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2015 PAVLOVA Studio Poster

Patrick Macasaet will be teaching First Year Design Studio as a Studio Associate as well as a Communications Tutor at RMIT University, Bachelor of Architectural Studies Program.  Led by Dr. Michael Spooner, the first year studios’ curatorial agenda have been reframed and focuses on three streams: Atlas, Codex and Pavlova.  The Lyons House Museum will form the focus of each studio stream.

The studio will realise an intervention in the white box gallery of the Lyon Housemuseum.

The studio will explore the process of developing generative rule-sets and protocols as a compositional diagrammatic device for the organisation of individual components that collectively give rise to unexpected formal behaviours. These processes will be coupled with fictive scenarios to direct their inherent architectural qualities in the realisation of a contingent spatial outcome.

The studio will critically interrogate how a designer can harness emergent properties of generative processes to realise complex, performative and enigmatic architecture.

“A Pavlova is essentially the result of controlling the viscosity of egg whites and sugar through energy transfer, its success or failure relational to its atmospheric context and the nature of tools used.  More specifi cally Pavlova represents our innate desire to extrapolate knowledge from the material world and sculpt it to our will through the creation of tools, processes and representation techniques such as recipes, diagrams and whisks. Notoriously diffi cult to make, recognizing the risk of it failing is crucial to its innovation.

Whilst the exact origins of Pavlova are debated, it is less debatable that it is delicious.

This studio is interested in a critical examination of intent by the designer in the design of process rather than the object with a concern to developing criteria for what is delicious and how to repeat it.”



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