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A Gothic encounter
Vision 2 Explored public lecture
"The Democratic Art of Urbanism"
Fragments of Landscape: East - West Fusions Exhibition
Vision 2 workshop 1
Climate change funding success for Architecture and Building
School of Architecture and Building hosts distinguished lecture on construction management
Geelong Future Proofing
National recognition of teaching excellence and new grant
Visioning a UniverCity
Geelong Icon Project student work gallery
AASA 2011: Architecture @ the Edge website is now online
The VALUE website is now online
Master of Construction Management Accreditation
New CIB Student Chapter link to global research community
Every Day's a Festival!
School of A+B supports a new vision of Geelong
2010 F E Crowle Hansen and Yunken Australian Institute of Building Award
Australian Institute of Architects Award for Stephen Monahan - Deakin University
2009 a+b journal
Annual a+b night
Architecture and Building engages students
Dressed to impress
Students imagine the family home of 2050
2008 annual Architecture and Building Journal
Designing solid foundation for future
Inspirational environments a passion for new architecture Head
Winning bridge design for Master of Architecture student
Ford Model T2 project
August visit by Malaysian Board of Architects
25th International SAHANZ Conference
2007 Architecture and Building annual Journal
On March 25th 2013, the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MLA, took the opportunity to launch the $11 million Geelong Advancement fund at the final Vision 2 design event in the current project scope. The closed event was attended by many of the students and professional who have been involved in developing the Vision 2 design concepts, the Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Cr Keith Fagg and Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, also attended the launch with many of their colleagues from the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University, Committee for Geelong and Department of Community Development and Planning.
Over the course of the last few years these concepts have been fed into by you, the local community and visitors, local and national professionals, and the Vision 2 partnership.
These concepts have been, from thematic concept to final design output, adapted and developed in line with all feedback from the community events Vision 2 attended, and from visits to the website, social media and gallery space. The process has been exciting and has encouraged 'blue sky' thinking from all involved. With that in mind, the final, complete, draft report of these design findings is available for download here. The images used are artistic impressions of the designs proposed, and should be viewed as such...allow your imagination to wander.
You can read more about the event on the Geelong Advertiser website.
Prof. Hisham Elkadi is giving a public lecture "Vision 2 Explored" on Wednesday 17th October 2012, 6pm in the Percy Baxter lecture theatre, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong
Vision 2 is investigating how best to plan for the future of central Geelong. Architects, urban designers and planners have joined with local businesses and the local community to develop a shared vision for our city.
Come along and find out more about the project from conception to date, hear more about the thematic concepts on display in the vision 2 gallery (corner of Cunnigham and West Beach) and discover the prospective scenarios for change.
28th August 2012-6:30pm
Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin Waterfront Campus
Sommer's projects for New York City, Boston, Toronto and Belfast will be explored in light of the theoretical and practical challenges faced by plural, market-driven societies aspiring to design better cities.
Professor Richard Sommer is currently working with the School of Architecture and Building at Deakin University on the Vision 2 project - see www.vision2geelong.net for more information.
Sommer is the Dean of Architecture and Urbanism at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, Sommer was, for more than a decade, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, where he has also served as the Director of School's Urban Design Programs.
Sommer's design practice, research and writing take the complex physical geography, culture, politics and historiography of the contemporary city as a starting point for a speculative approach to architecture and urbanism.
Since 2005, Sommer has been the O'Hare Chair of Design and Development and Visiting American Scholar at the University of Ulster's faculty of Art, Design and Built Environment. Support for Sommer's research has included awards and grants from the US National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Wheelwright Fellowship, the Tozier Fund and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Prof. Hisham Elkadi, Head of School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University invites you to the launch of Rhondda Millen's latest exhibition Fragments of Landscape: East - West Fusions
Thursday 12 July 6pm
School of Architecture and Building
Level 4 Waterfront Campus, Geelong
Please see the PDF for more information.
On the 1st of May 2012, the School of Architecture and Building hosted the first in a series of workshops of Vision 2. The project, which is partnered between City of Greater Geelong, Department of Planning and Community Development, Deakin University and the Committee for Geelong, is a collaborative endeavour in developing a new vision for the central Geelong region of the city. The event brought together a large number of prominent professionals from architecture, urban design, planning, and landscape architecture, as well as the inclusion of design students to assist the presentation and development of ideas.
