate data on a small coastal town using graphic and provocative imagery and illustrations
The town of Batemans Bay will serve as a backdrop to this visionary investigation of long term effects of climate change on coastal inhabitation.
Representation methods by Analogues, The Bartlett, AA, and Animes will inspire our visual explorations. The whole semester, we will focus on and develop 3 representations, the render, the section and a collective diagrammatic plug-in model, to achieve a high level of representational refinement.
The studio will run on Wednesdays
Wednesdays and will be led by Maud Cassaignau
Future scenarios for Arden Macaulay
Arden Macaulay is designated as one of Melbourne’s inner city growth areas. The reclaimed industrial history and its immediate proximity to the CBD and Parkville Employment cluster make the area ripe for future development. The investments in metropolitan infrastructure in and around Arden Macaulay support a high density living unlike other development areas in Melbourne.
The floodplain is an artificial, highly engineered landscape filled with objects and structures of other urban influences. Its central spine is a creek that is not a creek. Like many Australian watercourses it never really reached the sea but terminated in a swamp. The dredging of this swamp and the cutting of the creek towards it secured new land for sale and development in the late 19th century, while Melbourne was at the height of its global prowess. Now, a century later, while the land prices have skyrocketed and the attitude towards swamps and wetlands have changed, the floods return. The invisibility of older conditions may have been forgotten but in a future of changing climate and increased density these conditions resurface and disrupt the envisioned urban life.
The high-density tower model we see going up around Melbourne seems past its financial and qualitative lifespan. The scale of these developments (too big) and the type of apartment living (too small) they offer leaves us with an unanswered question about public amenity. Due to this combination of uncertain future, changing demographics, proximity to the CBD and the University while having to surrender to the muddy conditions of the landscape under a scenario of climate change, the development area can accommodate new and unique building typologies.
The studio will investigate how underlying landscapes can inform building typologies and how at a time of new climate threats these typologies can evolve towards a liveable future. The individual and group work will culminate in an interdisciplinary public exhibition to be held in late June, incorporating the parallel work of CRC researchers and stakeholders.
Nigel Bertram with Rutger Pasman + Oscar Sainsbury
In association with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
c.1200 "strong-willed," from will (n.) + -fut. Willfully is late Old English wilfullice "of one's own free will, voluntarily;" bad sense of "on purpose" is attested from late 14c. Willful means "deliberate" or "stubborn." While being full of will, or determination, doesn't necessarily seem like a bad thing, the word willful is negative in meaning.
Architecture is the direction of one's professional judgement - made up also, one might argue, of one's personal judgement - to appreciate a projects conflicting demands and work productively with these, in meeting responsibilities, while finding a rightness of fit between them.
Peter Rice, a renown structural engineer no longer with us, argued that the supposed rationality of a project's genesis is simply the wilfulness of the individual architect - falling back on their standard repertoire, personal values and problem solving technique to create a design (1).
We might agree that a strong degree of wilfulness is required to generate and keep project ambitions on track. However what distinguishes wilfulness from stubbornness? The resolution of conflict can lead to a design opportunity.
This studio will interrogate these kinds of questions by engaging with various constraints - regulatory, existing conditions, neighbourly demands, - to explore a productive balance between the wilful and the negotiated in urban placemaking. Our often unconscious reasons for our choices, the resulting conflicts and the processes towards resolving these will be examined during the studio process in order to recognise the organization and mediation required to establish, rank and implement a series of design intents.
An awareness of the varied consequences of 'wilful' decision making is an integral part of ethical practice. In 'Architecture Depends', Till propositions that ethical practice means "To assume responsibility for the other" (2). The other being "all the people whose lives will be affected by the construction of a building and its subsequent occupation. The environment is included in this understanding of other. Because the other is diverse and unpredictable an ethical stance must work with, assimilate and comprehend this difference rather than resist or supress it" (3).
New Urban Professionals (NUPs) will work in pairs (2 or 3 students depending on numbers) to develop an architecture project with in a new masterplan for the old Cartlon United Brewery's (CUB) site at the North end of the Swanston Street axis. NUP's will research relevant history of the city and the site heritage overlay,and test the various past and current planning rules. You will understand the reasoning and social evolution behind the planning rules for the site. Students will be given a developer brief (hopefully from Grocon) to test a range of planning constraints. The project will involve analysis of popular urban places and some site measures of existing context to reinforce an understanding of the anthropomorphic. NUPs will construct a 1:100 card model of the existing precinct context and working in groups will observe and analyse the context, critique the existing site solutions, diagram, propose and agree a masterplan and ground plan with new planning rules for the block. NUPs will work in pairs to curate authentic precedents, speculate on future programme, explain their relevance and provide a resolved design presented in plans, section with a 1:100 model. Each building will have to negotiate with their immediate neighbours within the larger whole. NUPs will be graded on their architecture project by a jury of OUPs, and as we all are, by the aggregate quality (shown by the new 1:100 models) of the whole CUB site.
Studio Time: Semester One 2017, 10am-4pm Friday (generally)
Studio will be led by Christopher Kelly, Principal of Architecture Workshop www.archwksp.co.nz and Laurence Dragomir, Publisher of Urban Melbourne urban.melbourne
Combined Group: Masterplan with articulated ground plan. New group agreed planning / development rules used to generate card models for the whole CUB site.
Smaller Group (2-3): diagrams, architecture plans, sections and about 6 photoshopped images of the model showing the organisational elegance, beauty and utility of a piece of the masterplan.
Refs: (1) Peter Rice, 'An Engineer Imagines'. (2) Zygmunt Bauman, via Jeremy Till's 'Architecture Depends'. (3) Boyd Series Ethics talks - Kerstin Thompson
Level Crossing Removal LXR
Australian Institute of Architects AIA
the WIN! ideas competition studio will investigate the urban potentials of new spaces generated underneath the raised metro line, liberated by the caulfield to dandenong level crossing removal project [LXRP] through the south-eastern suburbs of melbourne
WIN! will speculate across different scales and involves teamwork
WIN! sets a strong focus on generating bold and provocative imagery aiming at freshly contributing to the discourse on melbourne’s metropolitan future
WIN! ideas competition
wednesdays 9.30am - 5 pm
WIN! ideas competition
New pedagogical spaces of the contemporary city
There is a sense the historical university campus is part of an unending historical continuum.
