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Typeshifter

RMIT Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Architecture Research Design Elective // Year: 2015 Semester 2
Students: Muhammad Amirruddin Shah Ahmad Nizam, Muhammad Syahmy Aiman Abdul Latiff, Liang Chen, Chun Wo Fu, Wenjin Lai, Nan Ma, Noel Phua, Ahmad Farhan Rusman, Mery Hermita Samosir, Siu Ming Wong, Xiaoyu Zhang, Wan Nur Bahiah Zulkifli, 

OPEN LABORATORY OF TYPOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS

A design elective that was 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.  The elective viewed types as pliant, abstract, mutative and adaptable.  It analysed, questioned, and investigated existing types (small, medium, large) through drawings, diagrams and readings and asked “what else”, “what if” and “how” to produce speculative typological prototypes and ideas.

PROCESS BASED EXPERIMENTS

In conjunction with types; the research elective understood and choreographed process-based experiments as a catalyst for discovering and opening up new possibilities.  It looked at starting points, choreographing steps, filtering output and manipulating the process to generate a series of architectural propositions that may materialize in various ways: programmatic adjacencies, spatial arrangements, ornamental studies, material investigation, models, drawings, diagrams, collages.

CATALOGUE OF CONTAMINATED TYPES

Collectively and collaboratively, the elective cohort produced a catalogue of contaminated types.

It exhibited individual students’ curated works on typological analyses, process experiments (failures and triumphs), and big idea speculations.