A bus and walking tour through the central business district orientated the groups to the greater area of Geelong and the Vision 2 study area. The participants focused on the fundamental question - "What can happen to central Geelong, in a physical and non-physical sense, to make it a truly great city?"
The ideas, discussions and activities that the 60 invited participants underwent went through a process that resulted in the dissemination of 15 thematic concepts that could be considered for central Geelong. The main impression that these concepts attempt to ask is "What If?" for the people of Geelong. Whilst this is only the starting point, from here, the exercises will begin to lead into Workshop 2, where there will be a look at these 15 ‘ingredients’ for the city and how they can play out into 3 possible scenarios. Already, this examination is leading towards three distinct focus areas; Living in the City, Connectivity and Public Life.
The Workshop 1 outcomes are presented in the Vision 2 Gallery, located at Deakin Waterfront campus on the ground floor of the Denny Lascelles building (corner near Cunningham Street). You can also visit the Vision 2 website www.vision2geelong.net for further information on the project and to join the discussion on the future direction for central Geelong.
Associate Professor David Jones (School of Architecture and Building) in conjunction with Griffith University was successful late last year in receiving a $250,000 grant from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility(NCCARF) to investigate coastal urban and peri-urban Indigenous community adaptability within a community of knowledge framework. This research proposal, a partnership between Griffith University and Deakin University, links established Indigenous ‘country’ research and academic inquiries to strengthen the ‘community of knowledge’ about climate change having regard to Indigenous longevity of perspective and Indigenous science.
Also in the area of climate change research, Master of Landscape Architecture student Gavin Pocock has been awarded an Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) scholarship. The scholarship is linked to Gavin’s proposed thesis investigation project examining the Port Phillip Bay region and Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Wathaurong perspectives and stories about the creation of the Bay landscape. The project will examine the use and understanding of landscape, both urban and regional, surrounding Port Phillip Bay and the risks and opportunities climate change and adaptation brings to these local Indigenous communities. Associate Professor David Jones said Gavin is part of a growing research team being established in the School of Architecture and Building that is focusing upon land use futures.
Running until 18 May at the Dennys Lascelles Gallery at Deakin’s Waterfront Campus is Shadow-lands, an exhibition curated by Gavin Keeney, a PhD student in the School of Architecture and Building.
The exhibition is in support of Gavin’s PhD by exegesis. The overall study regards the existential-metaphysical, in-between world we all inhabit, between ideality and so-called reality. As part of a larger study of visuality in Art and Architecture, the exhibition is an experimental tableau for the testing of various media in relation to the common understanding of art as visual knowledge. The exhibition is intimately tied to Gavin’s current written work, Dossier Chris Marker: The Suffering Image, and serves as an indirect homage to Chris Marker, the nonagenarian French filmmaker and artist.
Shadow-lands features the works of over a dozen artists, including photogravure and photographic prints, short films and videos, with short interpretive texts related to the event presented in both vitrines and as wall text, inclusive of working documents written over the course of the exhibition. ‘Perpetually curated’, the contents of the exhibition will change and be reconfigured in accord with the experimental nature of the project. Impromptu and scheduled events will accompany the exhibition. For details of ancillary events, please visit the gallery regularly during the exhibition.
Gavin began his PhD studies at Deakin in November 2011. He previously resided in New York, New York, and was director of Agence ‘X,’ an editorial and artists’ and architects’ re-representation bureau. His most recent books are Art as ‘Night’: An Art-Theological Treatise (2010), and ‘Else-where’: Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011 (2011).
Shadow-lands until 18 May 2012, 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday, Dennys Lascelles Gallery, Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong.
Prof. Jan Gehl recently delivered a public lecture at Deakin University's waterfront campus.
The lecture is available online from iTunesU.
Professor Hisham Elkadi, Head of School of Architecture and Building recently welcomed more than 100 staff, students and guests from the construction industry and academia for the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Distinguished Lecture given by Sir Anthony Mason, AC, KBE, QC.
