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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 will, however, be available.
SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELLING STUDIO (PHILIPPINES)
This studio facilitates interdisciplinary teaching and learning approaches in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture. It will bring together staff and students of the Melbourne School of Design and the University of the Philippines. These engagements will enable students to understand and to develop design and planning responses to informal urbanism as a global phenomenon. Students will undertake analysis and design/planning inventions on one or more of the following issues: informal settlement, in-situ upgrading, citizen-based planning, informal land tenure, informal transport, walkability, informal street trading and governance.
These projects will be focused on the North Triangle area of Manila (14°39'07.93" N 121°02'10.38" E) and the settlement of San Roque with its associated transit networks, trading and employment opportunities. We will work with the San Roque community (and the San Roque Alliance) who seek help in exploring visions for on-site redevelopment with upgraded infrastructure and maintenance of livelihoods including street vending and transport. This is a community faced with forced eviction from houses they own, land they have occupied and livelihoods they have developed over 40 years. The focus of particular student projects may include community planning, housing, community buildings, infrastructure, open space, walkable access networks, governance frameworks and political strategies.
This subject will:
- Provide students with opportunities for cross-cultural, interdisciplinary education through immersion and active collaboration with local academics, students, planners, practitioners and community members.
- Provide student with opportunities to understand the complexities and multiple, conflicting perceptions of informal urbanism in Asian cities as both positive and negative contributors to urban life and vibrancy.
- Expose students to real-life problems confronted by inhabitants of informal settlement, and discover how these issues are currently addressed by the city’s planners and designers.
- Provide students with the opportunity to assess the role of design professions in understanding the problems/issues associated with informal urbanism.
Return Flights: $800
Accommodation: $800 (13 night, up to $61.50 per night)
Local Travel: $20
Living expenses (meals and incidentals): $550 (11 days, $50 per day)
Note: Prices listed are subject to change. Participating students will receive a one-off subsidy of $800 from the Faculty utilised towards student’s accommodation costs and may be eligible to receive a one off payment of up to $1,000 from Melbourne Global Mobility (conditions apply).
This travelling studio can count as credit towards your course in one of the categories listed below:
- Master of Architecture: ABPL90143 (Master of Architecture Studio D), ABPL90115 (Master of Architecture Studio E), Architecture specialisation (discipline) elective, multidisciplinary elective
- Master of Construction Management: multidisciplinary elective
- Master of Landscape Architecture: ABPL90170 Landscape Studio 4: Strategies [with prerequisite ABPL90319 GIS in Planning, Design and Development], ABPL90072 Landscape Studio 5: Sustainable Urbanism, Landscape Architecture specialisation (discipline) elective, multidisciplinary elective
- Master of Property: multidisciplinary elective
- Master of Urban Design: ABPL90061 Urban Design Studio A, ABPL90273 Urban Design Studio B, ABPL90389 Urban Design Studio C, Urban Design specialisation (discipline) elective
- Master of Urban Planning: Urban Planning specialisation (discipline) elective, multidisciplinary elective
For further information please check the following link: https://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/graduate/subject-options/travelling-studios
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this studio students will be able to:
- analyse and apply knowledge of the broad relations of formal and informal urbanism in the production of the city
- analyse and apply knowledge of the challenges of urban governance in relation to informal settlement, street trading and transport
- analyse and apply knowledge of the social, spatial and economic context of informal trading and its relations to formal shops, pedestrian flows and informal public transport.
- analyse and apply knowledge of the social, spatial, morphological and economic factors of informal settlement and the ways it encroaches on and within the formal city.
- analyse and apply knowledge of how various urban stakeholders (city officials, development NGOs and grassroots organizations) manage the issues involving informal settlement, street trading and transport.
- analyse and apply knowledge of how to apply understanding of urban informality gained from this studio to any other city, including more formal cities of the Global North.
- Interdisciplinary teamwork
- Understanding and navigating social and cultural differences
- Knowledge transfer
- Organisational collaboration
- Managing risk
Last updated: 16 March 2020