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CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013
Local RMIT Architecture events are listed below. For international news and events see also RMIT Architecture News
For further Events information contact:
Phone: +61 3 9925 9799
Robotic Formations: the Architectural Implications of Digital Fabrication
Roland Snooks, RMIT Architecture, Practice: Kokkugia
Dave Pigram, Practice: supermanoeuvre
Ammar Mirjan + Jason Lim, Practice: Gramazio Kohler / DFAB
Date: Friday May 17th, 2pm - 5pm.
Venue: RMIT Design Hub (Building 100), Level 3 lecture theatre, corner Swanston & Victoria Streets, Melbourne
This symposium explores the convergence of robotics and algorithmic processes in architectural design and fabrication.
SYMPOSIUM + BOOK LAUNCH
The Innovation imperative: Architectures of Vitality
Date: Tuesday May 7th, 2.00 –7.30pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub (Building 100), Level 1 Theatre, Corner Swanston & Victoria Streets, Melbourne
Presenters: Mark Burry, Oron Catts, Terry Cutler, Pia Ednie-Brown, Jondi Keane, Francois Roche, Anna Tweedale, Veronika Valk, Gretchen Wilkins.
This symposium aims to unpack issues explored in the new AD publication – The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality. There will be two sessions of presentations and discussion:
1. Armatures for Collective Action
2. Strange Vitality: flights of creative practice followed by the book launch.
This event will be accompanied by the launch of the Ideas that Fly project.
For more info see: ideasthatfly.net
AD: The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality
Pia Ednie-Brown, Mark Burry, Andrew Burrow
London: Wiley, 2013
The pressure to innovate has become pervasive. Both inside and outside the architectural profession we are increasingly pressed by the quest for the new; by an innovation imperative. But what does ‘innovation’ really mean for architecture? Predominantly framed in terms of technological invention, economics and consumption, the notion of innovation is often problematically applied to the arts. Design and creativity are widely considered as drivers within innovation economies, but how can architects understand and approach the imperative to innovate meaningfully, ethically and on their own terms? Suggesting a process that is fundamentally emergent, collective and environmentally situated, The Innovation Imperative explores architectural innovation in terms of the production of vitality. Emphasising attention to ways of doing as key to innovation, this title of AD brings together historical perspectives with a range of leading provocative, emerging approaches to architectural practice that together offer fresh insight into the often vague and ubiquitous atmospheres of innovation-speak. Ultimately, this issue asks how an emphasis on vitality might offer a more nuanced understanding of the aesthetic value and ethical know-how intertwined within innovative architectural endeavour.
Contributors include: Mario Carpo, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Jondi Keane, Brian Massumi, Leon van Schaik, Michael Weinstock, and Gretchen Wilkins and Liam Young.
Featured architects and designers include: Arakawa and Gins, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Greg Lynn, MOS (Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample), Francois Roche, Veronika Valk and Vergelabs.
Dermoid architectural installation Dermoid is a cutting-edge, large-scale architectural installation produced in collaboration with SIAL RMIT, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen and RMIT Fashion and Textiles.
RMIT DESIGN HUB EXHIBITION
Convergence: Transforming Our Future, Design Research Institute
Venue: Level 1-3 and throughout the RMIT Design Hub (Cnr Swanston and Victoria Pde)
Opening: 02.05.2013 @ 6 pm
Dates: 03.05.2013 - 24.05.2013
Convergence: Transforming Our Future is an exhibition and event program showcasing five years of world–class, trans-disciplinary practice at the Design Research Institute, RMIT University.
Convergence Exhibition Program (pdf)
The exhibition environment is drawn from the notion of three explicit research threads – Future Fabric of Cities, Mediated City and Urban Technology Nexus – that offer distinct experiences of design innovation yet weave and interconnect towards a common goal: excellence in design research. Using the simple circle as a starting point – the dominant motif of the building and a metaphor for the collective ‘whole’ – research threads are extracted expressed via arrangement in thematic clustering, folding circular form and coding via colour. This vibrant and sliding colour scale intensifies at a singular project, clearly marking it to a distinct flagship framework yet indicating its relationship to the collective. Conceived of as a layered experience with a duality of entrances, the exhibition opens up RMIT Design Hub to the public for the first time over a number of floors. Exhibits include a diverse range of mediums including a visualization mapping five years of the DRI, a publication ‘reading room’, large-scale architectural installation, soundscape, projection, models, drawings, objects, textiles and a ‘theatre in the round’ for performance, workshops and interactive events.