All has changed. Plummeting government funding, the need to ‘brand’ the university campus and aggressive higher education takeovers from vocational training providers means that the physical campus disaggregates. We are left with satellites of pedagogy. Consequently universities and architects will need to go out to the student — learning satellites will appear in transitory spaces like airports, shopping centres and train stations. These are the new pedagogical spaces of the contemporary city.
Students will analyse the campus (Monash Clayton) typology; design ‘learning satellites’ in the suburban expanse and finally radically re-introduction these learning satellites into the Clayton campus. Students will come on a wild ride through typology, negative space, process driven design techniques and urban form. You will take positions, create polemics and discover the Society of the Spectacle that was Monash student politics in the 1960s.
Classes will be held in the offices of Paul Morgan Architects where you will get a taste of actual University projects. Occasional classes will be held at MADA.
The program will be in three stages:
1: Campus analysis; diagramming the process; concept investigations (3 weeks)
2: Process experiments (4 weeks)
3. Building design (7 weeks)
Wednesday mornings and afternoons.
From survival pods for a climate-stressed Australia of the near future, to buildings sculpted in response to the environment that surrounds them, the work of Paul Morgan Architects is a highly unconventional blend of science fiction, sustainability, and speculation.
Paul Morgan has been in private practice since 1997, completing university, TAFE and residential projects over that period. The practice has won the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Buildings as well as awards from the European Centre for Architecture Art and Urban Design and Chicago Athenaeum. A monograph on the practice was published in 2013. Paul is formerly editor of Transition magazine, and has taught architectural design over the last 27 years.
Practice-Based Studio: Paul Morgan Architects
Contemporary built-environments are constructed as much by digital information as they are by plasterboard and timber stud walls. Therefore, the studio will investigate the co-dependent relationships between digital interfaces (websites, apps, information etc.) and physical interfaces (walls, floors, roofs etc.) in the design of a prototype for contemporary activity on a remote site in rural Victoria.
The prototype for contemporary activity will accommodate the activities of a diverse and changing group of between 1-25 visitors, which includes the students of the studio themselves. The physical architecture of the prototype, paired with its digital systems will enable multiple visitors to undertake activities that they are not able to undertake in their current environment. Diverse activity and ownership of the prototype will be enabled by integrated and roaming digital interfaces developed by the studio. The remote nature of the site is understood as a condition of otherness, facilitating potential escape from conventions in behavior. The digital interface will also support unprescribed relationships between the visitors.
The studio will focus on two design processes, whereby the material resolution of physical interfaces will be tested through physical model making and digital interfaces through interactive layouts. Students will develop their own co-dependant physical-digital interfaces and as a class using these design processes. Students will critically look at current digital technologies constructing their environments (Nest, Amazon Dash, Screens etc.) and focus on the current day application of extensions of these beyond sustainability, comfort and security. The semester will conclude with individual work being consolidated into a single demonstration of the digital and physical interfaces of the final prototype for contemporary activity.
James Bowman Fletcher
Monday 1:30-4:30PM + Thursday 1:30-4:30PM
Gesamtkunstwerk is the ‘total work of art’. In an architectural context, it refers to the designing of all facets of a building, from the furnishings and fixtures to the building envelope and landscape.
In contemporary architectural practice, the selection and specification of ready-made building components for incorporation into a design is a convenient and commercial reality. This studio will aim to position these architectural ‘fragments’ as a driver of process and rather than an afterthought. Students will make careful consideration of not only the position and placement of these fragments, their purpose and relationship to each other, but also how they may come to inform the architecture at large. Students will be asked to design at a range of scales, in isolation and in dialogue with an overall site and building schematic.
While the semester will limit the extent that can be designed, students will design a selection of building fragments of various scales using architectural themes as a guide or brief — e.g. Approach, Street, Entrance, Circulation, etc. which may result in designs of openings, stairs, floor, lettering and signage, systems, door handles, furniture, lighting fixtures, façade, roof etc. — before a building is addressed more holistically. With each new implementation, accumulated designs will require iteration and integration. This nuanced approach will guide students as they interpret a functional brief and work towards a finalised architectural outcome.
With an intimate understanding of the physical site, its inhabitation, ephemera and phenomenology, students will be encouraged to develop an architectural language, conceptual and/or narrative link between these building fragments and the city, while creating methods of representation (and narrative) to demonstrate the item in context. This “seat to city” (J.B. Bakema, Antwerp, 1964) approach will require students to design the part, with the whole in mind.
Free Site Study:
Unstructured or ‘free’ site documenting: This studio will aim to challenge the often-linear architectural practice of documenting and representing site and existing conditions. Students will be invited to undertake a rigorous non-empirical study of a given site. In documenting this process, students will be invited to recall the site imaginatively but critically, and may yield responses that are ‘psychogeographical’, poetic, intellectual, impressionistic, playful, historical research/narrative based or otherwise. In terms of architectural representation, this approach will pose interesting tensions between the abstract and the figurative, the codified and the representational.
Students will be asked to create their own inventories of site ‘collectables’ as a means of recalling and consolidating significant site themes. Collections may include various minutiae of thematic relevance to the Gesamtkunstwerk tasks — Approach, Street, Entrance, Circulation, etc. For example, a record of the existing openings (doors / windows etc.) present in the site surroundings or a more broad-based, exploratory collection with which to navigate the range of site characteristics.
This inventory may take the form of a photographic survey, architectural drawings or otherwise. These collections should serve as a method for understanding the role and importance of precedent in architecture.
Scales & Fabrication
In the Gesamtkunstwerk studio, there will be a focus on large scale model-making to develop architectural outcomes. Investigations into fabrication, craft, manufacturing techniques and other design fields — furniture, product, textile design etc. — will be encouraged.
