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Travelling studios are working laboratories for design thought and production and involve the exploration of complex, real-life issues. They expose students to unfamiliar cultures, places and people, and stimulate their ability to think creatively and solve problems.
These studios aim to bring together students from architecture, urban design, landscape and planning streams and encourage an interdisciplinary focus.
Pre-trip briefings or seminars will precede the travel component of the studio. The studio will incur travel costs, in addition to tuition fees. Faculty subsidies may be available.
Specific information about Travelling Studio (Brazil)
This Travelling Studio will be carried out in partnership with the Federal University of Parana, University of Sao Paulo and Londrina State University with the aim to explore a wide spectrum of hopes and fears around design and construction approaches that can be applied to low cost social housing developments in Brazil. In this studio, ZEMCH movement being initiated in Brazilian contexts today will be employed.
ZEMCH is an acronym of ‘Zero Energy Mass Custom Homes’ reflecting global demand for sustainable housing development. Sustainability embraces housing economy and adequacy beyond the legitimacy in which the quality barely coincides with individuals' various needs, desires and expectations. In response to growing global warming issues and the constant increase of energy prices, low cost housing in Brazil needs to be designed, constructed and operated more responsibly to secure the low to zero energy use.
This ZEMCH Travelling Studio will investigate a set of architectural, building and planning solutions that can be applied to the delivery of socially, economically and environmentally sustainable homes in Brazil and the local community development and evolution. This studio will provide students with opportunities to visit some social housing developments in Londrina, attend joint lectures to be delivered by renowned local scholars, and experience a ZEMCH design development workshop at the University of Sao Paulo, where students, teachers and industry representatives will join together to maximise the interdisciplinary R&D activities that aim to demonstrate how to design the future of low cost and energy social housing developments in Brazil.
Living expenses (meals and incidentals): $300
Note: Students may be eligible to receive a one off payment of up to $1000 from Melbourne Global Mobility (conditions apply) and $800 from the Faculty - utilised towards student’s accommodation costs. Prices listed are subject to change.
This traveling studio can count as credit towards your course in one of the categories listed below
Master of Architecture: Studio C (ABPL90142), Studio D (ABPL90142), Studio E (ABPL90115) or Architecture / Multidisciplinary electives
Master of Construction Management: Multidisciplinary electives
Master of Property: Multidisciplinary electives
Master of Urban Design: Urban Design electives
Master of Urban Planning: MUP electives
For additional information about this studio: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/travelling-studios
Intended learning outcomes
- To provide students with an experience in international collaboration.
- To encourage students to identify and engage critically with specific cultural practices, industrial contexts and socio-technical traditions.
- To stimulate systematic/creative thinking and problem solving within students through their experiences of how local issues govern planning, design and construction processes in a particular location.
- Interdisciplinary teamwork.
- Understanding and navigating social and cultural differences.
- Knowledge transfer.
- Organisational collaboration.
- Managing risk.
Last updated: 18 December 2020