Sir Anthony was formerly Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and has been involved in some of Australia's most significant legal decisions. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Deakin, and also served as the Chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 1994 to 1999.
In his lecture, entitled "Liquidated Damages and Penalties in Building Contracts”, Sir Anthony explored the tests used by courts to determine if the rights to damages can be claimed.
Professor Anthony Mills, Chair of Construction Management in the School of Architecture and Building, described it as an inspiring lecture which "illustrated the excitement and challenges in modern building".
The AIB Distinguished Lecture Series has been established to recognise and promote excellence in the built environment professions.
Photo: (l-r) Prof Anthony Mills, Mr Robert Whittaker (AIB), Sir Anthony Mason, Prof Hisham Elkadi.
Professor Hisham Elkadi met with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Cr. John Mitchell, and the Geelong Future Proofing project team. The Prime Minister praised the project team and the alliance of different stakeholders who are building a carbon neutral future for the City of Greater Geelong region.
Congratulations to Dr Richard Tucker (A+B) for receiving a 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Teaching Excellence. This is a particularly significant achievement which recognises the significant and sustained contribution Richard has made to teaching and learning and the student experience at Deakin.
In announcing the “last ever” ALTC awards, which have honoured 22 top teachers and 10 innovative student learning programs, ALTC CEO Dr Carol Nicoll said she was delighted with the strength of this year’s nominations.
“These awards are given to truly outstanding individuals and teams who have made a lasting impression on the quality of Australian higher education,” she said.
The ALTC Awards, worth $25,000 each, will be presented during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August.
In further good news, Richard has also recently secured an ALTC grant for $220,000 for his project 'Enhancing and assessing group and team learning in architecture and related design contexts'.
Professor Hisham Elkadi presented a keynote speech at the International Conference of the Institute of Landscape Architects in Brisbane on the 11th of August. The keynote speech was about the currently funded project on the regeneration of the Geelong City Centre.
Third year architecture students were asked to come up with a concept for a potential Icon for the City of Geelong and post their work online.
The The 2011 AASA conference: Architecture @ the Edge website is now online.
The new Victoria Laboratory for Urban Ecologies website is now online.
The School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University has recently gained international accreditation from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for its new Master of Construction Management programme.
Congratulations to Dr Ursula de Jong (School of Architecture and Building) on being listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women 2011, a publication described as a “celebration of achievement”.
Dr de Jong is Senior Lecturer in art and architectural history and chair of the history/theory discipline in the School. She is an architectural historian and a scholar of the 19th century Gothic Revival. In 2009 her book William Wardell and Genazzano FCJ College was published and she has just returned from OSP undertaking research in order to write an architectural biography of William Wardell.
She is a Director of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Chair of the NTAV Cultural Heritage Committee, a full member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and is the newly appointed President of the Nepean Conservation Group, Inc. The 2011 edition of the Who’s Who of Australian Women has the theme “Reflections on Happiness” and was released to coincide with International Women’s Day.
A CIB Student Chapter has been established at Deakin’s School of Architecture and Building.
CIB is described as a “worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation”. The acronym CIB comes from Conseil International du Batiment (or International Council for Building in English).*
Head of School, Professor Hisham Elkadi, praised the establishment of the Chapter.
“This is an international recognition and endorsement of the professional and academic standards in the School and the high level of research activities in this research field. I commend our PhD students for their achievement,” Professor Elkadi said.
“I would like particularly to thank Dr Rebecca Yang for her initiatives and Inji Kenawy and the student team for all their excellent work.”
The objective of the Deakin-CIB Student Chapter is to provide an outstanding platform for researchers to enhance their contribution to knowledge by developing research interests and meaningful exchange between the entire spectrum of architecture, building and construction interests and the global research community.
All postgraduate research students in the School are encouraged to join the Chapter as they get the benefit of having a reliable and effective access point to the global research community. The School’s undergraduate students are also encouraged to join to take part in activities such as workshops, seminars and other social activities.
For more information please contact Deakin-CIB Student Chapter President Inji Kenawy: email@example.com.* In 1998, the full name changed to International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, but the acronym was kept.