Fortnightly & weekly small-scale assignments refined over the course of the semester.
Gottfried Bohm, Basalt door, ‘Madonna in the ruins chapel’, Cologne, 1950.
Archival Practice As Architectural Strategy
This studio focuses on archiving as design methodology and seeks to investigate the potentials of design through making.
The semester comprises two parts, one will investigate the application of archival practice across disciplines, visiting archives, interviewing industry professionals etc. The second focuses on memory, its remembrance and manufacture, preserving and documenting the ephemeral and intangible. Students will collect information, objects, artefacts, and stories to shape their own architectural propositions.
Archiving as a methodology is a creative practice applicable to the process of architectural design, it is used in the work of theorists such as Michael Foucault, artists such as Christian Boltanski, Gerard Richter, and Cornelia Parker. The architect utilises this strategy to design through collecting, sorting, ordering, and assembling – it is a way to engage with site, memory, and cultural and social identities. Students will be able to undertake several strands of research, “archival” practices of the Wunderkammer/Cabinet of Curiosity, reliquaries, and personal ephemera, sift out strong concepts and form interdisciplinary schemes.
One can collect to make connections, to link the strands between dislocated fragments, to form new interpretations of the past from the standpoint of the present, to derive new meanings by rearranging findings. Artefacts and memories can be transformed to uncover hidden worlds, to give presence to the invisible and intangible. Architecture has the ability to “consciously contribute to a cultural archive in the making”.
The act of collecting implies future proofing, the desire to safeguard ourselves against time and the destruction of memory and objects that it entails. The archive thus ferries between the past, present and future. Preservation suggests an understanding of the past and predicting what will be valuable for the future, this strategy of archiving is an expansion on the role of the architect, facilitating
multiple, if not simultaneously conflicting, interests while speculating on future scenarios of the built and natural environments.
Design by making as a process generates a vast spectrum of (often unexpected) outcomes. These manifestations and visual communications of ideas are conducive to the development of independent critical thinking and self- directed process of design through explorative means of production e.g.model making, casting, video, installation, photography etc.
Specifically, inherent in the practice of casting are themes of disappearance, traces, “lostness” and archiving, integral to this studio. Giving formal expression to the most malleable of ideas, casting draws on memory and trust, culminating in the theatricality of the unveiling moment.
The process of making initiates a dialogue strong in material presence, engaging the tangible and tactile to interrogate the occupation of space and the paradoxes between haptic thresholds.
The semester will include drawing and model making workshops that focus on visual and material expression and investigation. There will be a series of discussions and lectures on the various strands of archival practice evident in the arts, living technologies, ecological systems and forensic science. Thus exploring a cross-disciplinary design attitude in this studio.
One site will be chosen from a selection of “unlikely” or “impossible” spaces in the city. We will focus on the transformation of space and architecture as an alchemical application to site.
The programme is for a Memory Factory. This factory is an elusive and sometimes unreliable archive. Students may choose if this takes the form of one built form or several.
MONASH UNIVERSITY SEMESTER ONE 2017
CORNELIA PARKER, The Maybe, 1995.
This studio will seek to develop an urban design strategy that is realised through smaller scale architectural and landscape projects, responding to the immediate conditions of an infrastructure easement and its surrounds. This will be a strategy that can be used to approach other unused/ easement spaces in the suburbs.
Through a streamlined process of measuring, photographing, and carefully mapping the varying conditions and interfaces, students will be required to produce detailed site drawings of the specific allocated site along a significant pipe reserve in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne, stretching from Reservoir to Coburg North. Exploring the well of local knowledge, students will be required to tap into the cultural and historical understanding of place to help inform a series of site specific esquises. Students will then be asked to produce a number of scaled sectional models that describe these conditions and test a number of possible design responses exploring different typologies and program types.
Mada bachelor studio proposal s1 2017 - ben waters
A social condenser of contemporary pleasures
The studio seeks to propose images, fantasies, visions and architectural alternatives to the current society and urban environment bringing back the positive spirit of transformation, dominant in the architectural scene of the 60s and 70s.
The conceptual scenery is the famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Like the painting, the studio is placed in an intermediate zone between fantasy and reality, the critical and the imaginative, the real and the invented.
Students will create a series of intrusions of the fantastic world into the real world designing a garden of earthly dreams for the 21st century. Students will produce two specific site installations of pleasure: an apparatus at the scale of the body involving at least two people, and a structure at the scale of the city.
The fictitious program of this social condenser of delights and pleasures will transform a real space in Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens.
The studio will follow a specific design methodology breaking down complex tasks into fundamental components to assist the students in developing and articulating their own architectural positions.
The studio will re-examine a set of precedents, attitudes, positions, strategies, projects, ideas, particular processes, actions, etc. providing a larger spectrum of possible suggestions and solutions.
Special emphasis will be placed on the exploration of alternatives ways of defining and communicating the proposals.
Students will be urged to be open to alternate ways of approaching and thinking architecture engaging connections with other disciplines.
Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carrol
María Fullaondo + Joe Gauci-Seddon ARC2001 Design Studio | Semester 1- 2017 Monday-Thursday [2pm-5pm]
Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505,. Grisaille, Oil on oak panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado Museum, Madrid)
& six camel-hair coats
discover the language and tools of the design process
Mondays & Thursdays 6–9pm
Speed and Agility Training for Architects
with Jonathan Podborsek
A chop shop is a location or business which disassembles stolen automobiles for the purpose of selling them as parts. The term originated from the practice of building a car from two halves, welded together.
In a chop shop, time is of the essence...
CHOPSHOP studio will offer students the opportunity to hone their design skills through weekly design exercises exploring a variety of scales, briefs, disciplines, and techniques. Flexibility and adaptability in design, production and approach.
This studio is suitable for students who wish to increase their productivity and prepare for the workforce. Students will build a skill base beneficial for future studios.
Each week students will be graded on the following deliverables:
-a mini essay [100 words]
-a drawing exercise
-a design exercise
This studio is not for the faint-hearted.
