Studio leader: Georgia Nowak

This studio is focussed on the empty, disused, abandoned, borderless, contentious and hidden places of our cities. Amplifying this is the setting of a post-covid urban landscape.

The focus of this studio is on the activation of site, from the temporary to the permanent and the ephemeral to the formal. We look into what forms of interventions are possible in various conditions and critique existing typologies. Students are encouraged to think outside of traditional architectural modes for their projects.

The studio starts by proposing micro activations with the whole of Melbourne CBD as a testing field. Four sites are then identified for further exploration, including an under-utilised carpark, a demotion site, a vacant commercial building and a network of unoccupied shop front tenancies. Each site has its own conditions and constraints that need to be investigated. Through defining their own briefs around social and environmental concerns, students have developed tangible ways to re-activate the city in meaningful ways.

The studio respectful acknowledges the Traditional Owners on whose unceded land we live and work.

Thank you to all guest speakers who shared their knowledge and experience with the studio. Steve Mintern from OFFICE, Myf Doughty from NGV, Oliver Moir from Testing Grounds, Timothy Moore from Monash and Sibling Architecture, Michael Trudgeon from RMIT and the Turning Circle Collective, and Enzo Lara-Hamilton


Photo: Harry Pfluger
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