School of Architecture and Built Environment
News 2012

November 2012 Cultural Ecology Symposium
November 2012 Real & Fantasy Cities
November 2012 A&B Nepal Connection
November 2012 The Split Case
November 2012 TEMC Experience
November 2012 Connections with China
November 2012 UDIA Builds on Change
November 2012 Geelong by Design
November 2012 Premier Attends Vision 2 Launch
November 2012 Vision 2 Explored Public Lecture
November 2012 The Democratic Art of Urbanism
July 2012 Fragments of Landscape: East - West Fusions Exhibition
July 2012 Vision 2 Workshop 1
July 2012 Climate Change Funding Success for Architecture and Building
July 2012 Shadow-Lands Exhibition
July 2012 Distinguished Lecture on Construction Management
July 2012 Geelong Future Proofing
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Cultural Ecology Symposium Cultural Ecology

This two day event hosted by the School featured presentations and interventions by a small but distinguished group of scholars working across disciplines but sharing a concern with the issues that define cultural ecology in the twenty-first century.
The focus was on the embedded inscriptions of global economies of mobility and diversity of cultures that are written into places, cities, architectures and environments (rural and natural), and therefore on the identification of methodologies that can capture these. The CE symposium presented a keynote address by Professor Marwan Ghandour from Iowa State University on The Evolution of American Midwestern Landscape. This research investigates the relationship between the early mapping and surveys of Iowa in the 19th century and the morphology of the contemporary landscape. The findings of this historical research became the basis of the AIA funded project, in which a strategy of spatial regeneration for Iowa was developed to address the social, environmental and material waste produced by the demise of family farming and the growing efficiency in industrial agriculture.

Real & Fantasy Cities kids in design

‘Kids in Design’ is an exciting collaborative design project. Twelve talented Architecture students from Deakin University worked with 25 year 6-8 students from Northern Bay P-12 College to design an urban structure in Geelong. The design ideas are inspired by fantasy cities such as Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castles, Lord of the Rings, etc. There was an exhibition hosted in the Gallery of School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University on Tuesday 6th November.



A&B Nepal Connection Nepal Connection

The December issue of the journal Mountain Research and Development will contain a paper by Dr Bob Fuller entitled “Solar greenhouse technology for food security: a case study from Humla district, NW Nepal”. It describes his research into the use of solar greenhouses to produce food for the people who live in the mountains of that country. Dr Fuller conducted several research projects with an NGO working in Humla in 2007 and 2008. The photo above shows a typical Humli village.
At least two recent past A & B students have also worked in Nepal with OzQuest/Architects Without Frontiers. Annabel Sawyer and Matt Francis subsequently chose a final year thesis subject related to their experiences there. Papers co-written with Dr Fuller are currently being peer-reviewed for Solar’12, the Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society.



The Split Case The Split Case

The book The Split Case: Density, Intensity, Resilience edited by Darko Radovic, Davisi Boontharm, Kengo Kuma and Ana Grgic was launched at The Mediterranean Centre for Built Heritage on 2nd October 2012, Diocletian Palace, Split, Croatia, accompanied by the exhibition of drawings by Davisi Boontharm.
The book is a research publication issued from the Research Project Measuring the non-measurable (granted by the Japanese government). The contributors of the book are local experts and the participants of the international workshop at Split in 2011 from University of Split, Keio University and University of Tokyo.



TEMC Experience

The Australasian Tertiary Education Management conference was held in Adelaide in September and Monique Cahill, School Administrative Officer -Finance and HR, was provided the opportunity to attend. TEMC 2012 focused on several key areas: student experience and engagement, human resources, staff impact on outcomes, facilities design and management, technology developments and environmental sustainability.
The conference began with a welcome event at the Adelaide Zoo, enjoying supper under the stars in close proximity to the giant pandas. There were three inspirational key note speakers, namely Khoa Do, Phillip Adams and Adam Spencer. The concurrent sessions were absorbing and held highly relevant information from presenters. The conference finished with the Legends of Rock dinner.

Connections with China

In September, Professor Tes Toop (Director International Research Initiatives), Dr. Russ Walker, Director, Strategic Partnerships (Technology) and Dr. Giri Kattel (School of Architecture and Building) attended the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) Symposium. The symposium highlighted a long and strong collaboration in science and research and also commemorated 40 years of formal diplomatic relations between two nations.
Deakin University has significant collaborative research with Chinese universities on areas including: materials engineering, lightweight materials for the auto industry, textiles and new materials, ecology and environmental management, nanotechnology, biotechnology, agribiotech and mental health. This symposium has opened the potential of collaborative research between Deakin scientists and Chinese universities in the future.

UDIA Builds on Change UDIA Conference

Professor Hisham Elkadi was the keynote speaker in this year’s UDIA conference. The theme discussed was Change for the Bellarine Peninsula. The lecture focussed on the need to meet future demands of competing cities, ecological challenges, and societal changes.
Looking into the future of the Geelong region, Professor Elkadi believes that Geelong will be a creative city where people enjoy a life style connected to its ecologically diverse, beautiful and yet sustainable environments; a smart UniverCity where innovation, creativity, and ideas buzz around well-designed cafes and public places within its brilliant north facing bay; a place for brains not brawns. He also believes Geelong will be a well linked accessible and healthy city that cares for its population where they can jog and walk safely across its ecological park - Healthy Happy Smart.

Geelong by Design

In an interview on the Radio National ‘By Design’ programme, Professor Hisham Elkadi highlighted the contemporary role of regional cities and the need for a revised partnership model for the regeneration of regional cities. You can listen to the interview on:

Premier attends Vision 2 launch

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

Vision 2 Explored public lecture

On 17 October Project Director Professor Hisham Elkadi delivered a public lecture on Vision 2. Professor Elkadi revealed a draft design proposal for central Geelong which will then form the basis for public consultation and feedback.
The proposal was developed following a collaborative creative process that involved some of Australia’s leading urban designers and architects as well as civic, business and community leaders. More than 60 architects, designers, planners and local community leaders participated in workshops resulting in the drafting of 15 initial thematic concepts. These concepts were then tested at a subsequent workshop from which a draft proposal was developed.
Those wishing to comment on the project can visit the Vision 2 website at or call into the Vision 2 gallery at Deakin’s Waterfront campus.

"The Democratic Art of Urbanism"

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 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.


Fragments of Landscape: East - West Fusions Exhibition

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
Deakin University

Please see the PDF for more information.


Vision 2 workshop 1

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 for further information on the project and to join the discussion on the future direction for central Geelong.

Climate change funding success for Architecture and Building

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.

Shadow-lands exhibition

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.

Jan Gehl public lecture

Jan GehlProf. Jan Gehl recently delivered a public lecture at Deakin University's waterfront campus.
The lecture is available online from iTunesU.







Deakin hosts distinguished lecture on construction management

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.

Geelong Future Proofing

GFPProfessor 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.




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