Mondays 15:00 - 18:00
Thursdays 15:00 - 18:00
This studio will take the corporate tower (in this instance, Rialto Tower, Melbourne) and unpack its use as corporate vertical real estate. Critiquing the tower’s role in social, economic and political divisions, participants will propose alternate usages, atmospheres, structures, and programs, with the ultimate aim of critiquing an outdated and exclusionary modernist system.
Students will be asked to work individually, each designing interventions in a part or parts of the Rialto Tower. Model-making will be emphasised as a collaborative and key communicative tool, with drawings influenced by those of radical architecture.
ARC2002: Critical Observation and Proposition
Virginia Mannering + Luca Lana
OCCUPY: In the last 40 years, the economic logic over which the social development takes place, has changed. We now live in a world of concentration of wealth and power, increase of state violence through police control, exclusion of more and more sectors of society and architecture for the wealthy. Since the 90’s, this logic started to change from a repressive and violent behaviour, to a seductive performance, in which those who are not excluded, are now enchanted through spectacle and consumption, with ARCHITECTURE AS AN ACCOMPLICE.
REVEAL: This double behaviour of destruction and seduction, allows the development at extraordinary rates of the wealthiest people, but at the same time the displacement and poverty of a huge percentage of the global population. Melbourne is one of the most seductive cities in the world, and the CROWN COMPLEX – millionaire gambling, 5 stars hotel, de luxe residences, exquisite cuisine and exclusive entertainment – its most radical expression. Soon, the construction of the tallest tower in Melbourne - ONE QUEENSBRIDGE - will culminate this complex, a symbol of wealth concentration, masculine virility, corporate power and social exclusiveness.
DISPUTE: The Studio will study the role of architecture in this conflictive scenario, and which opportunities we have, as architects, to get involved in the dispute against the structural social injustice. We will look for architectural mechanisms that this building develops to generate exclusion and seduction. Through readings, writings, visits, models, walks, videos, diagrams, conversations, and the study of international cases, the Studio will build a battery of critical reflections of this radical architecture of the current
times. So, we will propose different actions and projects to make visible what this architecture hides.
¿Can we think architecture as a tool to dispute the current distribution of power?
¿How can we reveal the violence of the attractive model of the neoliberal city and its buildings?
¿Has architecture the capacity to build social resistance and inclusive social relations?
¿How would be the buildings and the city if architects work to destabilise current conditions?
¿What would happen if architecture engage in the conflict and dispute against power?
This Studio will develop subversive projects, and speculate about possible alternatives.
ARCHITECTURE FOR CONFLICT IN A NEOLIBERAL WORLD: Lectures on Neoliberalism and Urban Development, Architecture and Seduction, Critical Alternatives and Dispute, will stimulate a critical construction of discourses, actions and architectural propositions. The Studio will produce models, videos, diagrams, catalogues and 1:1 installations during its process, to allow a collective reflection among students, teachers, collaborators and guests.
The most luxurious complex
The most liveable city
The tallest building in Melbourne
A unique addition to the city skyline
Several Partly Habitable Spaces for Idle Cogitation
This studio concentrates on the critical examination of site to explore landscape and the built environment through a pilgrimage of small scale interventions – spaces for thought.
Rather than pacing for religious purposes, pilgrimage in the context of this studio is a way to engage with landforms and induce contemplation.
Students will propose a pacing itinerary: a sequence of meditative activities that comprise the ‘stations’ of a pilgrimage, and identify and respond to particular landscape, elemental, and seasonal conditions that propel each intervention.
Scrutinising site as palimpsest, rigorous practices of mapping and casting (at macro and micro scales) will facilitate the pursuit and manifestation of contextual understandings, speculations and inventions.
We will research geographical representation, such as romanticised nineteenth century biogeography and infographics, contemporary explorations of quantitative documentation and qualitative notation, demonstrated in the works of Jorinde Voigt, as well as site responsive architecture, including Enric Miralles’ Cimitero di Igualada, Tomba Brion by Carlo Scarpa and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands. In addition, the studio will explore the eighteenth century fascination with the Sublime, examine the spectacle / spectator relationship of tourism, the Grand Tour, and analyse pilgrimage typologies.
This studio aims to develop a methodology of understanding for the interpretation of uncertain landscape conditions. From flora and fauna, to ground and atmospheres, and historical processes, the site portrait generated through the studio will be a multilayered operational tool. While the final architectural proposition manifests as a site device in the form of an interpretive centre, it's purpose is to test hypotheses and manifest the overall method of interpretation.
Testing Grounds will require students to engage in multiple, rigorous, on-site explorations and testings. Current methods of understanding site (site analysis) are often over simplified, undervalued (Corner, 1999) and used as a way of justifying a predetermined perception. Testing Grounds will investigate the hypothesis that by employing rigorous and specific techniques it is possible not to be restricted by preconceptions, instead revealing readings of the site that would otherwise remain hidden.
Through understandings of site developed through intuitive investigations, students will create instruments for testing and interpreting site conditions. Throughout the semester, these instruments will be developed and scaled up ultimately manifesting in the final studio proposition, an interpretive center. While this is the final propositional component, the primary aim is to develop a new methodology for reading and interpreting site. Findings from each stage of the semester will help to establish a feedback loop enabling a dynamic and active process.
The site is an accessible inner-urban green corridor located along the Merri Creek. It is home to the contrasting ecologies of opportunistic weed communities and a highly regulated revegetation program. Importantly the site is a place of significance for the Wurundjeri people. Since colonisation, the site has had a complex history as a quarry, a landfill site and subsequently an urban park.
1. A Series of Observational Instruments and Operational Devices
Bridging the empirical, phenomenological and subjective, these instruments will reveal, amplify and examine the existing site conditions. Furthermore, devices will alter, adapt and manipulate these conditions.
2. Proposition for Centre for Interpretation
A constructed environment for the observation, examination and interpretation of specific site conditions.
