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Producing architecture bears responsibilities that extend beyond budgets, functionality, and aesthetics. The spaces around us welcome people and exclude them. The buildings we inhabit stand as monuments to the good deeds we’ve done and the mistakes we’ve made.

The aim of this studio is to help students develop an understanding of (and importantly, take a strong position with reference to) sites in Melbourne with agitated or tense social, cultural, and political histories. In response, these observations will then be used to produce provocative, passionate and politically-charged architectural propositions.

Using historical and archaeological strategies as tools, students will develop analytical and design skills that respond to cultural, ideological or environmental concerns and contexts. And just as historians use words to construct their versions of historical accounts, students will use their drawing/modelling to reflect their own particular positions.

Readings of feminism, colonialism and class will be focusses during the semester.

Tutor: Virginia Mannering
Tutorials: Mon/Thurs, times TBC

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