Travel Studios
Semester 2, 2017

Second + Third Year
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Marc van Vliet Floating Observatory Friesland

Marc van Vliet Floating Observatory Friesland

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.

 
Neues Museum, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

Neues Museum, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

BERLIN TRAVEL STUDIO 

Tutor: Caroline Vains
Schedule: Tuesdays 9:00-12:00 + 12:30-15:30
Location: Morning session 100.06.005 + Afternoon session 100.04.007

SUMMARY

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.
The first six weeks of the studio will be in Melbourne, followed by a two week intensive in
Berlin at the studio of The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory ANCB. There will also be a 1-2 day
field trip to Leipzig during this time. The work produced during the intensive and the weeks
prior will be exhibited at an international symposium scheduled to be held at the ANCB on
15 -16 September. Working title for the symposium is currently ‘Museum as Activator:
Strategies for Public Space and Access’. It is a partnership between the ANCB and the
Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is part of the
larger ‘Australia Now 2017’ cultural initiative. Australia Now is the annual international
presentation of Australian Culture organised by DFAT. Every year it is held in a different
country, and this year it is Germany.

Key Dates

Initial expressions of interest due: 7 March 2017
6 pre-trip teaching weeks: Tuesdays, 18, 25 July, 01, 08, 15, 22 August 2017
Berlin Travel dates: 01–17 September 2017
Exhibition of student work in Berlin at joint Australia-German symposium (‘Museums in the
21st century’), at ANCB The AEDES Metropolitan Laboratory
4 post-trip teaching weeks: Tuesdays 19, 26 September, 03, 10 October
Mid presentation: Tuesday 22 August
Final presentation: Tuesday 24 October
Register your interest with Caroline Vains to: caroline.vains@rmit.edu.au
Information presentation: mid March 2017