Curated by: Fleur Watson, RMIT Design Hub; Ewan McEoin, Studio Propeller
Exhibition Assistant: Kate Riggs
Exhibition design: Amy Muir, Muir Mendes; Stuart Geddes, Chase & Galley
Materials and Material Processes | Symposium
Date: Thursday May 9th, 2:30pm-4pm.
Venue: RMIT Design Hub (Building 100), Level 1 Theatre, Corner Swanston & Victoria Streets, Melbourne
Roland Snooks and Leanne Zilka, RMIT Architecture
Jane Burry, Director, RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
Martin Tamke, Associate Professor, Centre for Information Technology & Architecture (CITA), Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Materials and Material Processes is a symposium exploring the relationship between the behavior of material and architectural design. Roland Snooks, Jane Burry, Leanne Zilka and Martin Tamke will present and discuss four installation projects from the Design Research Institute (DRI) Convergence exhibition.
PECHA KUCHA PRESENTATIONS
Venue: RMIT Design Hub
Date: Thursday 9th May 2013, 6.30pm
Presenters: Baracco+Wright, Richard Stampton, Architecture Architecture, Gunn Dyring, Searle X Waldron and special guests Frank Godsell & Patricia Corrigan.
As part of the Convergence Design Research Institute Exhibition at RMIT Design Hub we are presenting a Pecha Kucha style (20 slides X 20 seconds) evening on Thursday 9th May from 6.30pm. Some of you may be aware of the Affirmative Architecture Symposium that has been held in Melbourne in 2010 and Perth in 2011 and will be in Sydney in 2013. Funded in part by the DRI the symposium has attracted an audience of over 800 people to its two day event that seeks to define the emergence of a new generation of architects that have re-engaged with understanding a greater role for architecture in society. More Affirmative Architecture will look to a new group of practices in Melbourne that are pursuing a social and community agenda for architecture. As with all Pecha Kucha events Drinks will be served and Design Hub will be open to view the Convergence Exhibition.
Pecha Kucha is devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture
Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope
Curator: Vanessa Gerrans
Opening: Friday 12 April, 6-8 pm
Dates: 12 April – 8 June
Venue: RMIT Gallery
Architect, set and costume designer Peter Corrigan is well known for designing RMIT’s Building 8 - a campus landmark and city icon. Regarded as one of the most outstanding postmodern buildings in Melbourne today, Building 8 combines the bold vision and whimsical style that is Corrigan’s trademark. Dr Peter Corrigan is an RMIT Architecture Professor and RAIA Gold Medal winning architect which is the highest national architectural award. His architectural practice Edmond and Corrigan with Maggie Edmond is widely published and awarded with notable projects that include the Athan House and RMIT Building 8, which won the RAIA Walter Burley Griffin National Award for Urban Design, 1995. The architect has also brought his vision to the set and costume designs for many prestigious productions of ballet, drama and opera including The Grand Macabre for Barrie Kosky at the Komische Oper House Berlin in 2005 and the opera Falstaff directed by Tama Matheson, staged at Oper Graz, Austria in January 2013. In March 2013 Peter was announced the winner of the prestigious National AIA Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize which recognises an outstanding contribution in architectural education in teaching, research, leadership and community service.
Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope traces the creative focus of this remarkable Australian architect, bringing to life many of his designs over four decades including architectural models and drawings by Edmond and Corrigan; set and costume designs for theatre; artworks, records and notations from his personal collection and key works selected from public collections which have enriched his practice. The exhibition will also feature a selection from Corrigan’s vast personal library of over 3000 books; among them key architectural works such as J Leeke’s 1669 Vignola, early editions of Palladio, and major collections on Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. The exhibition includes more than 150 artworks, including extensive Kabuki prints and works by Rick Amor, Juan Davila, Roger Kemp, Philip Hunter and Joseph Beuys. 22 Melbourne architects provide colourful responses.
Exhibition curator Vanessa Gerrans said that “this portrait exhibition offers a flavour and an insight into Peter's life and design method. It showcases the cultural dimension of architecture and design by revealing the diversity of sources upon which creative practitioners like Peter Corrigan draw. These works capture the colour, spirit and expression of Corrigan’s inquiries, complementing his commitment to architecture, cultural history and ideas.”
A graduate of Yale University in the USA, where he completed a Master Degree in Environmental Design, Corrigan was a champion of the Melbourne suburbs, finding “fabulous energy” in the often derided vernacular. The phrase “cities of hope” was coined by Corrigan to express his feeling that “architecture should enhance that sense of a defining difference which is central to what makes a culture rich and its citizens proud.”
