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A Library for 3 Critical Contexts

Contemporary architecture too often complies rather than critiques. Using architecture as a tool for commentary, this studio will be a laboratory for transforming critical questions into spatial provocations.

A singular library, spread over three interventions across three contextual conditions (ground, city, culture) will spatially embody architectures ability to raise questions on how and where we live.

Students will observe three contextual conditions formulating a critical question based on their observation and analysis. This question will be the basis for their propositional work. The studio will be structured through three stages; Contextual Analysis, Question Raising and Proposition.

The staging of this studio will look for rigorous propositions to subvert, exaggerate, compliment or even to create problems to destabilize or disrupt current conditions. These speculative proposition will be situated in one of two selected axis' 1; Alexandra Gardens, Federation Square and Melbourne CBD and 2; Meblourne CBD, South Bank, Alexandra Gardens, and Melbourne Sports Precinct. The studio seeks to create questions and propositions that are expose architecture's potential to become a powerful tool for looking, understanding and revealing.

Studio Leaders:
Ben Waters & Colby Vexler

Studio Session Times:
Monday 1.30 - 4.30pm
Thursday 1.30 - 4.30pm

Ground, City, Culture
Ben Robinson, Map
2016

An analytical map of the Melbourne CBD and surrounds, detailing the relationship between the differing conditions coexisting within the environment.

Ground, City, Culture
Ben Robinson, Model Photograph
2016

A photograph of a mounted plan model, detailing the thresholds and bare transitional space facilitating the transition between two differing environmental conditions.

Ground, City, Culture
Ben Robinson, Plan
2016

A plan drawing with notation detailing the differing environmental conditions and the 7 smaller change areas which facilitate the physical and psychological transition between these conditions.

Ground, City, Culture
Ben Robinson, Site Plan
2016

A site plan descriptive of the differing environmental conditions and the paths of use at an urban scale.

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Map
2016

This is the final version of the map that sets off the context for this project. Three distinct public spaces were observed that had different characteristics – Bourke Street, Swanston Street and the QV gardens. Each spaces showed different ways the public mass were occupied, with a performative nature to each space respectively. Ultimately, this project tries to tap into the potential performative quality of public spaces through the means of a library spread across the three contexts – can the shared use of these spaces and exchange of information through media and interaction with actors enhance our engagement with public space given that everything we do is a social act, a performance?

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Panel 1 – City Context
2016

This panel shows the main learning space, with two floors dedicated to books and media about performance and collaborative script writing, with a mini performance space as an entrance feature.

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Panel 2 – Culture Context - Swanston
2016

This space explores the parallel nature of the two processional lanes created by the pedestrian paths, and explores the idea of site-specific performance. Alongside the church, there is an open stage that hosts small plays inviting the people to crowd alongside or walk past. On the other side, there is a more intimate space that puts the observer close to the actors, and almost forces conversations to act as an exchange to learn about the space or performance in general.

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Panel 3 – QV Gardens
2016

This space has a massive amphitheatre embedded into an already existing surface condition of a fold, utilising it to host events for large audiences, followed by talkbacks and lectures.

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Collage of Panel 1
2016

Image of the final work with extruded models

Ground, City, Culture
Prottoy Shams, Collage of Panel 2
2016

Image of the final work of Panel 2.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Site Model
2016

Overlaying physical massing onto the site plan to depict the audial and visual proximities mapped in the Docklands precinct.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Detailed Section
2016

A depiction of how the intervention uses projection and transparency to overlay new digital information over existing physical views, introducing an alternative way of engaging with the city context.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Notational Site Plan
2016

The overlay of critical observations onto physical conditions – depicting audial, visual and physical relationships between the three contexts of ground, city and culture.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Intervention in the City Context
2016

The central node of the project, a structure for archiving, distributing and exchanging open-source radio produced along the site.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Production & Post-production Plan
2016

The recordings produced in the booths are broadcast live on site to the public, before being edited in the studio below and transmitted to the city context for archiving and wider distribution.

Ground, City, Culture
Amy Tung, Production & Post-production Section
2016

The recordings produced in the booths are broadcast live on site to the public, before being edited in the studio below and transmitted to the city context for archiving and wider distribution.

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