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Research Studio Question
This studio will be broadly investigating what role architecture can play in the renewal of regional areas and towns?

Studio Context
The studio seeks to build Monash’s ongoing engagement with regional areas as seen in the Stawell Steps project and extend from design research currently being undertaken in the coastal Tasmanian town of Triabunna. Both of these towns face a number of issues that affect their urban condition that are common to many Australian regional areas and towns, including;
> the loss of, or significant changes in industry
> demographic shifts (including aging populations)
> the effects of climate change

Core Design Interests
The studio will consider the various issues facing regional towns and areas and support architectural design projects that develop and extend from a number of core design interests;
> sourcing design strategies from the local
> reframing and revealing hidden or under-presented existing assets of places
> redefining the urban engagement with the landscape
> strengthening connectivity
> facilitating social exchange between residents, visitors and different generations
> seeding new economies
> strategic staging of projects over time

Studio Structure
The studio will be divided into 3 approximately 5-week sections. The first will be focussed on careful observation, documentation and analysis of the particular town being studied, along with the initial development of a responsive urban scale design strategy. The second section is where students will develop up a particular part of this strategy in more material and tectonic detail, with final 5-week section being focussed on the consolidation of the overall proposal and it’s presentation.

NOTE: The studio will involve travel to rural and regional areas in Victoria and possibly Tasmania for those interested / able.

...a design studio with Ross Brewin
ARC 5002 Master of Architecture Design Research Studio Semester 2 2014

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