“Peter has a reputation for being a maverick designer who takes risks, yet he is also a culture hero whose colourful, contrary nature reminds us that nothing should remain static. Combined with his rich imagination and critical engagement in architecture, ideas and education, Peter’s work offers an expression of renewal and hope for the future.” - Vanessa Gerrans, Curator.
We invite everyone to take advantage of our free public programs at RMIT Gallery. Bookings essential: 9925 1717
Thurs 18 April: 5.30 – 8 pm: Film Screening: Louis Kahn – My Architect (2003) Dir. Nathaniel Kahn. Introduced by architect Louis Sauer. Free.
Thurs 9 May: 5.30 – 8 pm: Film Screening: The Belly of an Architect (2000) Dir. Peter Greenaway. Introduced by architect Stuart Harrison (3RRR The Architects). Free.
Thurs 30 May 5.30 – 6.30 pm Artist Philip Hunter and curator Vanessa Gerrans discuss Peter Corrigan’s impact and vision. Free.
Thurs 6 June 5.30-6.30 pm Spotlight on Corrigan: With Justin Clemens, academic and theatre director Michael Kantor. Free
The Lover (based on a novel by by Marguerite Duras)
Director: Greg Carroll
Set and Costume Design: Peter Corrigan
Cast: Kate Kendall
Venue: RMIT Gallery
Dates: 14 May – 25 May
Cost: $35 adult and $30 Con.
Bookings through Trybooking: http://www.trybooking.com/COKZ
As part of the exhibition, a revival season of a play based on Marguerite Duras' bestselling novel The Lover, starring Stingers and Neighbours star Kate Kendall, directed by Greg Carroll with set design by Peter Corrigan, will be held at RMIT Gallery from 14 May – 25 May 2013. The Lover performed to a sell-out Melbourne season in 2007. Kate Kendall received rave reviews in this gripping one-woman rendition of the screenplay adapted by Colin Duckworth. Set in prewar Indochina, the play explores a woman’s memory of her tumultuous adolescent affair with an older Chinese man amidst her search for the origins of her passion to write.
“This is a rare opportunity to experience first hand the relationship between Corrigan's engagement with theatre and design. Corrigan's stark white set evokes the intense heat of Saigon and the sparse luminosity of Duras' prose.” - Vanessa Gerrans, Curator.
Edmond & Corrigan Houses Tour
Sunday 28 April: 10.00 – 4 pm
The Robin Boyd Foundation is organising tours of Edmond & Corrigan houses.
Please note – fee applies. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
All bookings through the Robin Boyd Foundation:
Romberg and Shaw, Glenunga Flats, Armadale, 1940.
RMIT DESIGN ARCHIVE EXHIBITION
Frederick Romberg: an architectural survey
Venue: RMIT Design Design Hub Window Gallery, corner Victoria and Swanston Street, Melbourne
Dates: 13-21 April, 2013
The life and design of eminent Melbourne architect Frederick Romberg is celebrated in a new exhibition launched at RMIT University during Australian Heritage Week (13-21 April). Frederick Romberg (1913-1992): an architectural survey draws on the remarkable Romberg Collection, housed at the RMIT Design Archives. As part of the exhibition, filmmaker Keith Deverell delves into the printed material, scrapbooks, photograph albums, correspondence and personal papers that form the collection for his short film, which can be viewed online and at RMIT's Design Hub window gallery. A special edition of the RMIT Design Archives Journal features a series of posters exploring the life, memories and iconic designs of the Swiss-trained architect, who migrated to Australia in 1938 and later taught architecture at RMIT's predecessor institution, Melbourne Technical College. Four pieces from the Romberg Collection are the focus of the project:
- a poignant tin box that contains Romberg's student portfolio, which he brought with him on his journey to Australia;
- a presentation photograph album of his early work;
- a red cloth album documenting a return journey to Europe; and,
- a large green scrapbook that collages the work from Romberg's career and exhibits the hand of the architect in its creation.
Compilation of objects from the Romberg Collection,
including his thesis design for the Dolder Grand Hotel,
final year project at ETH-Zurich, 1937.
Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History and Director of the RMIT Design Archives, said Frederick Romberg (1913-1992): an architectural survey was the result of a collaborative interdisciplinary project: "We approached the Romberg Collection with the intention of examining not only his architectural output, but the many ways in which the collection might be seen to work and have implications for contemporary discourse on design," she said. "The artefacts produced by the project will in turn be brought into the RMIT Design Archives, constituting a collection within a collection." The exhibition forms part of the "RMIT Design Archives: Disseminating Victoria's Design Heritage" project, which is supported through funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program.
Frederick Romberg, Romberg House, Heidelberg, 1941.
Images courtesy RMIT Design Archives.
architecture, design and art practice training research
EU funded PhD practice research partnership between RMIT and leading EU Institutions
EU GRANT AWARDED FOR RMIT ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN PHD PRACTICE TRAINING PARTNERSHIP
Grant: Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training Research (ADAPT-r) funding
Value: €4Million EUR over 4 years
Programme: EU Marie Curie Actions programme of FP7
Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (EU Coordinating Partner)
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Art School of Aarhus, Denmark
University of Westminster, United Kingdom
RMIT University in Melbourne has been awarded €4million under the EU Marie Curie Actions programme of FP7 shared with a consortium of universities in the Netherlands, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Finland to support the establishment of a PhD practice research training network.
The Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training research (ADAPT-r ITN) aims to significantly increase European research capacity through the dissemination and uptake of the unique and ground-breaking PhD practice research (by project) model developed by the RMIT School of Architecture and Design over the past 25 years.
RMIT is the first Australian institution to be funded under the this program and RMIT will work in partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; the Art School of Aarhus, Denmark, and the University of Westminster, United Kingdom.
More information on the project:
RMIT Architecture and Design Research:
The ADAPT-r project builds on the establishment of the RMIT University Creative Practice Research PhD program in Ghent, Belgium in 2010. This effectively mirrors the long running RMIT School of Architecture and Design PhD research program in Melbourne. A Practice Research Symposia (PRS) is held in the EU twice a year involving EU and internationally-based RMIT PhD candidates presenting work in progress to international panels, with candidate examinations and exhibitions and related public lectures, conferences and workshops.
The ADAPT-r ITN funding enables the significant expansion of this program. It will result in the awarding 32 Fellowships and involve the participation of EU partner institutions in a cycle of 8 PRS PhD research training conferences over 4 years, a major research conference, a major exhibition, documented through three key books and a web site providing public access to research and events.
UPCOMING ADAPT-r EVENTS:
ADAPT-r SYMPOSIUM 1
Venue: UPC Diagonal, Barcelona
Date: 22 April 2013
One day event with 10 invited speakers from RMIT and the EU to discuss design practice research and the ADAPT-r project.
ADAPT-r SYMPOSIUM 2
Venue: Elisava, La Rambla 30-32, Barcelona
Date: 23 April 2013
This half day event with 11 invited speakers from RMIT and EU partner institutions will include presentations of completed RMIT Architecture and Design PhD by practice case-study projects.
Venue: RMIT Campus, 2 Minerva, Barcelona
This exhibition will feature completed RMIT Architecture and Design PhD by practice case-study projects.
ADAPT-r PRACTICE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (PRS)
Venue: Sint Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent
Dates: 26-28 April 2013
PhD candidate presentations, examination exhibitions, public lectures and research methods seminar.
RMIT Professor Leon van Schaik AO
RMIT Professor Sue Anne Ware
ADAPT-r RESEARCH METHODS SEMINAR
PRS Research Methods Seminar in Intensive Mode for EU candidates. Speakers include key senior RMIT Architecture and Design research supervisors.
Venue: Sint Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent
Date: 26 April 2013
European Union funds RMIT in Australian first
Architecture and Design Magazine, March 27, 2013
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF MELBOURNE ARCHITECTS IN SEOUL, KOREA
Architectural Urbanism: Melbourne/Seoul Exhibition
Melanie Dodd, Assoc Professor, Head, RMIT Architecture. Practice: muf Aus
Opening: Thursday 28 March, 6.00 pm
Exhibition dates and times: 28 March - 5 April 2013, 11 am – 7 pm
Venue: K-ARTS Gallery, Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul
Architectural Urbanism is an ambition and sensibility for propositions that address the context of the city within the operative scale of the small architectural project. Architectural urbanism represents a tailoring of projects to the local; to the materiality and specificity of the everyday; and to the grain and substance of the location above all else. Architectural urbanism is less about erasure and more about insertion; infill; the weaving of old and new and the dynamics that evolve from subtle and careful manipulation of the city in detail.
The exhibition explores commonality in the apparently different contexts of both cities – speculating on these as forms of ‘architectural urbanism' in the contemporary city of the Asia-Pacific at its northern and southern extremes.