Despite their ubiquity and cultural prominence, the academic study of arts festivals has long been neglected. The burgeoning festivals industry is, however, firmly embedded in both the arts funding and weekly calendar of European cities, and there is no doubt that festivals are fast becoming a defining feature of urban life in the twenty-first century. An assessment of their nature and impact is more pressing than ever before.
The contributors to this volume explore the modern urban festival and the difference it makes to the experience and management of diversity in the city. Their research reveals an unsettling coupling of the celebration of local diversity with institutional amnesia, in which the memory of a festival hardly ever outlasts its funding. This book documents a key phenomenon of our time, the supplanting of community-based remembering with the repetitive structures of events whose historic and interpretative depth is lost amid a spiraling velocity of 'festivalization'.
Susanne Küchler is Professor of Anthropology at University College London, Department of Anthropology and one of the scientific leaders for the Sustainable Development in a Diverse World (SUSDIV) project funded by the Sixth Network of Excellence (NoE) Programme.
László Kürti teaches at the University of Miskolc, and the Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest, Hungary and has conducted fieldwork in North America, Romania and Hungary. From 2001 to 2006 he served as the Secretary of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Hisham Elkadi, also a scientific leader for the SUSDIV project funded by the Sixth Network of Excellence Programme, is Head of The School of Architecture and Building at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Contributors: Alaknanda Patel, Monica Stroe, Mirjana Lozanovska, Rossella Lo Conte, David Beynon, Manuela Hernandez Sanchez and Ljiljana Simic.
Professor Hisham Elkadi, Head of the School of Architecture and Building, believes Deakin has a key role to play in the transformation of the Geelong CBD.
Professor Elkadi – who has been involved in the redevelopment of cities such as Newcastle-Gateshead in the UK and Belfast in Northern Ireland – has recently given his support and that of the School to the Committee for Geelong’s Vision II development plan.
“A more visionary approach for the transformation and regeneration of the Geelong CBD is a must,” Professor Elkadi said. “The City of Geelong is at serious risk of not achieving enough synergies between all the different initiatives, including the cultural precinct.
“I think there is still too much of a silo mentality. Sites come up for development and projects proceed without any way to measure or guide the contribution they might make to the big picture for Geelong. And there needs to be a big picture through which to proceed, even if in acknowledging the pluralities of interest in Modern Geelong.
“Such vision may have to be comprised of several overlapping frames, but I believe Deakin University is key to it. Building a UniverCity is one of the merging frames.” Professor Elkadi said the School of Architecture and Building together with the City of Greater Geelong and the Committee for Geelong were looking into ways of integrating their efforts to build and further enhance a more integrated vision for the city.
Dr Richard Tucker has won the national 2010 F E Crowle Hansen and Yunken Australian Institute of Building Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr Tucker's submission was highly praised and the judges were impressed with his work on interdisciplinary teaching and his wider role in the School. It was a very close field this year.
The Award was made at the National AIB dinner at Crown Casino Melbourne on Friday 10 September 2010.
The Architecture Student Ideas Competition in 2010 asked students to consider the design possibilities for the Docklands area of Melbourne. What should be its nature in, say, 2020?
The site explored in Stephen’s project forms the south eastern edge of the docklands and it is heavily constrained on all boundaries by a grid of primary roads, one of which completely intersects the centre of the site (Collins Street). This project successfully explores the prioritisation of pedestrians over vehicles and the relevance of architecture at the human scale. A de-scaling of Collins Street has been explored by extending the architecture across the intersection and the interconnection of pedestrian paths to adjacent sites is carefully considered. The south site seems appropriate as an educational campus model (supported by existing TAFE Automotive Centre of Excellence) however the scheme may have been more appropriately considered if the educational facilities extended to the northern site to form a campus model in lieu of the proposed commercial development.
Projects were assessed by a Judging Panel consisting of representatives from VicUrban, the City of Melbourne, and members of the Australian Institute of Architects with substantial experience in urban design.
The Architecture and Building annual journal, is a collection of exceptional student work created throughout the year.
The School of Architecture and Building held its annual awards night on the 5th of May at the Waterfront Campus. This is one of the significant events in the A+B calendar and brings together current and past students, staff and industry partners. Guests at the event included Stephen Griffin, CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, representatives of the A+B Advisory Board and sponsors of awards, and the Dean.
