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SEMESTER 2 2009 EVENTS
RMIT ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN ALUMNI EVENT
Design Life 2009
lectures, exhibition, presentations, forum, workshops, design tours
Bali, 4th - 6th December 2009.
An inaugural RMIT Architecture & Design Alumni gathering in Ubud Bali to re-connect like-minded individuals from RMIT Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Fashion in Australia and spread out across the world.
Venue: Gaya Art Space Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Dates: 4-6 December 2009
RMIT Architecture and Design Faculty:
Sand Helsel, RMIT Assoc Professor of Architecture, Co-Director, International Development
Andrea Mina, RMIT Assoc Professor of Interior Design, Co-Director, International Development
Ross Mcleod, RMIT Senior Lecturer in Interior Design
Design Life Bali 2009 Organisers:
Chua Jindee, RMIT Architecture Alumni, 1999
Suriawati Qiu, RMIT Interior Design Alumni, 1999
Design Life website: www.designlife2009.com
Facebook Profile: Design Life
Facebook Event: Design Life Exhibition
International Guest Speakers
Saturday 5 Dec, 2-6 pm
Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, Practice Directors: WOHA, Singapore
Alumni, Master of Architecture (by research project) - Invited, RMIT, 2002.
These Singapore-based architects are one of Southeast Asia’s best-known practices who have collected an unprecedented number of international and local awards for a diverse body of built work, including the World Transport Building of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, 2009 for the Bras Basah MRT Station, Singapore. They are both alumni of the RMIT Architecture Reflective Practice invited postgraduate research degree stream, directed by Leon van Schaik.
Made Wijaya, Practice Director: PT Wijaya Tribwana International
Made Wijaya was born Michael White in Sydney. After studying architecture in Australia, he literally swam ashore to Bali from a yacht in the early 1970's to live and work. He founded the Landscape Architecture practice Wijaya, that specialize in tropical landscape and architectural design consultancy, with bases in Sanur (Bali head office), Jakarta and Singapore, and 25 years combined experience in over 700 hotel, luxury residence and apartment projects.
Design Life Exhibition
Current Works of 30 RMIT School of Architecture+Design Alumni
Gaya Art Space Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
4-6 December 2009
FORCE FORM PERFORMANCE: Structural Design Strategies
Prof. Manfred Grohmann, Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers
Time: Friday November 20, 6 pm
Venue: RMIT Building 8, Level 11, Rm 8.11.68, 360 Swanston Street
Convenor: Brent Allpress, RMIT Architecture Research Director
Contemporary conditions of building design require the integration of ideas, the logic of space, the structure and its skin. Structural design engineers are essential collaborators from the immanence of architectural building design. Over the last 25 years, Bollinger+Grohmann have taken part in the development of architectural building design and have become well known for liberating structure and, with it, form. Feeling or even “smelling” the architect’s ideas they approach each project as a unique set of challenges. Their adaptability and flexible working methods have contributed to their successful collaborations with architects of widely varying design repertoires. In response to the complexity of contemporary architecture they combine a high level of interdisciplinary knowledge in architectural geometry, software development, material and fabrication technologies with advanced engineering expertise.
PROF. DIPL.-ING. MANFRED GROHMANN graduated from Darmstadt Technical University in Civil Engineering. He has been Professor for Structural Design at Kassel University since 1996, Guest Professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt since 2000 and at the ESA – École d´Architecture, Paris since 2007 and has taught at Darmstadt Technical University. Prof. Grohmann and Prof. Bollinger founded Bollinger+Grohmann in 1983, and both combine teaching at architecture schools with their practice.
Prof. Grohmann is currently a co-supervisor in the RMIT Architecture and Design PhD Program with Prof Mark Burry. They are co-supervising an Architecture PhD candidate in the Spatial Information Architecture Embedded Practice stream who is situated within the practice of Bollinger+Grohmann researching smart materials and adaptive systems in architecture.
BOLLINGER+GROHMANN ENGINEERS are an international engineering company in Frankfurt on the Main with more than 25 years experience in planning and structural design. With just under 100 employees at three cities (Frankfurt on the Main, Vienna, Paris), they are active in approx. 20 countries outside Germany. They have been working successfully for years with a number of internationally recognized architects. Their range of services includes structural and facade design, geometry development and construction physics. The field of work spans between the structural design of housing, office, commercial, exhibition and event facilities as well as classic civil engineering structures such as bridges, roofs and towers.
