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Wonderstuff & Turbulence: The RMIT Building 36 Project

RMIT Masters of Architecture Design Studio // Year: 2014 Semester 1 with Vivian Mitsogianni, Paul Morgan, Helen Duong and RMIT Property Services
Students: Hiu Fai Choi, Marc Gibson, Vicki Karavasil, Trung Hau Le, Matthew Lloyd, Rebecca McGlade, Bonnie Mills, Renee Soulibe, Sherman Tan, Jordan Wells

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.



The studio is a laboratory for experiments with generative processes and techniques and examines the possibilities for the architectural project.  A thorough and nuanced exploration and focus on form is a significant focus (including strategies for generating form, attention to what things ‘look like’, new modes and ways of thinking about composition and what it might all ‘mean’).  Form will not be considered as a consequence or bi-product of other concerns (planning, site constraints, theoretical frameworks and justifications) but as operative and a vital part of the discipline of architecture – with a history in the discipline – and an important part of the craft of architecture as well as a vehicle to engage with the world beyond the discipline.



The studio will speculate on new models for university learning environments, springing from existing “best-practice” propositions and asking what else, what next?


Studio Poster by: Vivian Mitsogianni
Base Image: ‘Toxic Avenger” by Yoshimitsu Umekawa