Superposition of waves occurs when two waves travelling through the same medium at the same time pass through each other. The displacement that occurs is the sum of the individual wave displacements. This studio will be structured to operate initially as two such waves, each directed by one of the studio leaders.
SUBURBAN PUBLIC - increasingly public buildings are required to the consider a multiplicity of programs and the desires of diverse publics - a superposition of radically different needs and users. This studio will explore the role of public buildings in Melbourne’s suburbs and will be looking to exploit the architectural and urban potential that sits latent within this difference.
MATERIAL STRATEGIES - parallel to this the studio will explore how materials and material processes can be a generative tool in architectural design, as well as how the selection of materials can support, progress or subvert architectural intent. Through an iterative process of experimentation, analysis and reflection, students will be expected to develop their own strategies for reconciling material and tectonics explorations with broader architectural intentions.
Student projects will explore the amplified results that emerge from the superposition of divergent pressures and strategies in developing new public architecture for Australian suburbs.
STUART HARRISON Stuart Harrison is a practicing architect, communicator and architectural advocate. He is director of the award-winning firm Harrison and WhiteArchitects (HAW), based in Brunswick, Melbourne. He has taught architecture widely,including running the Australian Architecture course at RMIT. He founded and co-hosts ‘The Architects’ on Melbourne 3RRR where he has interviewed architects and designers from around the world and has also appeared on ABC-TV’s Art Nation. Stuart has published two books on Australian architecture with Thames and Hudson; has written for Architecture Australia, Monument and Lonely Planet; and is a regular correspondent for Australian Design Review / Architectural Review Australia.
ANNA TWEEDDALE Anna Tweeddale is an architect,urbanist and writer operating an independent studio between Melbourne and Europe. She has a Master of Architecture and Urban Culture from the Metropolis Postgraduate Program (Universitat Politècnicade Catalunya and CCCB -Barcelona) and is actively involved in research and writing on architecture, cities and urban culture. She has taught in architecture at Monash and RMIT and has been an invited critic at architecture schools in Australia, Canada, Germany and Spain. Anna recently returned from Spain, where she collaborated with Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz on the Europan 11 Competition, receiving an award of Highly Commended by the international jury.
Collage foregrounds the activity associated with a suburban public pool, demonstrating the material condition in the back ground. The interplay between timber and concrete with the addition of water suggests use and leaves traces of activity.
Edwina Brisbane, Site plan and urban diagrams
Siting strategy is based on the consolidation of urban research that uncovered trends in the building stock as being developer driven with consequent dispersal of public program. The Suburb of Sunshine west has a resultant condition of separation and dislocation.
Edwina Brisbane, Arial image
Proposed building in site, responses to adjacent program, aiming to connect to activity in the immediate proximity. In this way, the small community building exists in the round, opening with presence on all four elevations.
Plans and section demonstrate the mixing and connecting of adjacent program explored through the scale of the building as well as at an urban scale. The central courtyard aims to provide a visual link between the internal programmatic arrangement. The details explore the connection and interplay between timer and concrete.
Edwina Brisbane, Model image
Image depicts the material condition of the front façade on approach.
Edwina Brisbane, Secondary urban collage
Image depicts connection of the proposed condition to an adjacent recreational park. Exploring the central courtyard as a connective element to surrounding activity.