Specialisation


Third + Fourth Year
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3 IN 1 

Tutor: Jackson Hexin Bi + Sandra Githinji

SUMMARY

3IN1 is a residential project that explores the possibilities of modern urban habitation through the design of a co-living dwelling that provides its inhabitants with personalized spaces, interacts with adjacent contexts and responds to site conditions.

You will be given a specific site in Melbourne CBD to design a co-living dwelling within a volume of 1,200m3. You will begin with a site investigation using 2D and 3D spatial mapping techniques. You will be given three clients out of a selection of five. 

The course will move through two key briefs based on the different project phases. The first phase will focus on site and client research. You will explore an architectural and spatial language that responses to both site and client selection. The design aims to engender innovative ideas surrounding private habitation, communal space and premium living quality within the urban fabric of the city. The outcome can be achieved through urban reflection, landscape design, geometry of architectural envelope, materiality, interior layout, etc.

In the second phase, you will focus on interior responses for each client based on interior and architectural building regulations. By refining the schematic phase (brief 01), you will develop understandings of the urban context to create unique human scale living experiences. Each student will deliver a high-quality residential proposal by the end of the semester that embodies a considered response to the residents’ and their daily life. The course will show you how to develop a residential project from feasibility to finishes and detailing.

3IN1 develops knowledge of architectural design research; analysis of technical and theoretical options; integration of design strategies into an effective whole; communication in a professional context; critical self-reflection and experimentation; and how the engagement of ideas in architectural design works as a process through exploration of, or reflection on, a specific architectural concept.

 

REPRESENTING SPACE

Tutor: Din Heagney

SUMMARY

Representing Space focuses on design publishing and involves exploring, documenting and expressing spatial narratives that are embedded in Melbourne’s cultural sites. Students will be introduced to publishing standards and techniques for creating an original design publication to ‘tell the spatial story’ of a cultural site.

Working in small teams, students will research and document a local cultural site over multiple visits (outside class contact hours). These site visits will involve exploring aspects of the site’s design and historical accounts, its aesthetic and poetic qualities, its functional and material features, and any temporal changes (such as how different people have used the site for different purposes over time).

Students will learn about different types of design publishing through case studies—from the conventional to the experimental—that will assist them in selecting a desirable format for their own publications. Students will also be introduced to various techniques to assist them in constructing and creatively communicating a design narrative using text, images, sound, video, etc.

Students will begin by performing research, site analysis and documentation of a select cultural site. Using this as support material, students will then respond to a creative brief and formulate a production plan for a design publication. Students are encouraged to experiment creatively with different styles of design writing, and types of documentation and representation. Working as a creative production team, students will develop a unique voice and visual style and apply this to an original print and/or digital publication for exhibition at the end of semester.

Potential cultural sites include: Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Trades Hall, State Library of Victoria, Koorie Heritage Trust, Immigration Museum, Nicholas Building, Forum Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Heide Museum, etc. A site of your choice may be selected in consultation with your tutor.

 

IN

Tutor: Suzie Attiwill

SUMMARY

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) defines interior designers and interior architects as professionals who “determine the relationship of people to spaces based on psychological and physical parameters, to improve the quality of life”. According to the IFI, this is the specialised practice of interior designers/interior architects and what distinguishes them from architects, industrial designers, graphic designers, artists and other practitioners. We will concentrate on teasing out the implications and potentials of this definition in the designing of interiors, with a particular focus on relations, experience, and interior and exterior/inside and outside.

IN is set-up as an in-class laboratory for experimentation and speculation. Inhabiting the persona of an interiorizt, you will be encouraged to bring your specific skills and interests into the laboratory. There will be a lot of discussion, testing of techniques, philosophising, visiting situations, presenting ideas and projects; working with models, films, drawings, collage, writing, photographs, diagrams, paintings.  In week 12, we will hold an event to present these experiments to others (A proposal has been submitted to be part of the 2017 MPavilion’s public program which will take place in the pavilion designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA. As the pavilion “blurs the lines between inside and outside” and is a “cultural laboratory”/ “amphitheatre”, it is addressing similar concerns of IN and hence an interesting place for an interiorizt event! To be confirmed).

 

I CAN"T BELIEVE IT'S [NOT] LAMINEX!

Tutor: James Carey

SUMMARY

I can’t believe it’s not Laminex! is an industry aligned Specialisation that seeks to challenge the materiality of everyday, off-the-shelf products. Laminex is a key part of the Australian design landscape, and has been the leader in decorative surfaces in Australia for over 80 years. In collaboration with Laminex during the first half of semester, students will be asked to respond to specific Laminex products, and through design proposals, explore their material potentials. This will culminate with students’ designs being presented to Laminex for mid semester assessment. 

During the second half of semester, students will continue an exploratory-led process that will culminate in design proposals for the INDEX bar, INDEX DJ booth and INDEX exhibition using Laminex products. Student’s designs will be presented at the end of semester to the team at Laminex, with the potential that a combination of designs will be used for the build at INDEX 2017.

Students involved in this Specialisation will be required to help with the design, manufacture and build of INDEX 2017.

 

HOMING: SERVICES, INTERVENTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS TOWARDS HOUSING

Tutor: Caroline Vains + Mick Douglas

SUMMARY

This intensive design course considers ‘homing’ as a practice of enabling access to housing options for living, and as a practice of creative investigation imagining and testing desirable paths for action.  Undertaken as a live immersive experience, the course will explore how creative de-sign practice and research may contribute to the emerging  partnership between not-for-profit social housing organisation Unison and RMIT University. Students who are developing capabilities in service design, spatial design, and campaign intervention design will envision scenarios for RMIT University to engage with homelessness and enable pathways toward social housing, affordable housing, and the experiencing and sustaining of homes. The course is conducted in parallel with a Master of Architecture student design studio course led by tutor Dr Peter Brew.

