2017 Semester 2



Tutors: Liz Lambrou + Shelley Lasica


The studio seeks to investigate and produce interior spatial outcomes in response to ‘the design plot' a dance performance project by Shelley Lasica. The work combines choreography that explores the various ways in which spaces are occupied, aims to understand systems of sensory awareness, explores the idea of construction as scenography, and delves into the problematic nature of decision making.
The performance unfolds as an event that combines research, performance, and play, using both choreographic and physical practice, aiming to explore the themes of: 
How are we ‘together' in relation to each other in the spaces that we inhabit? 
How do we understand these shifting circumstances physically? 
How do we understand where we are sensorily and metaphorically? 
How these types of perception function for the performers and audience in their understanding and enjoyment of choreography?
We will investigate concepts of narrative space, occupation wayfinding, systems of sensory awareness, perception, boundaries, and frame in relation to real and imagined spatial scenarios.




Tutor: Nicholas Rebstadt


In a world where the flows of information form and shape our spatial experiences as much as the physical or material conditions of that space, what impact does this have on the composition of interiors? What is it, to think and work with information space as a design medium, and what are the implications on the subjectivity of the individual and the practice of the designer in designing these spaces?
Soft Space | Hard Space: contemporary spatial thresholds is seeded in the arena of ‘disruption’ sitting at the intersection of the informational and the ‘concrete’. It seeks to question and explore new spaces of intersection (or contention?) between information flow and concrete space are crafted, who is doing the crafting and how individuals experience them. Perhaps most importantly, how can we design with them?



Tutor: Leah Heiss


This studio focuses on human-centred design - across spaces, artefacts, technologies and experience. The studio draws from contemporary human-centred practices – including design ethnography, co-design and participatory design. Human Centred will help students to understand more deeply the person at the end of their design process: the patient in the hospital; the child in the classroom; the museum-goer in the exhibition, the teenager in the library. Projects will build in scale from smaller scale value fictions (speculative designs) through to larger scale spatial environments. The final project will equip you to develop and drive your own human-centred design project, which engages with a unique community in one of two sites – a cultural environment or a healthcare space. The design interventions may be cultural, political, creative, informational or health oriented and will be employ design thinking approaches to design, build and test human-centred spaces that resonate with their audiences.



Tutor: Phoebe Whitman


The studio will consider ways to celebrate historical value in relationship to restoration, reuse and adaptation. The studio will propose ways to consider restoring and adapting the existing art deco building and its interior at 310 St Kilda Road. With particular attention to existing conditions, surfaces, materials and atmospheric qualities in site, these will form the basis of the research in order to transform and adapt the interior so that it engages with and accommodates a multiplicity of readings and platforms for exhibition, civic dialogue, community connectivity and programmatic flexibility. 

Students will develop experimental and explorative tactics and modes of working in response to the site. Practices related to sympathy, lightness, temporality and sensitivity will be developed through techniques and approaches in responsiveness, restoration, adaption, as a means to reactivate and renew the site for future occupation. 



Tutor: Andrew Miller


The focus of this studio will be to design a speculative pavilion for the NGV Temporal pavilion competition from an interior design perspective.
The seemingly ubiquitous  pavilion is commonly expressed from an architectural frame of reference, where precedence is often given to form finding, complex geometry and the exploration of new fabrication techniques over how they perform as interior spaces. This studio questions this premise and gives priority to designing a temporal space (the pavilion) from an interior design orientation while still working with new and emerging design technologies.
Students will engage with the conceptual framework that built form (interior and exterior) is a semi-living thing - an affective ecology of ‘things’; an assemblage of materials, atmospherics, memories, objects, bodies (inanimate and animate). 
To enable this design process, students will be researching the NGV site as an archaeological ‘dig’ of specific site conditions and research into the practices of artists, photographers and designers from the gallery collection.  This initial research will foreground ways of engaging with the competition brief that explores concepts of spatial activation and audience engagement; cultural resonance. materials and systems; sustainability; manufacturing and fabrication and technology. 
The final proposal will be a professional competition entry where students will be required to produce digital 3d models, scale drawings, operational diagrams and a highly developed graphic style that clearly articulates the concepts of a temporal space (pavilion) designed through interior concepts. The final proposal may take the form of a ‘serious’ competition entry, a futuristic speculation, a political/cultural/environmental critique, a celebration of ‘otherness’ or a combination of any of the above!



