Designing a New World developing architectural educaƟon in response to climate change An EU/Australia ICI EducaƟon CooperaƟon Programme Joint Mobility Project
20 – 22 June 2012 Wednesday 20 June
Thursday 21 June
Morning Workshop 9:30-1:00 Trouble in Paradise: University of Technology Sydney +PresentaƟon from Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ESTAB Spain)
Morning Workshop 9:30-1:00 Seeding Resilience: Queensland University of Technology + PresentaƟon from Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
AŌernoon Workshop 2:00-5:00 All Change: RMIT University + PresentaƟon from École NaƟonale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse (ENSAT France)
AŌernoon Symposium: 2:00-5:30 ConversaƟon 1: Stasis Flux and Future ConversaƟon 2: Environment Ethics and Agency
Symposium speakers and panellists include Mick Caddey, Frasers Property Group; Stuart White, InsƟtute for Sustainable Futures UTS; Kathi Holt-Damant, QUT; Graham Crist, RMIT; Mauro Baracco, RMIT; Jordi Adell ESTAB; Anthony Burke, UTS; Juliet Landler, UTS; Leah Mason, UTS; Nick McGowan, QUT; David Neustein, UTS; Riccardo Pollo, Politecnico di Torino; Nadia SbiƟ, ENSAT; Leena Thomas UTS; Ezequiel Uson, ESTAB; Louise Wright, RMIT.
UTS Architecture Studios 550 Building 6 School of Architecture
DARC WORKSHOP Designing a New World developing architectural education in response to climate change
PROGRAM Venue: Architecture Studios 550 Level 5 Building 6 School of Architecture University of Technology, Sydney, 702‐720 Harris Street, Ultimo
Day One Wednesday 20 June 2012 > 9:00‐9:30 Meet and greet > 9:30‐9:50 Introduction to workshop ‐ Leena Thomas > 9:50‐12:30 STUDIO PROJECT – Trouble in Paradise, University of Technology, Sydney Studio introduction and group workshop on studio questions and themes, followed by a presentation of studio outcomes and discussion, David Neustein, and UTS Students > Studio Leader Introduction (10 minutes) > Group brainstorm session– in sub groups (45 minutes) > Subgroups to report back (15 minutes) > Coffee break (15 minutes) > Presentation of studio outcomes ‐ UTS students and studio leader (55 minutes) > Discussion (20 minutes) > 12:30‐13:00 PRESENTATION from Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain) ‐ A presentation from each EU consortium University to cover teaching approaches and an update on outcomes of exchange from 2011. > 13:00‐14:00 LUNCH > 14:00‐16:30 STUDIO PROJECT – All Change, RMIT University ‐ Studio introduction and group workshop on studio questions and themes, followed by a presentation of studio outcomes and discussion – Mauro Baracco, Louise Wright and RMIT Students > Studio Leader Introduction (10 minutes) > Group brainstorm session– in sub groups (45 minutes) > Subgroups to report back (15 minutes) > Coffee break (15 minutes) > Presentation of studio outcomes ‐ RMIT students and studio leader (45 minutes) > Discussion (20 minutes) > 16:30‐17:00 PRESENTATION from École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse (France) ‐ A presentation from each EU consortium University to cover teaching approaches and an update on outcomes of exchange from 2011. > 18:00 onwards NETWORK DINNER – for visiting and local staff and students…location to be confirmed
Day Two Thursday 21 June 2012 > 9:00‐9:30 Meet and greet, coffee > 9:30‐12:00 STUDIO PROJECT – Seeding Resilience, Queensland University of Technology ‐ Studio introduction and group workshop on studio questions and themes, followed by a presentation of studio outcomes and discussion – Nick McGowan and QUT Students > Studio Leader Introduction (10 minutes) > Group brainstorm session– in sub groups (45 minutes) > Subgroups to report back (15 minutes) > Coffee break (15 minutes) > Presentation of studio outcomes ‐ QUT students and studio leader (45 minutes) > Discussion (20 minutes) > 12:00‐12:30 PRESENTATION from Politecnico di Torino (Italy): A presentation from each EU consortium University to cover teaching approaches and an update on outcomes of exchange from 2011. > 12:30‐13:00 Review and discussion of studio approaches across the six schools > 13:00‐14:00 LUNCH > 14:00‐17:30 SYMPOSIUM – Two round table conversations: Symposium speakers and panellists include Mick Caddey, Frasers Property Group; Stuart White, Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS; Kathi Holt‐Damant, QUT; Graham Crist, RMIT; Mauro Baracco, RMIT; Jordi Adell ESTAB; Anthony Burke, UTS; Juliet Landler, UTS; Leah Mason, UTS; Nick McGowan, QUT; David Neustein, UTS; Riccardo Pollo, Politecnico di Torino; Nadia