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 western suburbs of Melbourne, the area encompassed by the historic Parish of Cut Paw Paw. In parallel with site research carried out in the Architecture and the City History Theory class, students will firstly explore the conditions and the history of this area, piecing together the combination of land divisions, building type, construction systems, materials and products which contribute to specific built outcomes. This research will then be used to experiment with inventing a vernacular for an imaginary Cut Paw Paw of the future. Students will work between scales, thinking about how the design of an individual building can embody and reflect the collective character of the city and vice versa.
This studio builds on work from 2014 also in the Cut Paw Paw area. Work from both semesters will be exhibited as part of the Big West Festival in Footscray in November. Work produced in the studio will be designed for exhibition including very large scale evocative cityscapes to be reproduced on building walls and an online interactive map.
Cut Paw Paw Too more experiments in inventing a vernacular
Alex Beggs, Chong Hyon Myung, Isabella Singal, Taffarel Suthya
Amanda Luu, Elle McFadzean, Jiayi Wang, Meng Meng Wu
Ellena Khek, Myra Kosen, Ying Li, Mark Romei, Qianying Weng
Fatemah Ahmadi Nasab, Philip Chang, Natalie Chow, Lan Luan
Kurt Ha-Sun, Brandon Lok Ok Choo, Alex MacDonald, Jack Monte
Anna Chan, Chuqi Feng, Raphael Graham, Julian Varricchio, Ambrose Zacharakis
Zoe Feyman, Ekaterina Galanakis, William Kendall, William Osbourne