 

DEVISE:DEVICE

Tutor: Leanne Failla + Jaime Vella

SUMMARY

devise:device explores the term site and how the recognition of such sites can be used as a tool of process and experimental led outcomes. The physical site of Hip V Hype in Carlton North will be the instigator for analysis as well as the basis for the final assessment task.

Through the use of the key terms of site (activator), device (analysis) and curate (outcome), a body of work will be developed in the first half of the semester which will then inform a type of action/event/installation to be developed by the group. The initial body of work will ask you to think critically about actions and outcomes as well as engage with others work as a way of developing collaborative interactions. As a design method, the process of collaboration factors strongly in ours and that of Hip V Hype and we would ask you to embrace this in order to gain the most from the discussions and tasks.

We think about our design practice as makers and thinkers, questioning and experimenting to create fulfilling outcomes. Such methods will drive the output of work, as we ask you to be makers and create as a form of solidification and expression of thought, gesture, action, hierarchy, etc. in relation to discussions about site. By developing these layers, the final project becomes a highly dimensional statement about how the term site has been explored over the semester as well as how these discussions relate back to the site of Hip V Hype and that sites unique modes activation.

 

WAITING SPACE

Tutor: Liz Lambrou

SUMMARY

This course draws upon the tutor’s professional experience with clinical environments and cosmetics to consider how contemporary health service experiences occur. We will investigate ways in which people occupy and navigate spaces within public health service environments. In collaboration with Dental Health Services Victoria, we will be looking specifically at the Royal Dental Hospital located in Swanston St Melbourne.

With an emphasis on concepts of waiting and waiting spaces, the course will focus on the sequence of spatial experiences from the perspective of both patient and health worker. We will investigate concepts of waiting, way finding, spatial experience and spatial sequence in relation to physical environments, contemporary media and digital services, to facilitate varying levels of interaction between staff, professional staff and patient experience.

The specialisation will explore techniques of diagramming, way finding, concepts of digital media, story boarding, spatial configurations and 1: 1 engagements.

Waiting Space investigates contemporary public health service environments. The course will explore contemporary solutions to waiting spaces within the health sector whilst considering how contemporary changes to technology and media may imbue spatial experience. This course is in partnership with the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, which gives students direct engagement with a practical experience.

 

SHIFTING DIMENSIONS

Tutor: Zoe Teltscher-Taylor

SUMMARY

The computer based environment of the commercial office has shifted opportunities for creativity to a digital platform. This is a specialisation that explores the opportunity that 3D Revit modelling brings to space making.

Techniques of Architectural modelling, component modelling as well as basic parametric and formulaic applications will be explored. Students will be asked to push the boundaries of the technical framework to create a space that has the ability to adapt to a range of spatial programs.

The first 6 weeks will be structured to include a series of tutorials and in-class tasks to build a set of skills around component modelling and basic Revit modelling. Outside of class time, students will be asked to develop a concept and program for a site chosen from a list provided by the tutor. The program for the site is to include some sort of transition where elements within the site will shift from one state to another.

The second 6 weeks will be focused on the application of the developed brief into the Revit framework. Students will be asked to maintain the level of design thinking while working through the possibilities and constraints of Revit and the development of design documentation. The semester will culminate in the presentation of the design documentation and the adaptability of the Revit model to demonstrate the shift in the site’s program.

 

EXTRUDED CINEMA 

Tutor: Sean Healey

SUMMARY

Extruded Cinema will explore the use of projection mapped video to transform built structures and interior spaces. 

This exploration will be framed around analysis of a cinematic scene, and playfully translating this into a three dimensional structure, investigating how atmosphere and spatial dynamics can be modified over time through the projection mapping of custom-made animations, video and motion graphics.

Cinematically documenting the installation will be emphasised, for later onscreen viewing.

The project: Develop a projection mapped video installation, based on a cinematic segment, translating the dynamics of that scene, into a physical and spatial context. This will involve:
Analysing a 1 minute slice of cinema
Developing a projection mapped video installation response:
build a structure
generate video material suited to the structure
choreograph 1 minute of video projection onto structure
Executing a creative and cinematic documentation of the installation

What are the techniques, approaches, strategies for spatial production?
Film analysis
Technology analysis (software and hardware)
Budget analysis
Development of control system and interface
Storyboarding of light colour and movement over time
Development of motion graphics
Exploration of projection mapping techniques for multi-planar animation
Animation and subsequent onsite testing, refining
Documentation of spaces using cinematic conventions

 

URBAN ANIMATORS: LIVING LABRATORY

Tutor: Grace Leone

In this course you engage with the RMIT City Campus as a ‘Living Laboratory’ during its transformation as part of the New Academic Street (NAS) capital works project. You will engage in a practice-based work integrated learning project, working individually and in groups to respond to an industry standard brief for a temporary artistic public intervention.

You will receive and apply industry feedback in order to submit a concept to the NAS Project Team with a potential opportunity to be selected to have your final concept physically realised on the RMIT City Campus during the NAS construction phase. This elective will offer you an opportunity to work collaboratively with students from various disciplines including the RMIT Master of Art in Public Space program in responding to the brief.

 Image by Ramiro Quezada

Image by Ramiro Quezada