Head of School, Professor Hisham Elkadi, welcomed the guests and spoke about the School of A+B, its continuing success in attracting high achieving students to the Faculty and of great plans for the future. Stephen Griffin highlighted the collaborative relationship between the City of Greater Geelong and Deakin, in particular with the School of A+B. This year’s guest lecture was given by Professor Kerry London who discussed her views on ‘exporting creativity’.
With formalities out of the way, the event moved to the ‘barn’ with the much anticipated release of the new a+b journal, the ‘yellow’ edition, "designed to push the limits and norms of journal publication". The setting provided by the barn with its architecture, creative spaces and display of student work was a perfect background for students, staff, alumni, members of the profession and families of award recipients to mingle and enjoy a glass of wine and good food.
The School of Architecture and Building has achieved outstanding results in the recent Australian Students Survey for Engagement (AUSSE), scoring highest among all other benchmarking groups in Australia. The strong results are a reflection of the high calibre of programs offered within the School of Architecture and Building, in the fields of study in both architecture and construction management.
The surveys used to collect AUSSE data are student and staff focused. The Student Engagement Questionnaire, administered to first and third year undergraduate students, measures student engagement in different areas. The School of Architecture and Building scored the highest of any other benchmarking group in Australia in the majority of categories and also achieved some of the highest among all courses in the University. Results included a score of 50 for Academic Challenge, Supportive Learning Environment 59, High Order Thinking 67, General Learning Outcome 71 and Career Readiness 49. Overall the School scored 77 with Overall Satisfaction at 75.
The AUSSE is developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and was designed to stimulate evidence-focused conversations about students’ engagement in university study. The AUSSE plays an important role in helping institutions monitor and enhance the quality of education they provide.
Students showed their style by dressing to impress at the 2009 annual Architecture and Construction Management Ball. Over 100 people attended the evening held at Sailors’ Rest in Geelong. Current students, alumni, staff and industry representatives celebrated both the individual and collective journeys made by all of the final year students.
Susan Ang (School of Architecture and Building) says as well as being an enjoyable evening, the annual ball is also one of the final rituals that is part of a journey which contributes unforgettable memories to being a graduate of the School of Architecture and Building.
Photo caption: (left to right) Kris Choo, Ruvimbo Chakaingesu, Jelena Marinkovik, Victoria Gantala, Robert Alessi.
Deakin’s architecture students took their imaginations on a journey to the year 2050 recently for a project that challenged them to design a home for the future. The Future House project required the third year students to design a contemporary house that was adaptable to the needs of the ‘typical’ family of the 2050s and sustainable in terms of energy and materials.
“Future House came about through the combination of my research interest in the engagement of architecture students in digital media and tools in the design studio and wanting to challenge students into thinking about sustainability and technology into the future,” explained architecture lecturer Jeremy Ham.
“The design brief required the students to give a lot of thought to the future: what will the ‘typical’ family be in 2050, the environmental challenges we will be facing, the type of materials we will have available and so on.”
The designs, submitted in the form of a short movie, were posted online, giving the students a public audience for their work and challenging them to be imaginative in their presentations.
“In the past, a folio was a critical tool for any architect - a big folio full of sheets of A1 paper that you took around to demonstrate your work to clients and employers. Now an architect is just as likely to refer you to their website to see their work, so it is very important for our students to explore how they can present their work by using new technologies.
To take a trip into the future and see what the Deakin architecture students think the homes of 2050 will be like visit www.ab.deakin.edu.au/online/futurehouse.
The Architecture and Building annual journal, is a collection of exceptional student work created throughout the year.
Talent and enthusiasm for design create the building blocks for Ben Kampschoer’s future career. Currently studying a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and Bachelor of Construction Management, he is based at the Waterfront Campus for classes and lives on residence at the Waurn Ponds Campus.
Ben was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship after achieving an ENTER of 96.55 in his final year at Timboon P-12 School. As a Dean’s Scholar he has a dedicated academic mentor to guide him through his course, an annual scholarship of $5000 for the duration of his course and the opportunity to include a paid industry-based learning placement as part of his degree.