Recent projects include:
Kunsthaus Graz Graz/Austria, 2000-2003
Architects: Spacelab UK, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, London
Zollverein School of Management and Design, Essen/Germany, 2003-2006
Architects: SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa, Tokyo
MARTa Museum For Furniture, Culture and Art, Herford/Germany, 2000-2005
Architects: Frank Gehry & Associates inc., S. Monica
Nordkettenbahn Station Roofs Innsbruck/Austria, 2005-2007
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects, London
RMIT School of Architecture and Design Research
RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
For further information contact:
Nicola Narayan, SIAL
ph 0061 3 9925 3524
RMIT Architecture & Landscape End of Semester Exhibition, Semester 02, 2009
This exhibition features Lower Pool and Upper Pool Design Studio projects by Architecture and Landscape Architecture students undertaken in Semester 02, 2009.
Level 11 & 12 Studios, RMIT Building 8, 360 Swanston Street
Exhibition Opening and Drinks:
Wednesday 11 November, 6 pm
Prizes to be awarded at 6 pm in RMIT Bld 8 Level 11 Rm 8.11.68
Exhibition Dates: 11-20 November, 2009
Times: Mon-Frid 9-5pm
Lowerpool Design Projects
Upperpool Design Projects
RMIT Architecture Major Project Design Thesis Examination Exhibition, Semester 02, 2009
This examination exhibition features the culminating Design Thesis Major Projects of students who have completed the RMIT Architecture Professional Degree in Semester 02, 2009.
Venue: RMIT Building 45, 33 Lygon Street (corner of Earl Street opp Trades Hall)
Exhibition Opening: Friday, 6 November, 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: 6-20 November 2009
Times: Mon-Frid 11-3 pm
Major Project Gallery:
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DESIGN COMPETITION EXHIBITION
2009 Design Challenge: Fire
Presented by the Design Research Institute, RMIT University
The 2009 Design Challenge: Fire has brought together a diverse range of researchers and experts to generate innovative transdisciplinary design projects in response to bushfires. This exhibition of the finalist teams' ideas is an insight into the role of design in fire prevention and planning, emergency response and the mitigation of fire impact and post-fire regeneration in our communities.
EXHIBITION OPENING: 6.30-8.30pm, Tuesday 10 November 2009
EXHIBITION DATES: 11 Nov 2009 - 28 Feb 2010, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
EXHIBITION VENUE: Melbourne Museum, Discovery Centre, Lower Foyer, Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria
Design Competition Website: 09 Design Challenge: Fire
Further Information: email@example.com
Polytactics: Firoz Alam, Jordi Beneyto-Ferre, Nigel Bertram (RMIT Architecture), Laura Harper (RMIT Architecture Alumni), Professor David Mainwaring, Professor Robert Shanks, Victoria Smith and Associate Professor Sue Anne Ware (RMIT Landscape Architecture)
The winning team received the RMIT Design Research Institute Challenge Award, a grant contribution to the value of $25,000 toward research and development of the proposal in 2010.
Shortlisted Exhibited projects included:
Communication and Community Shelter Networks: Luke Adams, Travis Dean, Jacqueline Edge, Rory Fort, Stuart Harrison (RMIT Architecture), Marcus White (RMIT Architecture) and Matt Tonner
INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION, LONDON SHOWING
Thinking About Architecture, Thinking About Architects
Ideograms by Leon van Schaik
OPENING: 17th November 2009, 18.00-20.30pm.
Opening Address by Sir Peter Cook
EXHIBITION DATES: Exhibition open daily from 18th November-18th December
EXHIBITION VENUE: The Bridge Gallery, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, 1st Floor 35 Marylebone Road, London
RSVP and enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibitor: Leon van Schaik AO, RMIT Professor of Architecture, Innovation Chair
Catalogue Essay: Richard Blythe, Professor of Architecture, Head of Architecture + Design
Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Edmond and Corrigan
Sean Godsell Architects
To imagine that Leon van Schaik’s ideographs represent a thinking process would be to miss the point. They are not representational but rather they are the thinking. Thinking in action if you will, concretised in a drawing. To make this claim in our post-Socratic world is radical in that it suggests that the movement of the arm and hand are integral, it is to claim that the body thinks.
RMIT ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN GRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
& EXAMINATION EXHIBITIONS
October 21-25, 2009
School of Architecture and Design GRC webpage
During this weekend, research candidates across Architecture, Fashion, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Spatial Information Architecture, Communication Design, and Invitational PhD’s will present their work in a public forum. There are a series of Examination Exhibitions, Public Lectures, book launches and related events.