3. Exhibition of Critical Observation
A culmination of different techniques and lenses for examining site. A variety of observational and representational tools will be presented in a class exhibition.
monday 1330 // thursday 1800
ELLA GAUCI-SEDDON and JOSEPH GAUCI-SEDDON
Processing Images of Ornament
‘True Crimes’ is a research and design unit that introduces students to critical views on ornamentation through the observation, production, transformation and materialisation of images.
Framed by Adolf Loos’ provocative critique of the role of architectural ornament in the 1913 essay Ornament and Crime, students will engage in a process of scanning ornament, as critical observation. Images, elements and fragments of architectural ornamentation will be scanned using advanced imaging techniques (3d white light scanners, 3d laser scanners, photogrammetry etc.). These scans will form a 3d digital inventory of a range of ornamentation types, surveyed from the contextual axis of Melbourne’s St Kilda Road. This axis offers a historically diverse and varied display of applications and approaches to ornamentation.
The digital data of images selected from the inventory will then be ‘computationally processed’ ie. edited, displaced and transformed in order to find new forms of representations and tectonics structures inherent in the images.
The second phase of the course will be focused on the development of new tectonic forms, using data and information extracted from images produced in first phase studies.
These forms will be tested through physical models (3d printed material). A recursive process of scanned digital image to physical material then scanned again, will produce new modes of transformation and test the dexterity of the students methodology.
STUDIO OUTLINE S2 2017 - BEN WATERS - OSK + SIII RESEARCH LAB
Architecture of the post-nation state
Does architecture have the capacity to express a mission? Through the design of the quarters of an international organization (1000-2000m2), we will discuss the potential for architectural production in a global territory of multiple jurisdictions as a motivation to create an architecture that enhances common qualities.
International organizations are intrinsically linked to the birth of modernity. They were founded at the same time as the industrial revolution, modern technology, global capital and the dawn of rapid information flow. Regardless of this ongoing process of infiltrating boundaries and uniting poles, the wish for the definition of nation states seems to persist, even gain momentum, with cases like Brexit and the looming possibility of Grexit, Scottish Independence and other independence movements around the world.
Parallel to this, new migration patterns across the globe begin to raise questions about the mechanisms of citizenship, resulting in ever more subdivisions, discriminatory processes, and alienated communities. Thus, the goal of the project will be to develop an architectural language that is capable of addressing questions of identity and the complexities within which these organizations operate while creating a new arena for civic exchange.
Studio 4 / Vear 2
Mondays & Thursdays
1:30 – 4:30
WESTSIDE STORY interrogates the value we place onto identity, and the relationship between changing demographics and the built environment. Looking at the suburb of Footscray, the studio will examine its social context, its cultural narrative, the recent rapid development and its shifting demographics. Concurrently it will critique the process of urban sanitisation and investigate patterns around gentrification and adaptation. The studio is interested in how ‘identity’ manifests in informal, temporary, and interstitial spaces. Students will observe street life and the public sphere and investigate the way shifts in local populations over the past few decades have altered the urban fabric of Footscray.
The agenda is to create innovative public spaces which draw upon social, cultural, and economic landscapes. The semester’s body of work will include observing, documenting, and categorising street life. These will inform an series of site-specific interventions. Initial projects will be small scale esquisses on sidewalks, this being the interface between public, private, and commercial zones. Students will then respond with a larger architectural proposition in Maddern Square, a spatial by-product of retail backdoors, car parking, pigeons, and an unsuccessful urban renewal. This is the only open space in central Footscray and projects will reactivate it for community use.
Exercises will include movement mapping, atmospheric studies, textural studies and detail drawing, all derived from an acute observation of the site and its conditions. Students are also expected to use writing as a reflective design tool and will participate in a walking tour through Footscray led by the City of Maribyrnong.
WESTSIDE STORY will investigate the city, people, how spaces adapt, and how we relate and react to social and physical environments. The studio views the city not a blank canvas, rather a collection of experiences where historical narratives, changing social attitudes, and fluid demographics influence the built environment.
Yvonne Meng / Naomi Stead
Casting as a technology, process, and architectural design methodology
Casting is all around us, yet it is rarely considered as a design influence. It is pervasive and well-understood within industrial design, and manufacturing, yet rarely considered by the architect.
We will consider moulding and casting as an abstract approach to explore making form, making void, and generating texture at a variety of scales.
Major themes we will explore:
Casting of objects
Casting of voids
Industrial casting: Ceramic, Fiberglass, Metal, Plastic
Casting in art
Imprinting / Impression
Casting in the industrial revolution.
Mass production of decoration
This is a studio for people who like to use their hands, and like to make things.
A large number of moulds and casts will be produced. Students will develop their model making skills.
Fab-Union Space by Archi-Union Architects // Shanghai, China.
Nineteen Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) students, along with lecturers Alysia Bennett and Wil Goodsir (Goodsir Architecture) have collaborated to create concepts for a suite of architectural elements to be considered for installation at Government House’s ‘Peace and Prosperity’ kitchen garden.
Revealed to The Governor, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC on 14 June 2017, the project has enabled MADA students to experience design outside the classroom by interacting with the kitchen garden participants and responding to a real brief from a real client. If their designs are ultimately selected, they’ll gain the unique experience to participate in the realisation of their creations on-site.
The design brief from the Governor encouraged students to submit a variety of ideas, in order that some or all of them may be drawn from to determine the final design. MADA students responded with two independently conceived suites, “Jenina Al Mahaba Wal Salam" (an Arabic translation meaning “The Garden of Love and Peace”) and “The Arbor”.
WIN! ideas competition
Festival Hall Redevelopment
The site typifies a central city edge condition, part industrial, part commercial and residential, sliced by
traffic and rail arteries but mostly non-descript.
The concerts and events have a long history from a time pre dating the Beatles gig, through bands, roller derby, boxing and even wrestling might ring a bell.... but the building? Many evocative memories exist for the number of ‘rituals of gathering’ enacted within Festival Hall but the building itself is a blank, a cipher, dissolving into and becoming part of its rather tough and alienating context. This may be well and good or it may imply a sense of absence and void.