Architectural projects from five Melbourne architectural practitioners have been selected to exhibit in Seoul. The practices are: Muir Mendes, Baracco + Wright, Iredale Pederson Hook, NMBW Architecture Studio and Kerstin Thompson Architects - all of whom have strong links to the RMIT Architecture design research and teaching community. The exhibition features RMIT Architect academics, studio leaders and alumni that include:
Practice: Muir Mendes
Amy Muir, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Bruno Mendes, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Practice: Baracco + Wright
Mauro Baracco, RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer
Louise Wright, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). Candidate, RMIT Architecture Phd.
Practice: Iredale Pederson Hook
Adrian Iredale, Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Finn Pedersen, Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Martyn Hook, RMIT Architecture Professor
Nigel Bertram, Professor, Monash University. Past RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer. Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research) UAL.
Lucinda McLean, RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Marika Neustupny, RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Practice: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Kerstin Thompson, RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor. Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Held in conjunction with the Korean National University of Arts there will be a symposium with presentations from four of the Melbourne architects.
The exhibition will be formally opened by the Deputy Australian Ambassador in Seoul.
This Exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council: an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For interviews and general media enquiries contact:
Associate Professor, Melanie Dodd, Deputy Dean of Architecture, (03) 9925 3516 OR 0400 771657
A reciprocal exhibition in this series will be hosted at the RMIT Design Hub in 2014, co-curated by Jong-kyu Kim, Architect and Professor at K-ARTS Department of Architecture.
Terrain Vague’ in the work of Jeffrey Smart: lessons for urban design
Leon van Schaik
Time: 4.00pm followed by refreshments
Date: Sunday 10 March 2013
Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville VIC
Tickets: $20.00 adults, $15.00 students
Bookings essential: 03 5957 3100
Terrain Vague (undesigned space) plays a vital role in the make up of great cities. Smart’s urban pictures capture the qualities of this condition, one that eludes urban designers and policy makers.
What might we learn about this elusive condition from these eerily perceptive paintings?
Location, opening hours and map:
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville VIC Phone 03 5957 3100
For any questions contact
RMIT DESIGN HUB EXHIBITIONS
ARCHIZINES / PUBLIC OFFER – WAYS TO SHARE DESIGN
Venues: Project Space 1 & 2, RMIT Design Hub (Cnr Victoria Pde and Swanston Street)
Dates: 1 February – 27 March 2013
Closing Events on 26 March 2013:
Roundtable Discussion: 1–5 pm
RMIT Design Hub 2013 Program Launch: 5–8 pm
Free Entry. All welcome.
Please join us to celebrate two inaugural exhibitions at RMIT Design Hub on design publishing:
ARCHIZINES (www.archizines.com) is a critically acclaimed international touring exhibition celebrating the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. Curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association, ARCHIZINES now features 90 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over twenty countries that provide an alternative to the established architectural press. Edited by architects, artists and students, these publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture. They make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in the digital age.
While in Melbourne, Archizines is a partner to the exhibition PUBLIC OFFER curated by Timothy Moore & Kate Rhodes. Designers in Melbourne have produced numerous publications since the mid-twentieth century. PUBLIC OFFER aggregates these discussion platforms — zines, journals, blogs, apps, informal exchange circles, radio shows and podcasts — to look at how publishing has shaped conversations about the city and its design culture. Exhibited publication projects include: Transition, Backlogue, Subaud, Smudges, Cross Section, Kerb, Architectural Design Research, The Architects Radio Show, and other key Australian architecture journals, magazines and design discourse vehicles and venues.
Both exhibitions will be accompanied by a program of talks, discussions, events and social gatherings. The project will conclude with a special event on March 26 including a provocative round table discussion and the unveiling of the Design Hub 2013 program.
PUBLIC OFFER AUDIO GUIDES
Through several interviews, this profile looks at how publishing has shaped conversations about the city and its design culture. It prompts the questions: What do designers have to say? What can designers offer by being public? This is the 'people archive' of Public Offer, an extension of the exhibition of the same name on display at RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, from February 1 until March 26, 2013.
Exhibition design by SIBLING
The Thousands is a presenting partner of Public Offer + Archizines
Monday – Friday 11 – 6pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Melbourne shows its design chops in a war of words
TheAge, February 1, 2013
RMIT DESIGN HUB
Corner Victoria and Swanston Street
Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053
Edited by Brent Allpress