GRC KEYNOTE LECTURE
Gini Lee, "The Oratunga Project & [drawing upon] the intention to practice"
RMIT Building 8, Level 11 Room, 8.11.68
The intention to practice in ephemeral landscapes may challenge normative landscape thinking through the possibility to curate landscapes towards ecological and cultural renewal. For Gini Lee, the research sponsored through the Ephemeral Architectures PhD stream has enabled invited, unexpected, and other serendipitous collaborations in uncommon landscapes. This talk is about a few of the works and activities inspired by and situated in the Project known as Oratunga.
GRC PUBLIC LECTURE
Ashley Hall, "How to Invent"
RMIT Building 8, Level 11 Room, 8.11.68
For his introduction to the RMIT Graduate Research Conference, Ashley will present a selection of his activities including recent experimental design projects from the Innovation Design Engineering dual masters degree from the Royal College of Art, his recent furniture design projects from his design practice - Diplomat, non-linear pedagogic models for design education and IDE's GoGlobal Ghana design enterprise initiative.
Masters and PhD by project Examinations and Exhibitions
Thursday and Friday 22-23 October
For Examination Exhibition venues and times see GRC Program:
GRC POSTGRADUATE CANDIDATE PROGRESS REVIEWS
Saturday and Sunday 24-25 October, 9.30-6pm
RMIT Building 8, Level 11 and 12 Studios
For presentation schedule see GRC Program:
Professor Leon van Schaik AO
GRC Administrative Coordinator:
+(61 3) 9925 3505
Terunobu Fujimori & Nobumichi Oshima, Teahouse Tetsu, 2006.
Photo: Masuda Akihisa.
EXHIBITION, LECTURES, WORKSHOP
SHELTER: ON KINDNESS
Translator: architect Jun Sakaguchi.
VENUE: RMIT Storey Hall
TIME: Tuesday 6 October 7-8.30 pm.
Gold coin donation
Bookings essential: 9925 171 or www.rmit.edu.au/rmitgallery
Terunobu Fujimori will speak about his architectural activities, as well as his involvement in the construction of unique contemporary teahouses. From his first unique project - described as “It Makes me Feel Nostalgic, Though I Have Never Seen It Before”, Professor Fujimori has worked to create architecture that he describes as “international vernacular”. He said he has tried to adopt the following two rules as a design policy:
1. The building should not resemble anyone else’s building, past or present, or any style that has developed since the Bronze Age.
2. Natural materials should be used on parts of the building that are visible, and at times plants should be incorporated in the building, so as to harmonize the building with nature.”
Terunobu Fujimori is a Professor at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science where his main focus is architectural history and the history of technology. He exhibited in the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006.
The acclaimed Japanese architect Professor Terunobu Fujimori will be arriving at RMIT Gallery on Monday 28 September. Prof Fujimori will be constructing a 4 m high contemporary teahouse in RMIT Gallery as part of the Shelter: On Kindness exhibition, 25 September - 25 October, as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival (see below). The exhibition asks more than 50 artists, architects, writers and philosophers to explore the concept of shelter in a physical and metaphorical sense. Professor Fujimori will be making use of wood from bushfire affected areas in Victoria to echo the loss of shelter and home that has resulted from the devastating fires.
SHELTER: ON KINDNESS
Presented by RMIT Gallery in association with ArtPlay
as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival
Curators: Suzanne Davies, Vanessa Gerrans and Sarah Morris
RMIT Gallery brings together artists, architects, writers and thinkers to reflect on what qualities of environment and circumstance afford us shelter in a physical and metaphorical sense. Is shelter a sense of safe haven, a place to protect ourselves from the natural elements, from the unrelenting pressures of modern life or, perhaps, a place or space to reflect on our innermost thoughts? Shelter: On Kindness is about tea houses, contemporary architecture, cattlemen’s huts and aboriginal shades. It examines ideas of nurture and kindness through the filter of the writings of psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillips and historian Barbara Taylor in On Kindness, Penguin, 2009.
EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT: Wednesday 7th October, 6-8pm
OPENING ADDRESS: Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University.
RSVP: 03 9925 1717; email@example.com
EXHIBITION DATES: 25th September - 25th October 2009
EXHIBITION VENUE: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000
Tel: +61 39925 1717
Hours: Mon-Friday 11-5, Saturday 2-5
Closed sundays and public holidays. Lift Access. Free Admission.
* Dr. Charles Anderson, Artist, RMIT Landscape Architecture Senior Lecturer, Melbourne
* Robert Bridgewater, Artist
* Gregory Burgess, Practice Director: Greg Burgess Architects & Pip Stokes, Artist, Melbourne
* Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Waradgerie Artist
* Dr. Peter Corrigan, RMIT Architecture Professor, Practice Director: Edmond and Corrigan Architects, Melbourne
* William Eicholtz, Artist
* Terunobu Fujimori & Jun Sakaguchi, Architects, Japan. A Project team of RMIT Architecture students assisted the Curator Vanessa Gerrans in assembling the installation.