A new concert hall / auditorium, a container of entertainment and information is required. Within the terrain of railyards, docklands and warehouses will rise a new event house breathing life into one of the city’s forgotten corners.
Boundaries: Dudley St, Roslyn St, Adderley St and
Railway Place, West Melbourne
The studio will investigate the site influences and urban connections to enable the student to design an auditorium structure set for dialogue with the contemporary city, examining in detail the building type, design, operation and its relevance and viability.
Examine and respond to the dynamic site condition, its opportunities and constraints, the spatial compression and limitations.
The studio avoids the conscious propagation of a architectural ideology in an attempt to enable students to explore, in a guided but unhindered fashion, their personal and the group’s architectural development.
Grant Amon Architects
Nicholas Gioia Architects
Rethinking Urban Space in Northcote
The exponential growth that is currently undergoing in almost all of Australia's major cities has brought as a consequence significant changes in specific urban programs and activities. Many of these changes have been poorly resolved from an urban, architectural, and landscape design perspective. This studio looks at this phenomenon, and presents students with the opportunity to re-program and re-design an existing site in one of the most interesting inner suburbs of Melbourne.
To do so, the studio asks students to implement a specific design strategy, based on challenging the disciplinary boundaries that exist between architecture and landscape architecture. With this, students will discover (and will work with) the untapped relationships that exist between these two apparently different disciplines. The intention is to offer students the opportunity to create the singular experiences and perceptions of urban space that can be produced by the ambiguous spatiality that emerges from their combination.
The project's site is located in the northern inner-suburb of Northcote, where an uncommon, vacant urban space still remains. The lot is adjacent to the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, located at the corner of High and Bayview streets. This site, surrounded by mix-use and different density buildings, is characterized by a four-meter level difference between the street level and church's ground level, a topographic gap that presents a unique opportunity to explore the correlations between architecture and landscape architecture
To address this level difference, or gap, it is necessary to produce a significant topographic transformation. This means that students will learn how to design with topography, and thus create a hybrid architecture/landscape architecture public space that can resolve the present topographic accident.
Students will also have the opportunity to formulate their own conceptualization of what a contemporary urban space might be, in particular one determined by new programs that can challenge the boundaries between interior and exterior space. With this, the studio aims at maintaining the existing open area as an exterior space, and simultaneously at re-programming the site with an internal "public" space articulated by the four-meter level difference.
In this studio, third year students will be presented with the challenge of exploring the potential relationships that might exist between architecture and landscape architecture, and reflect on a site-oriented project that acknowledges the importance of the redefinition of existing programs through a strategy that seeks to emphasize the importance of public open spaces in the urban fabric.
Mondays and Thursdays from 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Studio leader: Isabel Lasala
.....an ARC3001 Design Studio with Ross Brewin
OVERVIEW - A ‘LIVE’ PROJECT
The design studio will broadly investigate the potential for architecture to elevate the accessibility and value of regional areas and places. The studio, sponsored by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council in Tasmania will consider the potential to seed the economic growth of the East Coast region of Tasmania through careful and strategic tourism– focused development at locations along the ‘Great Eastern Drive’ touring route.
The studio will specifically identify, investigate, and design projects at a number of locations along the touring route. These sites will be chosen for the potential as traveller pull over spots (due to the surrounding spectacular landscape or significant historical setting) but are currently problematic in terms accessibility, safety and available amenity. Ideas generated in the studio will contribute towards a body of design research to be delivered to the council for purposes of pursuing funding to develop and implement actual projects in these locations.
SEMESTER THEME - MATERIALISING
The focus for the semester will be on the material resolution of design ideas. Students will be designing programmatically simple buildings and structures, freeing them up to explore design projects in greater material, structural and tectonic depth.
OTHER INTERESTS + AGENDAS
> How architecture in regional places, whilst addressing practical issues can evoke, reveal and mark the unseen (eg history, ecological forces, celestial event),
> How contemporary architecture can embody and reinterpret the built vernacular of a place.
Students will be challenged to understand and incorporate relevant building codes and standards into their designs to start to understand the process of ensuring projects are accessible, safe and comfortable, whilst being conceptually and experientially rich.
WHAT TIME IS IT?
The studio will run on Monday and Thursday afternoons_ 2 to 5pm .
ROAD TRIP !
The studio will involve a trip to the east coast of Tasmania to undertake project site observation and analysis and visit a series of existing pull-over projects. This trip will likely occur around Week 3 or 4 and we will be away for up to 2 nights. Exact times etc will be confirmed shortly.
How does one deal with an architecturally significant building in the city? What does one do when the building is derelict shopfront?
This studio will explore the way we approach expired architectural remnants. It is about the city, people, how spaces adapt, and how we relate and react to social and physical environments. The studio views the city not a blank canvas, rather a collection of layer upon layer of things, with cultural narratives, changing social attitudes, and fluid demographics influencing the built environment. Through this lens, we will interrogates the value we put onto heritage and the relationship between architectural merit, programme, and the public realm. Specifically we are looking at Crossley’s building, aka the Job Warehouse on Bourke Street, recognised as being among the oldest surviving buildings in Melbourne. We will examine the force of the architectural relic, and question its relevancy in present-day social and urban contexts.
The studio asks the following questions:
What is the value of retaining urban fabric? When does it become limiting? Who determines architectural significance? .... does it even matter?
We will look at the cause-effect nature of architecture and human behavior.
We will investigate modes of occupation, the human experience and issues around preservation.
We will study architecture’s influence on the site and city, and its role as an operator in the urban realm.
REMNANTS is an exploration of dealing with heritage and urban shells. We will interrogate the role of concept, position, and approach in the design process. Classes will be structured around the translation of the written word into 2D expressions, further into 3D abstractions, and ultimately into architectural space and form. We are interested in the ‘in between’ stages of the design process where the concept begins to take a physical shape. We will be operating at the scale of both the civic and the tectonic, investigating the relationship and junctions between old and new.
