RMIT Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Architecture – Design Research Elective
DESIGN RESEARCH ELECTIVE
OPEN LABORATORY OF TYPOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS
A design elective that will be an open laboratory of typological experimentations looking at how contaminations of ‘other’ typologies can assist in re-inventing core architectural elements (form, circulation, function, etc.) to affect other types. We will view types as pliant, abstract, mutative and adaptable. We will analyse, question, and investigate existing types (small, medium, large) through drawings, diagrams and readings and ask “what else”, “what if” and “how” to produce speculative typological prototypes and ideas.
Creative Hub // Location: Footscray, Australia // Year: 2015
Located in the historic Docklands Cotton Mills in Footscray, Australia, the project was envisioned as a place of making, creativity, collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. A self-built project by SUPERSCALE+MIMAW, Studio Ocho Ocho (Stage 1) is an architectural exploration on typological contamination focusing on spatial arrangements.
The studio will expose students to two very different but we believe very complimentary design methodologies; 1. Rigorous site investigations and 2. Process-based experiments. This will allow students to examine opportunities and possibilities for the architectural project through a very particular methodical processes.
The studio is structured around a series of workshops and exercises that privilege form making, leading to the design of a speculative suburban hybrid public library. Each exercise will focus on pure civic form, form and spatial, programmatic arrangements and form and landscape.
This studio is a workshop of strategies and techniques for architectural production, influenced by type, culminating in the design of a speculative hybrid public library. The studio aims to simultaneously expose students to two design methodologies to produce a ‘toolbox’ of strategies, techniques and ideas through rigorous site investigations, generative techniques and precedent research to inform their propositions and formulate a critical position. The studio will attempt to develop speculative proposals for the contemporary public library focusing on the design of; (A) the public space and civic edge, (B) form and facade, (C) spatial and programmatic arrangements.
WONDERSTUFF & TURBULENCE: THE RMIT BUILDING 36 PROJECT
RMIT Masters of Architecture Design Studio
Vivian Mitsogianni + Paul Morgan with RMIT Property Services, Patrick Macasaet and Helen Duong
WONDERSTUFF & TURBULENCE: THE RMIT BUILDING 36 PROJECT Master of Architecture Design studio is a union of two on-going design practice research projects: The Speculative Campus Project led by Vivian Mitsogianni (which explores speculative design propositions for University Learning Environments using process-based design experiments) and the design research projects of Paul Morgan Architects (who have long-standing expertise in the design of VET and University spaces). The projects are brought together by RMIT Property Services to develop speculative and experimental propositions for University Buildings, using the “real world” project of RMIT Building 36 in Swanston St Melbourne. The design studio is a collaboration between RMIT Architecture Students, and the research project. Read more…
The SUPERSCALE and MIMAW team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our ‘Bayanihan Pins’ fund raising project. On November 28 2013, we launched the project after a week of swift and intense planning in light of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines and with your help we were able to raise AUD$950 equivalent to nearly ₱38300 donated to RED CROSS AUSTRALIA in time for 2013 Christmas!
To help the victims of one of the strongest storms ever recorded to hit the Philippines, we are raising funds to donate to the Red Cross for Christmas through the potentials of open-source design and 3d printing. Instead of giving a one-off donation, we hope this small project will create a ripple and amplify our intentions a hundred fold.
Furniture & Small Scale 3D Printing // Design Development // Location: Melbourne, Victoria Year: 2013 – ongoing
In the hyper-connected world we live in where data flows fast and instantly shared – what if we can do the same to everyday objects? What if the object is continually improved, not by the original designers, but by people who use them to adapt it for their needs? STICKS & STONES is an exploratory design series that tests the possibilities of small-scale desktop 3d printing to produce customised furniture with locally sourced materials. In addition, the series investigates the potential of 3d printing as an alternative avenue in producing functional objects whilst reducing manufacturing and shipping costs. It also celebrates and embraces the potential of the web to share, improve and adapt data where users can readily modify objects to their specific needs and then share again. Read more…
Industrial // Schematic Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia // Year: 2013
The design approach explored the local context and investigated the warehouse typology of Sabah. Characterised by large framed windows, clear delineation between transparent and solid and fragmented facades – the designs embraced the local language and re-interprets these conditions.
The façade creates a new role – it begins to act as a unifying element that binds the complex together and produces different effects.
Studio & Small Scale 3D Printing // Schematic Location: Melbourne, Australia // Year: 2013
Inspired by our trip to Dubai and aeolian processes, we designed a scupltural and experimental ceiling utilizing 3d printing techniques. The design allows us to test out the possibilities, limitations and capabilities of small scale 3D printing and its materials.
Research – Academia Thesis Project// Project: You’re My Type Location: Melbourne, Victoria// Year: 2011// Supervisor: Dr. Vivian Mitsogianni Awards:
Anne Butler Memorial Award 2011
Leon Van Schaik 25th Anniversary Peer-Assessed Award 2011
AIA Combined University Graduate Prize 2011 Shortlist
This project considers and explores how contaminations of ‘other’ typologies can assist in re-inventing programmatic organization and spatial arrangements. The project investigates how particular strategies of making, influenced by type, can generate new propositions for learning environments and the library. As a testing ground, a generated “what-if” scenario proposes RMIT’s first civic-academic library and merges the three existing city libraries (Swanston, Carlton and Business Library).
Research – Academia Thesis Project // Project: Collections of an Old Town Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia // Year: 2011 // Supervisor: Rutger Pasman
The old towns of Southeast Asia are in a crisis. An unseen urge for modernisation has led vast culturally and historically important urban landscapes into a polarisation of disrepair and restoration. This project uses the questions of contemporary life in Ipoh’s labelled civic buildings to rejuvenate the old town urban landscape. Designed as monuments in the landscape, the role of existing civic buildings has deteriorated and a growing disconnection between them and the civil urban life has appeared.
Research – Academia // Project: Stadium 50 // Location:Abbotsford, Victoria // Year: 2011
The research focuses on rule-based process driven design methodologies to address Melbourne’s changing patterns of inhabitation culminating in the design of a multi-unit residential project. Stadium 50 focuses on a triple thread of ideas and positions:
“Programmatic Dispersal”: defined as the dispersal of program groups (i.e. amenities, apartments, plaza) to intensify the interaction between residents.
“Programme Saturation”: the saturation of rigid programming to generate fields of social encounter.
“Variation of Intensities”: relates to maximizing apartment types, but also embraces variation of scales and use.
In essence, the project aspires to push forward and intensify the communal and social dimension of the residential development. The research is interested in exploring those ideas through process-based experiments with the intention of amplifying the potential relationships in an existing type.
SUPERSCALE is a young Melbourne-based design practice that is part-real, speculative and visual. We operate in a variety of modes to explore architectural, product and visual solutions for both real-world applications and investigative research.