Studio leaders: Kieran Ward, Emma Lubbers

This studio is an exploration of how we can transition to decarbonised communities.

Building and construction produces 39% carbon emissions globally. The World Green Building Council’s vision for buildings and infrastructure worldwide is to reach 40% less embodied carbon emissions by 2030, and achieve 100% net-zero emissions by 2050. To do this there must be a major shift in how and what we build. We need to adapt our existing buildings, rethink our systems, create closed loops and move from users to producers.

Using the Monash Clayton Campus as a testing ground, this studio explores how we can rethink adaptive reuse opportunities and retrofit existing spaces and systems to better suit the needs of the future. We ask the question - How can the campus become a demonstration site for self-sufficiency and resilience for all of Melbourne, producing more than it needs and feeding the wider precinct?

Through a mapping of the campus systems in an atlas, students investigated the interactions and interdependencies between people, building design and performance, and the urban systems of the campus precinct. Working across existing key campus buildings - a residential hall, a faculty building, and a sports centre, students have speculated on the evolving future of each typology. With a focus on Net Zero Strategies - each retrofit / addition interrogates gaps in the circularity of existing processes, identifies opportunities for connection within the system, and proposes an architecture that goes beyond Zero.


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