The renewed programme will be a studio, office and retail space, drawing upon the history of the building and site. Schemes are expected to acknowledge the civic needs of the site and engage with the social and cultural context in which the project is placed. Students are to demonstrate an understanding of wider urban issues and demonstrate an understanding of the implications that design gestures has on users.
The culminating body of work include a series of incremental exercises which translate a concept into a tangible space,. These will continuously feed into the final architectural outcome. Writing will form a part of the design process, with reflective critical texts accompanying the process regularly.
The scale of the architectural project is medium.
with Yvonne Meng and Phil Burns
ST KILDA TRIANGLE
The students will be designing a museum for contemporary art in the seaside St Kilda Triangle site. The museum will include exhibition spaces, café/restaurant, shop, a public plaza with video art projection spaces. There will also be offices for arts and media administrators.
The concept behind this studio is to design a building which investigates the changing nature of architectural surface and space in the modern world, particularly as it has changed since the influence of conceptual art and the advent of the cinema, television and subsequent screen technologies (as personified in this brief with the inclusion of video art).
The project is an opportunity to explore new artistic techniques and methodologies for generating buildings, while aiming at a very clear output of a functional museum / public building.
ISSUES / LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will deal with the following issues and tasks:
The planning of museum gallery spaces, public spaces, artist studios and offices.
The investigation of new techniques for designing public buildings.
Experimenting with various design strategies in order to find and express new types of spatial relations between the individual, the video image and art techniques (in all its forms) in architectural surface and space.
The role of the image in the public building in the 21st century city.
The design of a public building and public spaces.
Students will study the evolution of art and architecture techniques and its relation to architecture.
Hal Foster – The Art Architecture Complex
Guy Debord – The Society of the Spectacle
Marshall McLuhan – The Hot and the Cool
Peter Eisenman – Ten Canonical Buildings 1950 - 2000
STUDIO BY TOBY REED + ANNA NERVEGNA
Design strategies to develop linear sites
In Melbourne, superficial rail tracks in medium to low-density suburbs often create fractures in the urban fabric. These fractures are generally defined by steep sloped retaining walls that support elevated rail tracks. The results of these urban accidents, which produce spatial disconnections and programmatic disarticulations, are unresolved spatial encounters that create residual spaces and desolated laneways.
In this studio students will have the opportunity to reflect up on these particular circumstances, exploring ideas to reactivate and consolidate such areas in order to create a series of interventions including a community center and a sequence of inspiring public spaces. To achieve this, students will work on a 400-meter stretch alongside the rail tracks between Balaclava Train Station and Grosvenor St. This stretch is conformed by a sequence of different spaces, ranging from narrow laneways to green pockets (small and large) including William St Reserve.
In this context, the studio asks: is it possible to create linear interventions that take advantage of the spatial circumstances that produce such unexpected events? The studio seeks to find specific design strategies to highlight this urban condition, in particular through the activation of desolated laneways and residual spaces and their connection with the surrounding areas.
Mondays 2.00 to 5.00
Thursdays 9.30 to 12.30
Studio leader: Isabel Lasala
highways - railways - water - powerlines
Cities are in constant change. However, there are certain elements in the city that are more rigid while others can be the easy subject of change. Linear elements, such as waterways, roads, rail lines + others which are not clearly visible and tangible, crisscross the urban fabric. They create odd (or potentially interesting) spatial situations at their points of interaction.
The focus of the studio will be on selected points of interaction/intersection of these linear elements. The studio looks at these points as non-static (are they?).
Using staging as the main design tool, how can we re-imagine these points through time?
How does this design process create a more harmonic relationship between adjacent urban fabric and the linear elements? And how does each stage change the envisioned outcome?
What are the intermediary functions/programs of these temporary, malleable urban forms that can evolve to something new by time?
This studio aims to create new architecture typology and programs that are not static but also responds to linear elements which are by themselves subject to change. The expect ed outcome will be a strategic staging plan and a site scale design intervention.
The studio is framed around Select linear corridors in Melbourne.
Semester 2 - Studio 6
Gingi Engloner + Dan Nyandega
Monday + Thursday (1:30 - 4:30)
The coalmines and coal infrastructures in the Latrobe valley are currently closing. They have been central to Latrobe’s economy, employment and urban development in the last decades.
In this studio we will envision a post-coal future: What potentials and new economical models can emerge from this departure? How would they make use the spatial conditions left behind by the coal industry? How would they express architecturally and spatially?
This studio will strongly work together with ‘Architecture and the City’, aiming at comprehensive mappings of Latrobe’s extreme and fascinating post-industrial sites, and their critical connection to Melbourne. They will form the base for our understanding, investigations and proposals.
We will then envision imaginative design solutions responding to a new economic situation using graphic and provocative imagery and illustrations. While precedents of post-industrial revitalization in Europe and America will trigger our concept explorations; representation methods by Analogues, the Bartlett, AA, and Animes will inspire our visual explorations.
The whole semester, we will focus on developing a pair of visionary visualizations and sections, to progressively achieve a high level of representational refinement. Students will be working in teams of 2-3.
S2 2017 - Mo + Thu 10:00-13:00
Bachelor studio ARC 3002
SAM - Shepparton Art Museum - Lake Victoria, Shepparton.
“SAM will be a museum with the artist at its centre, a meeting place for the region’s people, providing captivating art experiences and connection to Aboriginality and multicultural origins of the region’s heritage.” - SAM Business Case
This studio calls for the design of a new gallery in the regional city of Shepparton (Shepparton Art Museum) displaying both the new and the existing SAM collection while celebrating the art/artist in each new proposal. Successful project outcomes will engage with both the immediate lakeside landscape and the greater Shepparton context while also bringing new visitors to the region. Existing context and rural regeneration will be key research topics explored within the studio. A series of design processes will be considered throughout the semester.
Using generative processes and techniques, students will undertake a series of weekly tasks exploring these methods as a design driver for each brief. Students will initially follow set processes (the recipe), often while selecting their own input (the ingredients). Ingredients will include site specific or cultural references, artistic practices or techniques, existing architectural styles or ornamentation methods. Outcomes will constantly be evaluated (conditions, arrangements and effects) and feedback loops will be used in subsequent iterations. Students will be required to critically analyse and discuss both their process of design and the final design outcome.
