Since the Black Saturday bushfires, the provision of refuge buildings for vulnerable communities has been a contentious issue.
In this studio we will be designing a building that functions as a community centre throughout most of the year, but as a community refuge during the bushfire season. This is a chance to explore an emerging hybrid building typology, and to rethink the way that public buildings can serve our vulnerable regional towns. Successful designs will negotiate the divide between architectural aspirations, community hopes and the evolving science of bushfire resistance. Design of the surrounding landscape and physical context will be integral to the success of the building design.
Students will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire-resistant design, and encouraged to use digital software to optimise the technical performance of their buildings.
Julie Firkin runs a solo architectural practice and has 15 years experience working as an architect in Melbourne, New York, London, Basel, and Boston. Julie has a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University, Cambridge MA, and has previously worked for several high‐profile architectural firms, including Herzog & deMeuron.