* Stephen Haley, Artist
* Jane & Tor Holth, Writers
* Alan Johnston & David Connearn
* LAB Architecture Studio, Melbourne
* Ronnie Lacham, Artist, Industrial Designer, Melbourne
* March Studio, Architects, RMIT Architecture Alumni
* Paul Memmott, Professor of Architecture, University of Queensland
* Prof Murdo Macdonald, Artist
* John R Neeson, Artist
* NMBW Architecture Studio, Practice Directors: Nigel Bertram, RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer, Marika Neustupny, with RMIT Architecture Student project team
* Adam Phillips & Barbara Taylor, authors of On Kindness, Penguin, 2009. (see below)
* RMIT Indigenous Arts Unit
* Alan Saunders, Radio National
PUBLIC LECTURE + BOOK LAUNCH
"Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin"
Venue: RMIT Capitol Theatre, Swanston Street
Time: Thursday 1st October, 6.00 to 8.00 pm
Chair: Brent Allpress, RMIT Architecture Research Director
Free event. All welcome.
This public lecture by Alasdair McGregor on the Griffin's architectural partnership launches the new biography he has authored entitled Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, published through Penguin. This comprehensive and lavishly produced volume documents the full breadth of the Griffin's work in Chicago, Australia and India.
The venue for this lecture is the acclaimed Capitol Theatre, designed by the Griffins in 1924. Drastically altered in the 1960's, the Capitol Theatre faced closure in the 1990's. The future of this architecturally significant complex was secured when RMIT purchased the theatre in May 1999. It now operates as a large capacity RMIT lecture theatre and continues to provide an ongoing venue for key cinema and theatre events such as the annual Melbourne Film Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. A complex process of renovation is currently underway, co-funded with a grant from the Victoria State Government.
Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin
Sydney: Penguin, 2009
Painter, photographer and one-time architect, Alasdair McGregor is the author of The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone, Australia's Wild Islands (both with Quentin Chester) and Mawson's Huts: An Antarctic Expedition Journal. He was artist and photographer for three AAP Mawson's Huts Foundation expeditions to Antarctica, and in 2000 was curator (for the Australian High Commission to Canada) of '... that sweep of splendour': A Century of Australians in Antactica, a travelling exhibition featuring the photography of Frank Hurley. Alasdair McGregor lives in Sydney.
Thinking About Architecture, Thinking About Architect: Ideograms by Leon van Schaik
Leon van Schaik AO, RMIT Professor of Architecture, Innovation Chair
Richard Blythe, Professor of Architecture, Head of Architecture + Design
Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Edmond and Corrigan
Sean Godsell Architects
William Lim, President of AA Asia
DATES: 12-26 September 2009, Mon-Fri, 1000hrs - 1700 hrs
VENUE: WOHAGA Gallery, 29 HongKong Street, Singapore 059668
To imagine that Leon van Schaik's ideographs represent a thinking process would be to miss the point. They are not representational but rather they are the thinking. Thinking in action if you will, concretised in a drawing. To make this claim in our post-Socratic world is radical in that it suggests that the movement of the arm and hand are integral, it is to claim that the body thinks.
Professor Carlo Ratti, MIT
Time: Monday 24 August, 6 for 6.30pm
RMIT Design Research Institute
RMIT Building 91, Level 3
110 Victoria Street (opposite the City Baths on north side of street)
Convenor: Jane Burry, RMIT SIAL Research Fellow
Professor Carlo Ratti is an Italian architect and engineer who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. There he directs the SENSEable City Laboratory - an institution that uses the increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics to allow a new approach to the study of the built environment. He is currently the Queensland Innovator in Residence. Carlo Ratti's work has been exhibited in leading museums worldwide, including the Kunsthaus Graz (2005), Vienna Biennale (2004, 2006, 2008), MoMA (2008), and Design Museum Barcelona (2009). Carlo has co-authored over 100 scientific publications and holds several patents. His Digital Water Pavilion at the World Expo 2008 was hailed by TIME magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
MIT SENSEable City Laboratory
Practice: Carlo Ratti Associati, Turin/Boston
Mark Smout, The Bartlett, UCL
Practice: smout allen
TIME: Thursday July 23 @ 1.00pm
VENUE: RMIT Building 8, Level 11, Lecture Room 8.11.68
Mark Smout and Laura Allen are lecturers at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscapes.
Compiled by Brent Allpress, RMIT Architecture Research Director