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Studio Gamma focuses on urban density, designing a habitable environment, dwelling space and green infrastructure. The designated site is located within the urban or inner urban area of Melbourne. The studio unfolds as an exploration of design responses to the interrelated dynamics of 21st century models of urban cohabitation, urban density, and integration of human and non-human living system in an urban setting.
Underlying the undergraduate design course is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools and techniques. The focus of this design subject will be on generating design ideas, translating them into architectural and urban landscape forms, spaces, materials and programs. Students will learn how to refine architecture and its interaction with landscape architecture through consideration of spatial organisation, environmental context and structural necessity. Students will also learn how to communicate comprehensive architectural propositions through 2D- and 3D-modelling (physical and digital), visual and written media and oral presentations.
The studio develops familiarity with, and critical awareness of, processes and modes of production that are specific to architecture and the design of urban or inner suburban landscapes. Group work comprises part of the early phases of the studio as team work is a fundamental aspect of architectural practice. Students learn to negotiate individual aspirations and design propositions with multiple partners and associates.
This subject will involve the following software: Autodesk AutoCAD (recommended) or Autodesk Revit, Rhinoceros (recommended), Adobe Creative Suite (optional). Details of software availability and pricing are captured at https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/graduate-research/resources/it-support#software
Intended learning outcomes
Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:
- Understand urban systems and fabric; analyse and represent findings through multiscalar mapping and diagramming
- Understand the physical, social, cultural, historical, and ecological aspects of a particular site context, and the ability to incorporate context into architectural design projects
- Design to the specifics of the brief, understand and incorporate site and landscape interface
- Integrate historical and theoretical concepts and processes into design propositions
- Design a complex or series of interconnected buildings, that integrate and interface with urban or inner suburban landscapes
- Develop and demonstrate an understanding of scale and space from an urban to a domestic interior scale, relating to people, location and utilisation
- Negotiate individual design aspirations within the context of a team project
- Communicate and test ideas and design propositions through iterative use of orthographic drawing (analogue and digital), 3D-modelling (digital and physical), photomontage, renderings and animations
- Recognise and demonstrate awareness of the disciplinary frameworks and attributes of architecture
- Present, substantiate and advocate for design proposals in a public setting, and accept critique in a constructive manner
- Engage with and contribution to the design studio culture
Students completing this subject will have developed the following generic skills:
- Ability to generate and iteratively test design ideas
- Ability to work with design precedents
- Ability to work with different design methodologies
- Physical and digital model-making and its translation process
- Ability to integrate digital tools into the design generation and design development processes
- Graphic communication (including orthographic projections: plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and other projections)
- Verbal presentation and appropriate use of design terminology
- Time management and project management
- Constructive acceptance of feedback and criticism.
Complementary to the general skill developments and intended learning outcomes , this studio will focus on the development of the following set of specific design skills:
- Understanding of spatial thinking underlying the creation of a compact, flexible and adaptable residential building (at least 2 levels) and its translation in floor plan, section, and spatial configuration;
- Understanding of spatial hierarchy (private-public; main-auxiliary; living-service) and programmatic composition of a residential building (sleeping/living/ablution/eating/cooking/storing/working);
- Understanding of and ability to evaluate spatial experiences associated with dwelling, house and residential building as well as awareness of architectural and landscape elements that shape and affect these experiences;
- Understanding of compositional syntaxes, materiality, landscape features and their effects in a constrained and built-up inner urban context;
- Understanding and awareness of design standards associated with residential typology (e.g. stairs, bathroom, kitchen, courtyard/backyard, roof system, storage system, parking requirements, disability standard, design requirement for ageing population);
- Understanding of environmental performances of residential building and the environmental impact of housing densification through consideration of the sustainability of non-human living systems of their sites, urban heat island effect;
- Understanding and applications of passive design principles, rainwater harvesting system, vertical garden, productive landscape in residential building;
- Understanding of the relationship between architectural forms, urban morphology and site conditions in an inner urban context and their considerations in a design process.
Last updated: 4 February 2023