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Studio Context
This studio broadly investigate what role architecture can play in the future of regional areas and towns. The studio seeks to build Monash Architecture’s ongoing engagement with regional areas as seen in the Kinglake and Stawell Steps projects and extends from current design research being undertaken in the Tasmanian coastal town of Triabunna. The studio offers a counterpoint to the focus on the future of our growing city centres by examining and thinking about the concurrent issues that face regional towns and areas.

Studio Topic + Aim
The studio will consider coastal settlements along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, examining a number of towns through the lens of climate change, with a particular focus on future sea level rise and the inevitable impact this will have on the towns’ foreshores and surrounding urban areas - as public spaces, places of commerce and locations for residences. Students will work from a series of speculative maps that demonstrate the possible impact of a 1.4m sea level rise on a number of towns’ foreshores by year 2100 and set about proposing reactive and positive design responses that challenge the status quo and ultimately speculate as to what these coastal towns could look like at the end of the current century. Students will be asked to absorb and understand current strategic urban studies that are already in place for each town and layer these with a more specific, nuanced understanding of local history, culture, landscape, and climate towards producing a series of future - thinking design projects located on and around the foreshore of the towns.

Preliminary Studio Structure
WEEK 1 > Intro and site visits
WEEKS 2 to 5 > ‘Marker’ - Individual Project - A detailed small project designed for now that evokes, registers and reveals the ‘unseen’ future sea level problem and encapsulates a developing body of research to be
built upon in the remainder of the semester.
WEEKS 5 to 8 > ‘Shifting Sands’ - Group project - Development of responsive urban / landscape scale master plans for each town foreshore towards a sustainable future.
WEEKS 8 to 12 > ‘Future Edge’ - Individual or group projects - Development of a part of the master plan for when we reach the end of the century (assuming we do) - exact projects to be negotiated based on
individual students’ interests.
WEEKS 12 TO END OF SEMESTER EXHIBITION > Compiling, drawing, producing, presenting - Guided by 5th years.

Studio Time
Sessions run all day Wednesdays

Studio Teaching & Learning Areas of Focus
DEVELOPING STUDENTS’ DESIGN PROCESSES such as;
> developing a brief and articulating a research question through a design project,
> clearly presenting strategic design ideas (visually + verbally),
> sourcing architectural influences and ideas from local conditions,

CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO TEST PARTICULAR DESIGN STRATEGIES including;
> deploying architecture to re-frame and reveal the hidden or unseen,
> productively combining architecture with landscape, infrastructure and public art,
> engaging with time as a necessary and vital dimension to architecture.

ASKING STUDENTS TO CONSIDER THE POTENTIAL SOCIAL, ECOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL CONTRIBUTION OF ARCHITECTURE namely;
> facilitating social exchange between different groups of people,
> tackling complex environmental issues through architectural design,
> engaging with local cultural specificities of a place.

NOTE: Students will be expected to make a number of self-guided and self-organised trips to their particular town along the Great Ocean Road, with the furthest being approximately a 5 hour drive away.


ARC 4002 + 5002
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE DESIGN RESEARCH STUDIO
SEMESTER 2 2016

...a design studio with Ross Brewin & Catherine Murphy

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