Artists make use of spaces that no one else wants. Rough and ready and ideally cheap, what happens when availability erodes? Where do all the artists go?
Studio Studio examines the nomadic nature of creative spaces in inner Melbourne where demand and changing economics have shuffled artists along. In the scenario where developers evict artists from their reappropriated space, this studio will explore an alternative. Is there a way to provide long-term affordable studios within a viable developer model?
The site of study is the Boyd Studios in Southbank. Nestled within a landscape of high-rise apartments and adjacent the West Gate sits a 70’s era grey concrete building, formerly part of a girl’s school and now pegged for demolition. Currently there are 80 artists in 23 studios. Development is imminent.
In this context, residential towers dominate. This studio examines the proliferation of this typology in Southbank and questions the long-term social implications of such homogenous landscapes. Rather than evicting the artists under the site’s current proposal, students will be asked to devise other strategies for this scheme. The brief is to provide permanent affordable studios for the 80 artists within a commercially viable model for a multi-residential building.
Studio Studio explores real-life urban patterns, and uses architecture to propose alternative options for artists and developers to become friends. In light of a growing city where creative spaces are frequently swallowed up, the studio critiques this heavy handed approach. It aims to explore the social and cultural capital artists can bring to a heartland of multi residential development, and contribute to its finer grain.
Studio Studio With: Yvonne Meng, Mon & Thurs 2-5pm