This studio forms part of a live design-led urban study of the Tasmanian town of Triabunna being undertaken by Anna Gilby + Ross Brewin architecture/ urbanism, and will be run in collaboration with a group of 5th year University of Tasmania Architecture students under the guidance of Helen Norrie.
This study aims to reveal and reimagine the currently undervalued and under-presented cultural and physical landscape of the town and its immediate surrounds. The studio aims to offer students the opportunity to put forward ideas and strategies for the future direction of the town, and be part of the process of renewal.
Cultural, Social and Environmental Context Triabunna is a small, post-industrial town on the East Coast of Tasmania. Since 2011, it has been suffering the compound effects of the closure of its timber woodchip mill which had been one of its primary economic drivers, and the subsequent shrinking and aging of it’s population. The studio will consider these issues in relation to Tasmania as a whole and delve into Triabunna’s past histories as a colonial settlement and a forestry town, before considering the future of the town in relation the recent announcement of an exciting new vision for reopening the former woodchip mill as an arts, education and environmental hub that will add to the growing number of cultural and environmental initiatives emerging in Tasmania that includes MONA in Hobart as a key example.
Consultation + Exchange The studio will engage in a community consultation process and for this we will be travelling to Triabunna three times over the course of the semester: at the end of week 2 to meet, observe and document; at mid-semester to present works in progress to the community; and at the end of semester to exhibit final design projects.
Design Outcomes Extending from initial research and documentation, students will develop an overall urban strategy that identifies possibilities and opportunities for the town, before going on to develop individual or small-group architectural proposals. The studio seeks to expose students to broad scale urban investigation and thinking that manifests architecturally in relatively modest scale, detailed projects that seed a vision and direction for future change.
NOTE: The studio will involve 3 short trips to Tasmania (at the beginning, middle and end of semester). The first trip will be the 13th + 14th March (end of week 2). Students may be asked to contribute toward one return airfare and one or two nights cheap accommodation in the caravan park. All other flights and accommodation will be covered thanks to generous support from the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and owner of the Spring Bay Mill.
A design studio with Ross Brewin and Anna Gilby.
SEMESTER 1 2014 on Monday and Thursday afternoons.