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WOVEN Tutor:Sean McMahon


Woven Structures can be considered, thought as, seen as, a highly organised interconnecting overlapping overlaying systems - this given, it would seem reasonable to suggest that structures could be considered as kind of weaving, structures could be considered to be woven. This studio will be conceptually based around the premise that the earliest architecture was essentially a process of weaving. This position further permits an examination of the role of ornament in the process of making architecture. We will also discuss the structure/ornament relationship and how students might use these relationships to develop their own design strategies with regard to ornament, decoration and structure. The main focus of the studio will be to consider How we might think about weaving buildings, how we engage materiality in making the boundary forming, structural and spatial elements of buildings, how we might start to think about the inherent woven nature of structures, how structure has the potential to be more than the simple load-bearing element of a building and how it may be possible for structure to be considered and expressed decoratively Students will be asked to develop, to inform their own designs, providing the opportunity through a discussion on weaving and structure to explore and expose alternative methods to bring an architecture into being.

Programme: Design a library. Production: The use of traditional plan, section, elevation and 3D drawing will be expected in

developing design intentions. The use of any graphic medium that will aid in exploring ideas and for conveying design intentions will be strongly encouraged. Key to the project will be the extensive use of modelling as a tool to develop ideas employing the laser cutter and 3-D printer technologies. A finished model will be expected as part of the final submission.


Alternative approaches and theories on how architecture can and has addressed the outer membrane of buildings, including disciplines outside of architecture. The role and place of ornamentation and what it might mean to openly attempt to decorate.

Objective: To develop student’s awareness of the different paradigms that have informed architecture. To better understand how to generate architecture. To address and investigate individual approaches to design and design generators.


To attempt to help/encourage students to become aware of and understand how it is that they personally go about making architecture. To enable students to embark on a reflective and critical process on how they think about architecture through the process of creating architecture. To address contemporary issues of design with regard to the treatment of the structures of buildings and how these can be expressed through design.

Nur Asriah Abdul Talib


Shann Ching Pei Yong


Shann Ching Pei Yong


Mastura Othman


Mastura Othman


Joshua Pui


Joshua Pui


Chun Yik Kho


Mohamet Firzada Abdul Ghafur


Suraya Md Abdul Azis


Suraya Md Abdul Azis


Fei Teng


Design studio members: Joshua Pui Fei Teng Jenya Itskovich Desmond Looi Shann Ching Pei Yong Karina Eteng Intje Siswandi Mastura Othman Mohamet Firzada Abdul Ghafur Suraya Md Abdul Azis Nur Asriah Abdul Talib Maria Monica Chun Yik Kho

Thanks to guest critics: Ben Milbourne Fraser Paxton Elida De Felice

Studio Details Title: WOVEN Tutor: Sean McMahon Pole: Urban Environments Date: Lower Pool, Semester 1, 2009 This and other documented examples of design studios run as part of the RMIT University Architecture program can be found on


Studio Leader: Sean McMahon. Upperpool Design Studio, RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional), Semester 01, 09.