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This subject explores the documentation and representation of particular sites in Melbourne and elsewhere. The subject engages with design considerations outside the design studio context. The notion of site and place is explored through a number of theoretical themes and hands-on creative, representational techniques including mapping, photography, film, sound and writing. These themes are further investigated through the subject reader, lectures and seminar discussions. Equal emphasis is placed on theoretical problems of understanding contemporary contexts, and creative, representational techniques for documenting specific places. The major submission requires a well researched and presented 'Atlas' that evokes the memory of a place of choice. Typically the culmination of the subject is an exhibition.
Intended learning outcomes
Objectives of the subject include:
- To develop awareness in context and historical analysis, and encourage positive exchange between deeper understanding of places and design interventions;
- To expose students to varied methodologies of representing, documenting and analysing particular sites through lectures, seminar discussions, reading and project based analysis and creativity;
- To allow students creative scope to develop a detailed documentation of one site.
- Build on critical skills in evaluating key texts in the area of place-making and representation;
- Build on technical skills in methods of visual documentation and presentation (for example drawing, photography and mapping).
Last updated: 29 July 2022