Sbiti, ENSAT; Leena Thomas UTS; Ezequiel Uson, ESTAB; Louise Wright, RMIT. > Conversation 1 (2pm‐3.15pm): Stasis, Flux and Future > Challenges and Future Directions for developing architectural education in response to climate change; Strategies at city scale, at a regional level Speakers Kathi Holt‐Damant Head of Discipline [Urban Design], QUT and Mick Caddey Frasers Property Group + Panel members Moderator: Juliet Landler > Conversation 2 (3:45pm – 5:00pm): Environment, Ethics and Agency >Ethics/sustainability ‐ the conundrum of development; what role does architectural, urban, landscape interventions have on problems of the scale and complexity being considered in our studios; what and how do we teach future professionals in our disciplines Speakers Graham Crist Senior Lecturer RMIT and Stuart White Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures + Panel members Moderator: Anthony Burke > Wrap up (5:00pm ‐5:30pm) – Where to from here? 19:00 Onwards ‐ WORKSHOP DINNER FOR VISITING STAFF FROM ALL UNIVERSITIES Location to be advised
Day Three Friday 22 June 2012 > 8:45‐10:15 Business Meeting for DARC Project (Staff from all Universities to attend) – Location TBA > 11:00 Site Visit and Back of House Tour of the Sydney Opera House with Bob Perry, Design Director Scott Carver Architects ‐ All attendees to meet at base of Opera House steps (street level) by 10:50 > 1:00 End of session
2012 Subject Summaries offered at the three Australian Universities UTS Studio: Trouble in Paradise Tutor: David Neustein Subject coordinator and adviser Leena Thomas Australian architectural discourse has struggled to rectify the building’s industry’s reliance on resource wealth with the pervasive notion of sustainability. Our ecological architecture tends to focus on individual buildings and parklands, eschewing the problematic scales of landscape and infrastructure. Extreme Architecture, a 2011 UTS Masters Studio lead by Leena Thomas, examined these issues in relation to the Queensland mining town of Roma, a key site within the lucrative coal seam methane fields of the Surat Basin. Entitled Trouble in Paradise, this studio is situated at the other end of the gas pipeline, where extracted gas is refined before being shipped offshore. Building on the research output of Extreme Architecture, this studio will produce design propositions at the scale and complexity of landscape infrastructure. The primary aim of the Trouble in Paradise studio is to produce proposals which evince an understanding of architecture’s potential at the scale of landscape infrastructure. The secondary aim is to respond to the ecological, political, philosophical and social challenges created by mining operations. Students will explore ideas of sustainability and resilience at a range of scales, from building technology to infrastructural systems. Building on group research into Curtis Island and its environs, students will identify sites and programs which best enable them to demonstrate the studio’s aims. The output of the studio will be a series of interlinked architectural proposals/provocations for Curtis Island. Advanced Environmental Design Elective Instructor: Juliet Landler We all know that designing truly ecologically sound architecture is not about simply colouring in the rooftops on your plans green and then veneering on a few solar panels in appropriate places. Rather it is about crafting buildings, structures and spaces that work on multiple planes simultaneously so that they are aesthetically pleasing, programmatically functional, experientially stimulating, financially viable and environmentally respectful. While this is easier said than done, many analysis techniques can and should be employed on architectural proposals to ensure that a proficient degree of professional competence has been achieved. This course explored some of these techniques as well as the commonly inherent environmental paradoxes that often can complicate the design process. After spending the first few weeks debating several contemporary environmental controversies in architecture, students chose a research topic that could be applied to their current studio design project. Students then spent 4 weeks learning an analysis technique associated with their research topic and presented their process to the class. Students also spent the last 5 weeks of the semester attempted to apply their new environmental analytical skill to the design of their studio project. Throughout the course students also discussed a set of twelve course readings.
