FORMFIELD4: The Speculative Campus Project Studio Leader: Vivian Mitsogianni School or Institution: RMIT University School of Architecture and Design Country: Australia Website: www.architecture.rmit.edu. au/ 1. Studio Leader Biography Dr Vivian Mitsogianni is Associate Professor in Architecture at the School of Architecture + Design, RMIT University where she was responsible for the coordination of the Design Studio stream in the Masters of Architecture Program (2001-2009). She is the Research Leader of the RMIT Design Research Institute’s Future Fabric of Cities Flagship program which undertakes transdisciplinary practice based design research. Dr Mitsogianni is a director of M@ STUDIO Architects, has served on the Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects and has extensive experience in architectural practice. She undertakes practice-based design research and has extensive experience in the design of Architecture Design Studio curriculum to facilitate practice-based design research.
2. School The Architecture program at RMIT is differentiated from other architecture degrees by the design studio structure and selection process. Students ballot for a thematic design studio and tutor each semester. The range of studio topics reflects a diversity of architectural practice and design research. Tutors are drawn from the RMIT Architecture program and visiting academics, and from innovative practices in Melbourne. The main focus of the Master of Architecture (Professional) degree at each semester level is the design studio, in which students investigate architecture through design, integrating the knowledge gained in history, communications and technology and other research and practice specialisations into a total design project. The design studios are vertically integrated and offer specialised topics that engage with a more complex design questions involving emerging practice and research concerns and a large scale of project. 3. Studio Description The studio speculated on future university learning environments in light of the changing nature of contemporary education affected by new digital technologies, demographic changes and changes in
pedagogy. It used as its base point of departure the increased importance of social spaces on campus and anywhere/anytime learning and sought models that amplify and increase opportunities for social interaction – while simultaneously allowing for discreet learning spaces. We took as our base point of departure research that points to scenarios that might see the dispersal of the university through the city or alternatively the congregation of the city back into the university. We considered the implications of globally networked institutions and learning environments on physical space and speculated about how the university might be made porous and have a renewed and charged civic function in a city. The studio was also a laboratory for technique and process-based experiments that focussed on using systems, devices and networks from disciplines external to architecture, to consider how the behaviour of these can be co-opted to inform and re-examine core architectural relationships. Process-based experiments were developed and tested through a series of iterations. The studio favoured and considered the generative potential of “uncertain conditions” and where multiple often contradictory conditions are embedded within each other. It also investigated mis-
appropriating and amplifying the potential of existing typologies that have strong social or gathering functions for use in the process experiments. In relation to the future we asked “when was the future?” because many of our ideas of “future” were established, aestheticized and frozen in a different time – mid 20th century in the case of some highly influential sci-fi examples. The studio asked in the absence of any preemptive knowledge how is it useful for architecture to think about the future and considered William Gibson’s line that “the future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed”.
Team 01 David Wegman MARIBOR FUTURE CAMPUS This project explores the nature of Future learning environments and process-based architectural design. As scarcity of resources and political instability become defining forces of our Future, the importance on the University to bear social responsibility may become greater. The increasing civic role of the campus, as a place devoted not just to higher education but to community engagement, experimentation and demonstration was explored. Projected Start: 2102 Projected End: 2112 Category: Knowledge
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