Travel Studios

Second + Third Year
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 Marc van Vliet Floating Observatory Friesland

Marc van Vliet Floating Observatory Friesland

 
 Neues Museum, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

Neues Museum, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

 

URBAN ECO ACUPUNCTURE

Tutor: Dr. Michael Trudgeon  

SUMMARY

Students will take part in an international studio in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, in collaboration with students and academics from the Technical University of Delft and the Alto Design Factory in Leeuwarden.

This studio will address the strategic objectives laid out by the City of Leeuwarden for the development of a resilient and socially innovative city. We will focus on 3-4 urban sites. The sites have been selected by the city as key sites for experimenting with ideas about new urban infrastructure and new spatial typologies and systems to support the city and its population in the face of economic and climatic change.

Semester 2, 2017

 
 

BERLIN TRAVEL STUDIO 

Tutor: Caroline Vains

SUMMERARY

The last thirty years have seen an unparalleled rise of new public art and culture museums in both Germany and Australia. Next to their important role in conserving and presenting culture, they are also social centres for education, citizenship and the discussion of social and cultural values. But who and what defines the content, shape and impact of our public museums and to what purpose? What role do museums play in public space and how do they transform, create, and enhance their urban context? While new museums can infuse even the most neglected areas with new social, cultural and economic possibilities, they also tend to squeeze out those artists and cultural producers that had lived and worked their prior. Accessibility to culture and cultural resources must be provided and guaranteed to the public. At the same time, however, there is a risk that an open, entertainment-driven museum becomes nothing more than a profitable cultural shopping mall. What are the appropriate tools to generate access? What is the museums role here in risk-taking to challenge norms? How can museums be better designed to dissolve the barrier between internal and external both physically and on a content-level? What is the role of digital technology in such design?
In this travel studio we will address these questions in both Berlin and Melbourne. We will compare the approaches of each city, discover opportunities for cross pollination, and propose design interventions for improving accessibility to their existing museums. We will also explore the spatial strategies employed by alternative, underground and street artists in both cities and investigate how these may be applied to design new models for future museums.

Semester 2, 2017

 

ECO ACUPUNCTURE

Tutor: Michael Trudgeon & Chris Ryan

SUMMARY

The project took in the disciplinary expertise of architectural, landscape and urban planning strategies along with wayfinding and service design. Students developed design interventions to transform the existing built environment and systems of provision (energy, water, food, transport, information) for a sustainable, low carbon, resilient future.

Building on the master planning achieved by the 2015 VEIL the studio developed detailed designs for the identified sites to shift the path of innovation on a new trajectory: towards sustainable, resilient conditions. 

Students took part in an international studio in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in collaboration with students and academics from the Technical University of Delft and Aalborg University. The studio will developed design projects for the European Cultural Capital program for 2018, a year long program of intense artistic and cultural activity in Leeuwarden. 

Semester 2, 2016

 

 

BERLIN: LITTLE UTOPIAS IN BIG SPACES

Tutor: Caroline Vains

SUMMARY

This studio/specialisation addressed the Kulturforum, both in terms of its challenges and its opportunities.

It investigated how the Kulturforum’s urban spaces, buildings and monuments impose behaviours and narratives, exercise power, impinge on our autonomy, exclude and otherwise alienate us. It then explored opportunities for embedding these spaces with temporary places that are human scaled and/or human centred. In this way, we pursued a hopeful vision where bottom up and top down design meet and co-produce little utopias in big spaces.

Semester 2, 2015