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Design-make studio in collaboration with Strawberry Fields Festival

The studio will analyse and critique ephemeral cities within their environment. With the collaboration of Strawberry Fields Festival, students will get the opportunity to interact with real issues that emerge from this festival city and explore their practice as future architects by realising their ideas on site.

This theme will be approached initially through series of large-scale urban case studies. The students will progress toward a physical 1:1 structure, which will be designed as an ephemeral construction and tested at Strawberry fields festival in November 2016.

This project will focus upon the creation of a series of small scale and light weight mobile structures within the central meeting point of the festival, the literal hub of the community. Students will research the various requirements and constraints of the landscape and its inhabitants, and will accordingly design structures that invite the festival public to stop, rest, and consider their own responsibility towards the environment.

These mobile fit-out elements, between architecture and furniture, will offer a range of activities to the public including:

- access to festival information
- resting alcove
- exhibition and display of students research throughout the semester
- artist reception point
- festival merchandise sales
- access to water and refreshments...

Students will have to design innovative systems for their structures to be easy to construct and demount for transport.

Notes:

- This studio involves 2 trips on site in Tocumwal (NSW) which is 280km from Melbourne : 1 site visit from 6-7 August and 1 week on-site construction intensive from 24-31 October. Participation in these events is a compulsory part of the curriculum
- Students will be camping on site.
- Students need to be self-sufficient and come with their own cars.

Marie Le Touze, architect, NMBW Architecture Studio
Mondays & Thursdays 6 to 9pm

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