QUT: Seeding Resilience Tutor: Nick McGowan
This semester the QUT students were tasked with developing a proposition for the suburb of Bowen Hills. Bowen Hills presents unique challenges and opportunities for inner‐city regeneration. Once slated as the settlement site of Brisbane, over recent decades Bowen Hills has almost been a forgotten part of Brisbane’s inner‐city fabric. While redevelopment now proceeds apace thanks to the State Government’s Urban Land Development Authority’s masterplanning for the area (which aims to develop 5,500 new dwelling units over the next 30 years), the majority of the suburb remains under‐developed with low land utilisation, poor quality infrastructure, lack of public realm, and comparatively low population densities. Despite being serviced by one of Brisbane’s four central train stations, being surrounded by major facilities such as Brisbane’s Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, and despite being just 2km from Brisbane’s CBD, Bowen Hills is in many way an inner‐city outer suburb. As a result of its proximity to the city and its relatively low land utilisation rates Bowen Hills has been an easy repository for some of Brisbane’s major infrastructure, including the Mayne Railyards, and a recently constructed entanglement of arterial overpasses, underpasses, and tunnel entries colloquially referred to as “the vomitron”.It is the contrast of these imposing and intense urban artefacts with the latency and even impotency of the rest of the suburb that ultimately defines Bowen Hills and which presents urban designers with a unique opportunity to re‐imagine inner urban regeneration in a way and at a scale which will ultimately extend beyond the confines of the study area. To enable collective analysis of the study area students undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise for Bowen Hills, as well as four other globally significant cities: New York, Beijing, Barcelona, and Melbourne. The mapping exercise enabled intensive and comparative analysis of a range of parameters. The students were then required to develop a proposition for the redevelopment of Bowen Hills. Focussed around a goal of ‘regenerative resilience’, the students were asked to develop strategies for ‘seeding’ resilience (in all its definitions) for the study area which would ultimately infiltrate the urban fabric and urban systems and extend beyond the study area to the city as a whole.
RMIT: All Change Upper Pool Design Studio Tutor: Mauro Baracco The Studio places architectural design in a leading position to develop design based solutions to climate change by considering the traditional concerns of land use and urbanisation anew. The studio focuses its investigations on some rural and urban contexts of the Wimmera region, located approximately 350 kilometres north‐west of Melbourne. In particular, the towns of Goroke and Edenhope and surrounding contexts (including the Little Desert National Park, rural and natural land, lakes and creeks, etc.) are investigated with the aim to design appropriate scenarios capable of revitalizing the physical, social, cultural and economic contexts of the towns and overall territory of the case study areas. The projects tested through this studio – and their associated programs – are also closely and yet indirectly related to the activities of natural revegetation that are currently being undertaken in existing areas of this region by Greening Australia and other environmental organizations. This studio aims to produce an alternative approach to current planning that fills open space, or generally designs in isolation so that these areas are for the most part leftover, and therefore reduces the natural systems and amenity of the landscape, and sets up a clear distinction between built space and vegetated space, favouring the built space in any figure ground. It responds to the current urgency to restore our natural systems to preserve water supply, wetlands and biodiversity conservation as essential remedies of carbon sequestration. Projects are undertaken at many different scales, from territorial to urban and architectural, continuously testing ideas through the simultaneous application of these scales, as well as driven by different and yet closely correlated approaches. Interventions that are at the same time architectural, infrastructural and landscape in character aim to offer solutions in response to the ecological significance and links to natural systems that are provided by existing open spaces. These projects also engage with the notions of distributed and networked systems, opportunistically taking advantage of spatial, cultural, geographical and urban conditions that exist in the investigated sites in order to propose productive landscapes and combinations/interactions of programs which might also accommodate new housing, civic amenities as well as working, commercial and community spaces. For example, projects are tested through the various above scales and approaches in order to relate particular smaller scales interventions with larger scale territorial visions (and viceversa) ‐ this may involve the relocation of inappropriately located buildings; the reconfiguration and reuse of existing abandoned buildings and infrastructures; the transformation, in use and experience, of existing open space; the questioning of the need to produce new built footprints; and other similar strategies in order to find meaningful end effective relationships between the natural and the built environments. Design Elective Tutor: Louise Wright The elective supports the all change design studio. Taking the case study method as an important part of an architect’s research process, students study examples of how strategic and catalytic architecture is played out through program, siting, multi‐use and lack of hierarchy between landscape, infrastructure, architecture, and more and more, ecology. Guided by the tutor, guest lectures and site visits, students will build a body of research unpacking a breadth of understanding of approaches to sustainability and, what role design can play.