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Transitory Architecture. Richard Black & Michelle Black

Transitory Architecture. The semester project was focused on Castlemaine, a rural town with a population of 8000 people, 100km’s from Melbourne. The project called for an urban building providing residential accommodation, sited in the town centre. This strategy of urban consolidation challenges the existing patterns of growth taking place around the periphery of Castlemaine. Consolidating the urban centre maximises proximity to shops, infrastructure and other services. The studio explored appropriate types of living, density, and siting strategies that could bring the town and new buildings into relationship.


Frays. Edges. Boundaries. Castlemain - Kennedy St Figure Ground Drawing by Luke Stokes


Urban Density Axonometric Drawing by Michelle McMahon


Jennie Lang. Level 6.


Luke Stokes. Level 7.


Emma Symington. Level 7.


Claire Smith. Level 9.


Sophie Nash. Level 6.


Muhammad Reza. Level 7.


Mohammad Afiq Shazwan. Level 7.


Michelle McMahon. Level 9.


Ashini Kulutunge. Level 9.


Tutors: Michelle and Richard Black

Students: Emma Symmington, Luke Stokes, Michelle McMahon, Ashini Kutulunge, Erin Watson, Clare Smith, Sophie Nash, Jennie Lang, Sean Seah, Muhammed Rheza, Afiq Abd Samat.

Thank you to our guest critics: Anna Johnson, Diego Ramirez, Suzannah Waldron, Gavin Perin.

Thank you: Luke Stokes - Layout & Production.

Studio Details Title: Transitory Architecture Tutor: Dr.Richard Black & Michelle Black Pole: Expanded Field Date: Semester 2,2009 This and other documented examples of design studios run as part of the RMIT University Architecture program can be found on

Transitory Architecture 2.  

Studio Leader: Richard and Michelle Black. Upperpool Design Studio, RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional), Semester 01, 09.

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