Originally from South West Victoria, Ben was attracted to the location of the Waterfront campus, putting him an hour closer to Melbourne. He finds the facilities at the Campus are also first rate. “The facilities at the Waterfront are great. I like the way there is a dedicated area for architecture, not many universities have that. Architecture at Deakin has practically the top two stories at the Waterfront, it’s really nice.”
Ben selected his combined course because of its reputation. “I knew other people at Deakin that were studying the course and they told me how good it was. It’s a fantastic course.”
He has always had an aptitude for and enjoyed design, so his choice of study was natural for him. As well as taking Visual Communication and Design in Year 12 he says that he found his other subjects beneficial to his current studies. “I found all of my subjects have been relevant for my degrees, especially Visual Communication and Design but even Japanese was a good subject to take as it gives you a better base, broadens your knowledge. I would encourage Year 12 students to do a combination of science and arts as it gives you a broad knowledge in all areas and creates so many directions.”
Whichever direction his degrees lead him in the future; Ben thinks sustainability will play a large role. “I think this will be a big area where you can get a lot of work in the future. It will become a big part of architecture, with widespread interest in sustainability issues.”
Ben would like to go through and complete his Masters. He loves travelling, having been overseas a few times and hopes to do a lot more. In the second year he has the opportunity to study overseas so that may create an option in the foreseeable future.
Creating environments that inspire the people who live in them is one of the passions of the new Head of the School of Architecture and Building, Professor Hisham Elkadi.
“Contemporary society needs to engage, to interact with its immediate surroundings. This interaction is very important in building pride in owning our places, in our citizenship.
“This is not only about the buildings, it is also about the spaces between, about creating neutral spaces to inspire us and draw us together as a society. It is important our surroundings create the backdrop for all elements of society to live in harmony,” he said.
Professor Elkadi comes to Deakin from the University of Ulster, where he was Chair and Head of the School of Architecture and Design for five years. Previous appointments include the University of Newcastle in the UK, where he was the School of Architecture’s Director of Postgraduate Research and Director of BA Architecture Programme, and the University of Plymouth.
Speaking about his new role, Professor Elkadi said one of his goals was to build on Deakin’s current strengths.
“We are developing excellent programs that relate directly to the role of architecture in understanding the changing nature of the environments we live in and the ecological, societal and economical challenges they are facing,” he said.
“I’m impressed by the vision and determination that exists at Deakin and I’m excited by the opportunity to contribute and build on the work the School is doing.”
Sustainable development and cultural heritage are two particular areas of interest for Professor Elkadi.
He had a leading role in the creation of the World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in times of armed conflicts (WATCH), a not-for-profit organisation based in Rome, and is a member of the UNESCO committee for the development of Landscape Architecture.
Sailing is also a passion and Professor Elkadi is looking forward to taking part in the sport in Australia.
Master of Architecture student Marina Kozul returns from overseas travels as part of a cultural exchange and previously winning a national design competition. Her bridge design was the winning entry in the national competitionopen to all Australian Architecture universities and independent student designers. The Dialectical Bridge Student Design Competition was held as part of the recent Critical Visions 2008 National RAIA conference in Sydney.
The project originated as a university design assignment for Master of Architecture students at Deakin. Out of 40 bridge designs submitted, those by Marina Kozul and James Adams were chosen to go on and compete at the national Dialectical Bridge Student Bridge Design Competition.
Students were briefed to design a conceptual Pedestrian bridge addressing the ritual of crossing a river. Culturally the bridge would join two very different cities one called Nostalgia- a city of great heritage and tradition, and the other, Zeitgeist- a newer and faster city full of development and changing technologies.
Out of hundreds of entries, around twenty bridges were short listed and placed on exhibition during the conference. Of those exhibited, five bridge designs were critiqued by panel chair Architect Chris Wilkinson from London’s Wilkinson & Eyre and a panel of national and international architects, engineers and academics.
Marina’s design used the stair and the ramp as metaphors for rapid or slow progression from one point to the other, where neither mode dominates but rather the integrated structure required both so that balance and purpose isachieved. The dialectical bridge allows two minds to cross, and for two cultures to exist as one, even if for a moment in time.
Marina used her prize of a return flight to London as part of a wider European tour, visiting the UIA World Congress Transmitting Architecture in Torino and tour of the Wilkinson & Eyre UK and International design work.
