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Contemporary Architecture is too concerned with rapid production and problem solving rather addressing, extending and progressing ideas. This studio seeks to 'make new' or re-new critical ideas manifested in key architectural works. Students will be guided through the ideas of precedent projects, analysing their built form and context. The studio will be structured through three stages; Historical Analysis, Contemporary Investigation and Critical Renovation. Using a diverse array of scales, ideas, contexts and strategies the studio focuses on how to renovate architectural ideas for a new context.

Rather than generating abstract concepts in isolation of design, the studio will experiment with a process of re-examination of pre-existing strategies, that much like a traditional renovation, can be updated and made relevant for the contemporary context. The studio identifies nine critically rich precedents and their inherent conceptual strategy...

1. Organisational | Villa Savoye - Le Corbusier
2. Technical | Slow House - Diller + Scofidio
3. Social | Parc De La Villette - Bernard Tschumi
4. Formal | House VI - Peter Eisenman
5. Contextual | Moriyama House - SANAA
6. Structural | Farnsworth House - Mies Van Der Rohe
7. Functional | E1027 - Eileen Grey
8. Circulatory | Maison Bordeaux - OMA
9. Tectonic | Sky House - Kikutake

For example, Villa Savoye exemplifies a rigorous exploration of organisational strategies and profound contextual issues. Similarly, Tschumi's social strategies in Parc De La Villette display architectures potential to engage with political contexts. These strategies and contextual issues are ones that are still influential on today and tomorrow's context.

The studio will use the selected precedent as the departure point into analysis and investigation. Through the use of drawing, model making, projection and various mixed media students will renovate the inherent ideas of given precedent.

The media generated from the precedent analysis will then be distilled into critical points within the precedent building. This will create an avenue for students to create a series of highly resolved and detailed moments, thresholds and adaptations in the renovation stage.


Studio Leaders: Ben Waters and Colby Vexler
Bachelor Studio - Semester 1, 2016
Monday + Thursday 2:00 - 4:50 pm

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