Architecture, Building and Planning - Research Publications
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Non-normative Urban Occupations, Interior Futures Exhibition, RCA London
(Royal College of Art, 2019)
Occupying urban spaces and creating non-normative situations through performative actions are explored here as performed actions framed as both artistic experiments and political actions.
Voices of Country, presented at Ars Electronica 2020
(Ars Electronica, 2020)
This VR movie is set in the rural landscape of the Dja Dja Wurrung aboriginal tribe in southern Australia. The project tells stories of the land from different perspectives, allowing the audience to move through the site by engaging in a VR environment, with narrators telling different stories. The project provides an entry point to and experience of the indigenous land as an immersive environment, combined with a cultural perspective, told from different angles. In the VR movie, the audience traverses three different settings: the pre-colonial forest, the colonial farm, and the post-colonial farmland envisioned for a utopian future.
Trans-disciplinarity within the discipline
Architecture, while desirous of maintaining its autonomy, has always been fascinated by other disciplines, and has frequently appropriated concepts and models from science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and so on. Architectural education has likewise contributed to such interdisciplinary pursuits. This paper will argue that while the ongoing investigation into other disciplines is of great value to architecture, the capacities and tasks proper to architecture need to be examined in more depth. Architecture must negotiate ways of maintaining its autonomy while remaining permeable to the influence of other disciplines. This is specifically relevant when it comes to the area of design education, which in its own right collects together a number of specific disciplines, such as interior, landscape, urban design and architecture. Within my own practice, which is strongly related to my teaching experience, the concept of trans-scale, as well as the establishment of trans-disciplinary networks, has facilitated a greater understanding of the potentialities of architecture as both an autonomous and open discipline. In order to investigate what I call the trans-disciplinary possibilities of architecture I will present work undertaken in two design studios with students from RMIT University. The first design studio, undertaken with architecture students, was an examination of a minor context embedded in a major context, specifically the city of Stuttgart. The second studio, which I have more recently completed, is an interior design studio in which students are asked to study and design a public square in Melbourne in order to understand their discipline with respect to both the broader scale of the city, and the more discrete scale of public furniture and design object. With both exercises I address the idea of a relationship between the different design disciplines, ie interior design and urban design, and frame it with trans-disciplinary questions. For instance, what is the role of the history of a city and the context of a site on a design concept? How great could be the impact of furniture considered within an urban project?
Langsam durch belebte Strassen gehen
A walk through the city, following the cultural spine, curated as conversation between a local and a stranger. Discussing recent architectural projects in Melbourne, Australia. An introduction to a special feature with six separate articles.
Walk the Line
(Alphabet Press, 2009)
Pulls together the know-how of dozens of movers and shakers from all areas of design. Full of hand-drawn maps and walking itineraries, it is a direct connection to the pulse of this inspired city.
Occupation within Urban Conditions
(University of Brighton, 2011)
Public space is defined by being accessible to anyone at anytime, it is the space of community and social interaction, the space in which public life unfolds. Public space does not pre-exist, it only emerges once it becomes activated through inhabitation and occupation. It is within this context that I investigate the potential design can have for opening up new sites for the social and political formation of public space. The question arises as to what role design can play in the creation of public life? What are the strategies that the designer can develop to contribute to the spatial conditions that would allow people to experience, use, activate and occupy public space? The role of the designer might be described as a facilitator or catalyst, while the role of the public that forms in relation to a site can be to perceive, react, occupy, activate, extend and adapt the design intervention. Through the engagement of individuals and collectives with the design interventions in public space, a process will evolve that allows for new relationships to occur, between people and people, between people and places, and people and things.
A Practice of Ephemeral Urban Design
(Common Ground Research Networks, 2009)
This paper will present research that developed from two projects undertaken in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. The first project was a postgraduate collaboration of researchers in the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, the second was a collaboration with video, sound and projection artists. Both projects engaged with public urban spaces on a sensory and experiential level by using different principles and practices. In this paper I will argue that space is something that is not framed in advance of inhabitation, as an a priori conceptual category. Instead space is a more elusive environment that unfolds alongside our modes of expression and perception. Further, I will demonstrate through two design research case studies how space formation is interwoven with the effects and affects of temporality, ephemerality, and the poetic and sensory potential of new and old technologies. These installations were intended to extend the quotidian perception of the city as a physical and built environment through creating an awareness of temporal, ephemeral, and intangible elements and sensations.
Kalhöfer & Korschildgen: Wie wohnen - heute?
(Architekturgallerie am Weißenhof, Stuttgart, 2002)
Curator of an exhibition of experimental adaptations of Mies an der Rohe's apartments by the architects Kalhöfer Korschildgen in the second oldest German Architecture Gallery