Tutor: Tina Atic


The studio will explore the reconstruction of the body of space through collage, to be rigorously explored through weekly investigations dissecting all the parts of the dwelling/home (living room/ bedroom/ kitchen/ bathroom/ toilet/…) in order to define another process of creating/recreating space that expands on the dialogue between the beholder/ inhabitant of the home. 
The process of collaging through various instructors/ precedents/ references intends to generate and refine techniques of constructing interiors that relate to new ideas about belonging and intimacy exploring new ways of drawing existing (visible/ obvious/ dominant/ physical/…) and imaginary (hidden/ forgotten/ insignificant/ intimate/ perceived/ experienced/…) places for living.
The home is to be redesigned and reconstructed within the parameters of a space/ surface of significance (bedroom/ toilet/ closet/ cupboard/ wall/ floor/ ceiling/ tile/…) to re-evaluate the experience of places for living through experimentation with visual representation and manipulation of scale.
Does the home need all the parts that it is composed of? Can it be stripped down to its essential parts? Can everything else be experienced in an image or do the essential parts need to be reconsidered/ rearranged/ redesigned/…? Do walls have to be shifted, added, cut out, distorted,…? Can the image/ drawing/ model generated through the process of collaging inform the way in which an interior could be reconstructed? After all, one space/ interior consists of a universe of spaces/ interiors.



Tutor: Ying Lan-Dann + Pia Socias


Re-collect studio will examine spaces of re-collection and the processes of building/designing from memory, memorialising quotidian space and objects, collecting, representing, archiving and displaying material. How do we measure value? What and Who deserve to be memorialised?
The studio will centre around the Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin designed Incinerator Complex in Moonee Ponds. The decommissioned Mahony - Griffin incinerator represents an intriguing paradox; once it was a space of object disposal and today, a space of object reverie. How might you develop a memorial to Mahony - the largely forgotten female partner, within the Burley Griffin legacy. How might you engage with notions of value and permanence?
The studio will commence with looking at and understanding the two key drivers of the project: re-collection and the process of memorialising: What and who are memorialised? What and who make it into the history books? Students will engage with two distinct lines of enquiry throughout weeks 1 - 6. 




Studio Leaders: Dr Charles Anderson & DR Michaela Prescott (RMIT) 
Studio Consultants: Michael Trudgeon (VEIL UoM), Dylan Brady (db-Arch), Rob Gell
Research Partners: Lendlease / Victoria Harbour    


Phase Change2.0 explores the future of Victoria Harbour, as well as the City of Melbourne more broadly, in relation to the changing nature of the environment and our changing understanding of it. Engaging directly with global warming and its impacts at a local and regional scale, and working across a range of design disciplines and related practices, 

Phase Change 2.0 seeks to envision scenarios for sustainable and resilient futures. Phase Change 2.0 takes the form of a working design laboratory installed in a double shop front at Victoria Harbour in the Docklands, Melbourne. Evolving throughout the course of the semester, the Phase Change 2.0 studio will provide a place for discussion, debate, speculation and lively interaction between the public, students and a range of academics, practitioners, professionals and local stakeholders. In doing so, Phase Change 2.0 aims to foster a dynamic, participatory knowledge exchange generating a range of design provocations regarding the design of our cities. 



Tutor: Pip McCully


This studio will explore an innate relationship between material selection, detail, object, site and encounter using the context of retail design as an experiential case study.  
Questioning and exploring techniques of retail display, occupant ergonomics, site engagement and the conclusion of a transaction, the studio aims to give students a conceptual insight into an everyday process of commercial interior design practice.
How does interpretation of atmosphere result in tangible experiences, and specificity of site aide our perception of and engagement with objects?  How do these concepts cumulatively relate to retail design?



Tutor: Alice Parker


Eating Event #kiosk celebrates people’s growing enthusiasm for the social, the edible and the event. The proposed idea will address the habit and ritual of how we engage with food and reconsider the ritual of food in both a spatial and relational context. The aim is to explore how the ritual of food might be exploited/challenged to create social interactions with food. The theme of the studio suggests ‘childlike play’ with a classic, whimsical edge as a counterpoint.
How can we re-design food rituals in the form of events/kiosks that fascinate the user and prompt participation and conviviality?
Focusing on participation, conversation and the social space – the various phases of the project will explore ways to manifest a re appreciation of traditional food rituals. This idea seeks ways to illustrate the picturesque, observe and map food systems and design food experiences that challenge and inspire new food rituals.