Recent research on Melbourne highlights the disjuncture between the order envisaged by Strategic Plans and the city that actually arises – the city does not turn out the way we expect it to. Despite this failure of Planning to organise the city, the city has its own order and produces its own patterns: building typologies, materials, components and urban forms recur in response to specific social, economic & physical conditions, creating a recognisable character for specific suburbs & for Melbourne as a whole – a type of vernacular.
The site for the studio is the Parish of Cut Paw Paw in Melbourne’s West bordered by the Maribyrnong River and including a diverse range of urban conditions including the Maribyrnong Defence Site and the Highpoint Activity Centre which are both in the process of being re-zoned to include residential development.
This studio will experiment with creating a vernacular for Cut Paw Paw. Students will design a set of conditions, constraints & opportunities relating to land division, building type, construction systems, materials & building components which will act as common ingredients to the subsequent design work. The aim of the studio will be to test & refine these conditions in a series of iterative designs which will be used to populate the Parish.
Tutor: Laura Harper Times: Monday 1.30-4.30, Thursday 3.00-6.00 Corresponding Architecture of the City Tutorial Thursday 12.30-2.30
Fatemah Ahmadi Nasab, Philip Chang, Natalie Chow, Lan Luan
Anna Chan, Chuqi Feng, Raphael Graham, Julian Varricchio, Ambrose Zacharakis
Kurt Ha-Sun, Brandon Lok Ok Choo, Alex MacDonald, Jack Monte