The Digital Design Laboratory of the School of Architecture and Building participated in a landmark collaborative project with their colleagues in Engineering to develop a concept vehicle for Ford Global technologies, which
“…will revolutionise the way in which automobiles are manufactured, used and perceived.”
Architecture masters student, Gregory Pitts (pictured with a vacuum formed car body) said that designing the envelope pushed the boundaries of his modeling and design skills and gave him insight into
how vehicle and manufacturing innovations in an interdisciplinary environment can deliver complex products.
The concept car, called the new Model T2 was designed with four key criteria in mind. sustainability, innovation, simplicity and irresistible Styling.
Recognising that climate change is a significant global challenge, the Model T2, can provide a solution through the use of its alternative fuel source – air. The Model T2 provides an ongoing commitment to caring for the environment in every facet, down to its newly proposed greener future environment and its simple recycle ability of the vehicles materials at the end of its life span, to the its upgradeable plug and play technological system, helping make it ‘future proof’.
The implementation of advanced materials, manufacturing techniques and an innovative design ensures passenger safety at an extremely affordable price. Our innovative solutions to everyday tasks using the latest technology save you time and connect you to the digital world.
Simplicity and Convenience
By ensuring components serve multiple purposes, through clever integration, results in an elegant and simple solution. A new dimension to vehicle maneuverability provides ultimate convenience when navigating through congested cities and a low level of maintenance provides a hassle free driving experience.
Simple and innovative design solutions are the driving force behind the Model T2. Clean body lines and an easily adaptable interior styling result in a car to suit people from all walks of life.
Associate Professor Dr. Syed Ahmad and Mr Ramli Abdullah, members of the Council of Architectural Education Malaysia, and representatives of the Board of Architects Malaysia ((LAM) visited the School on Friday 29 August, 2008.
Associate Professor Dr. Syed Ahmad and Mr Ramli Abdullah took time to familiarise themselves with the School’s programs, facilities, achievement and vision. They engaged in discussion with staff about accreditation matters and recognition of Deakin’s Master of Architecture by the Board of Architects Malaysia.
An informal forum was held with up to twenty Malaysian students currently studying architecture in the School attending. The forum proved very helpful for all parties to understand some of the concerns and issues related to their studies. The principal advice for graduates wishing to present for the registration of architects examination with the Board of Architects Malaysia is to keep meticulous documentation and copies of all course documentation including syllabus, assignments, assessment and project work.
Staff involved with this event were Dr John Rollo, Dr Sambit, James Coulson and Susan Ang and included Mimi Abdullah, currently a phD scholarship student, who is an academic staff member University Technology Mara, Malaysia.
The School of Architecture and Building recently hosted the 25th international SAHANZ (Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand) conference at the Waterfront Campus. Delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the globe attended this milestone conference in the history of the Society.
Co-convenors Ursula de Jong and David Beynon, School of Architecture and Building, said it was a privilege for Deakin to host this year’s conference, History in Practice, which explored the connections between architectural history and architectural practice.
Ursula de Jong, also one of the founding members of SAHANZ, says the speakers considered the relationship between critique and intervention, and the links between analysis and creation that lie at the complex intersections of architecture and the writing about architecture.
“They critiqued the practices of architectural history and theory, analysing the gaps, connections and contentions between them and the ongoing history of architectural practice. These relationships were further framed in terms of exchanges between: old and new; local and global; history and technology; conceptual and visual; centre and periphery; memory and evidence.”
SAHANZ provides a forum for the open discussion of architectural history and historiography of the region and setting from which to reflect on the status of the architecture, landscape and cities of Australia and New Zealand in the wider world. Throughout the last quarter century there has been an evolution of the discipline reflected within the society:
“When we started our work was ‘simple’. We focused on gathering information, documenting our architectural history, establishing an archive of architectural knowledge. Over time that has evolved, as we reflect on and interpret that information, as we begin to explore who we are and how we connect to place; how we understand our place, and consider it within the wider regional context of the Pacific and South East Asia,” says Dr de Jong.
The Architecture and Building annual journal, is a collection of exceptional student work created throughout the year.