Designs will be reviewed against demonstration and authorship of the process, inputs and selected steps and overall performance of the final outcome. Students will develop a position on aesthetics as they progress through the semester. Students will be required to have a clear ambition at the outset of each task and both, individually and as groups, critically review the design outcome. Why is the process/end result used or presented worthwhile or have architectural merit?
Architectural representation and exploration
Students will investigate precedent architecture, researching, reviewing, redrawing and remodeling to understand the spatial and physical elements of architecture. Students will also visit prominent Melbourne galleries throughout the semester. Physical models will be required as students will transfer between digital and physical representations of process led investigations.
Semester Breakdown and Brief
Students will spend the first third of the semester engaged in specific research including a field trip to Shepparton, the existing SAM Gallery and local city based galleries. This information will be presented in the form of catalogued plans, diagrams, photographs and models. Students will also undertake three esquisses in the first half of semester;
1. Bird Hide – Lake Victoria (2 weeks)
2. Cafe and Amenities Block – Lake Victoria (2 weeks)
3. SAM Competition Brief, Gallery Design – (3 weeks)
The final brief for the studio will call for the design of a new art gallery, gallery café, and amenities block adjacent Victoria Lake in central Shepparton. The brief will be drawn from the Competition Brief for the SAM - Shepparton Art Museum as released in July 2016. Students will be encouraged to question the brief and explore other opportunities for additional program throughout the semester.
Monday 6 - 9pm
Thursday 3 - 6pm
Hannes McNamara, MUSK Architecture Studio
1. Two full day site visits will be held throughout the semester.
2. Two full day workshops will be held throughout the semester.
3. A small number of classes will also be held in our studio in the Docklands
SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM, SEMESTER 02, 2017 - HANNES McNAMARA
(providing Flexible Networked Porosity for your future)
This studio challenges the dominant mechanical urban growth models of functional zoning and private development.
These instruments are useless against the self-organizing logic of the city resulting from self-interested individual behaviour.
Individuals that all essentially dress and behave the same.
Instead, we flip the usual Solid-Void relationship on its head. Porous spaces contain all of the vital public functions, activities and are vital agents in the city.
We extend our understanding of Porous spaces beyond to an equal territory for investigation for their activities and their flexible, indeterminate capacities.
We redefine cities as not objects, but as field relations.
We redefine action on the city as a game. You are the players. You also make the rules.
We study self-organizing nature of developers, and attempt to hijack this potential, combining Utopian thinking with Porous spaces.
Individuals will work individually, and score maximum points through self-interest that has positive self and group outcomes.
Students will extend the legacy of dynamic utopian models:
– Landscape Urbanist strategies help us extrapolate potential intersections from various urban systems such as waste and logistics.
– Metabolism helps us go vertically using strategies such as Group Form, Megastructures, Joint Cores, Capsules and Artificial Ground extending Fields and Porosity to 3d Matrix in the sky.
– Mat Building helps us reconceptualize Porosity as an active agent in traditional figure-ground relations resulting from subdivision and accretion as dynamic components.
We test these methods and tools for new visions of Fishermans Bend, currently the Melbournes most important yet understudied site.
MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS 2-5
no coding experience necessary
with Peter Charles
SITE: FEDERATION EAST - Bordered by Flinders Street, Russell Court and Princes Walk, off the Yarra
BRIEF: The students will design a mixed use shopping development which also includes office space (and possibly apartment). The students will design the overall urban scheme and then work up one of their buildings in detail. The QV development in Melbourne’s CBD is a similar model in respects to brief. The brief will include investigations into zero carbon energy loop options for powering the project.
CONCEPT: The concept behind this studio is to design a mini section of the city which is both a building (or buildings) and public space with plazas and laneways. Koolhaas has analysed shopping as a predominant social activity in the contemporary world in the Harvard Guide to Shopping, and so we will be looking at this analysis and analysing ways to combat the constant commodification in the city as described in Debord’s Society of the Spectacle.
ISSUES / LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will deal with the following issues and tasks:
The planning of a city block, public spaces, shops and offices.
The morphology of the city edge – designing between the CBD grid, the Yarra and Federation Square.
The organisation and design of social activity.
The aesthetics and critique of shopping as a social activity.
The role of the image in the public building in the 21st century city.
The design of a public building and public spaces.
Study the evolution of design techniques and their relation to architecture.
Rem Koolhaas - The Harvard Guide to Shopping
Guy Debord – The Society of the Spectacle
Marshall McLuhan – The Hot and the Cool
Hal Foster – The Art Architecture Complex
Toby Reed and Anna Nervegna are directors of Nervegna Reed Architecture. Toby Reed and Anna Nervegna’s projects include the White House Prahran, the Arrow Studio, the PEP Dandenong (Precinct Energy Project) and large scale urban designs in China. The PEP Dandenong lead the way in Australian architecture for green power solutions on an urban scale, being the first precinct in Australia to be powered by co-generation. NRA also makes architectural videos such as “Dr Caligari Moves to the Suburbs - the Architecture of Edmond and Corrigan” and ‘Future Happiness’ (with MAP).
NERVEGNA REED ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
BY TOBY REED + ANNA NERVEGNA
MONDAYS 1 - 4 / THURSDAYS 4 - 7
The Covert Revitalisation of Informal Settlements in Fiji + Indonesia
Monash University, supported by the Wellcome Trust (UK), has embarked on a five year project to revise informal settlements and their environments in 24 settlements across Indonesia and Fiji.
This studio will help kickstart the projects by exploring how the design of new water management and sanitation infrastructure can be covertly leveraged to provide new spaces for cultural, social and economic activity. Please note: this is not a travelling studio.
For more information, please visit drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9IicJXuKz_uSHAtLXNRVXJCUEk
ARC3002 | MON 1.00 - 4.00 and THURS 3.30 - 6.30 | DR ALYSIA BENNETT + THE RISE TEAM