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emerging practice  +  liveness  +  spatial information architecture  +  design institute


Emerging Practice Studio

Coordinator:
Paul Minifie, RMIT Architecture Associate Professor
Practice: Minifie Nixon, with Fiona Nixon

Master of Architectural Research (by project) - Emerging Practice Studio
- Post-professional research degree, full or part-time
- Studio-based research supervision
Senior Supervisor:
Paul Minifie, RMIT Architecture
Practice: Minifie Nixon, with Fiona Nixon
contact: paul.minifie@rmit.edu.au

Co-supervisors:
Brent Allpress, RMIT Architecture Research Director
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT Architecture - Advanced Architecture/SIAL
Greg More, RMIT Interior Design - SIAL

Consultant Supervisors:
Neil Appleton, Lyons
Howard Raggatt, RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor, ARM


R
esearch Supervision Focus:
Emerging architectural design practice research, in the context of new digital technologies and complex contemporary situations

Rather than understanding architectural activity as finding the solution to problems deriving from an analysis, or a nuanced set of moves stemming from a mastery of canonical knowledge, advanced architectural works are understood as proceeding from a notion of emergent relationships within an expanded design domain.

A design domain can be thought of as coherently related ecologies of knowledge, materials, techniques, actions and circumstances from which advanced architecture is instanced. Informatics, glocal relations, contemporary modes of production, sensibilities and activities become constituent of the incipient domain from which architecture emerges.

Technique is a key term in the structuring of a design domain, as it allows instances of a particular domain to become manifest. Techniques may be analogue processes or digital methods. An interest in digital methods recognises architecture itself as an operative complex of physical and informational relationships. RMIT Architecture academics aligned with the Advanced Technologies stream worksclosely with researchers in the RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, who are investigating digital techniques of design development and collaborative networked practices.

Emerging from the design domain, architectural instantiations come to be in various ways. An expanded notion of composition is developed to account for the qualities of open forms rather than closed designs, emphasising the resonant intensities of processural forces over formal aesthetics.

The Advanced technologies stream seeks to make available and manifest the forces operating at the margins of change within the contemporary world, and so acts to reactivate and restimulate.

contact:
Paul Minifie, RMIT Architecture Associate Professor
Practice: Minifie Nixon, with Fiona Nixon.
contact: paul.minifie@rmit.edu.au


Visiting Fellows/Critics:

Hitoshi Abe - Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Sendai Japan
projects:
International Architecture Workshop series, 2003-2006

Neil Appleton
Consultant Supervisor and Guest Critic:
Master of Architecture (Research by Project) - Advanced Architecture
Principle, Lyons Architects

Don Bates
Major Project Design Thesis Supervisor
Principle, LAB Architecture Studio

Tom Kovac
RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor
Principle: Kovac Architecture

Stefania Manna,
Principle: IaN+, Rome, Italy

Reinhold Martin
Coordinator, Columbia University Masters of Architecture (by research) - Advanced Architecture Program
Founding Editor, Grey Room Journal, MIT Press, 2000-

N+B Architects, Montpellier France
projects:
International Architecture Workshop series, 2003-2006

Howard Raggatt
RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor
Consultant Supervisor and Guest Critic:
Master of Architecture (Research by Project) - Advanced Architecture
Principle,
Ashton Raggatt McDougall Architects (ARM)

Dr. Felicity Scott
Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine
Founding Editor, Grey Room Journal, MIT Press, 2000-

Jan van Schaik
Architect, Ashton Raggatt McDougall Architects (ARM)
projects:
International Architecture Workshop series, 2003-2006




Liveness Studio

Coordinator:
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT Architecture/SIAL
Practice:
Onomatopoeia


Master of Architectural Research (by project or thesis) - Liveness Manifold Studio
Post-professional research degree, full or part-time
Senior Supervisor:
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT Architecture/SIAL
pia.ednie-brown@rmit.edu.au

Co-Supervisors:
Brent Allpress, RMIT Architecture Research Director
Paul Minifie,
RMIT Architecture


Master of Design Research (by project or thesis) - Liveness Studio

Research degree, full or part-time
Senior Supervisor:
Pia Ednie-Brown
, RMIT Architecture/SIAL
pia.ednie-brown@rmit.edu.au

Co-Supervisors:

Robyn Healy, RMIT Fashion, School of Architecture & Design


Research Supervision Focus:
Liveness Manifold Studio research projects move through architecture, installation art, sound art, bio-art, theory/philosophy, fiction, haptics, performance art, animation, sculpture...

keywords:
tactility, technology, presence, affect, emergence

Liveness is the sense of living presence. This often involves the sense of a presence that is elsewhere, where actions are registered simultaneously across different spaces (geographical, operational, perceptual, disciplinary....). Today, related phenomena are frequently tied up with the increasing perceptual sensitivity of technological operations, often acting to animate objects and events with new kinds of life-like power and complexity. This occurs in quite literal ways through technological invention (such as the proliferation of sensors, artificial intelligence systems etc) and can be felt through the intensified variability, instability and sensitivity of socio-cultural operations.

The Liveness Manifold Studio explores these conditions with an emphasis on the production of closeness across geographic and/or representational distance or, in other words, the sense of immediate, intimate presence through remote means. Attention is focused on ways that affective (qualitative, emergent) dimensions of events might be transduced across distinct media, moments and spaces: how we allow the openness of affectivity to survive (instrumental) shifts of register.




Postgraduate Liveness Student Projects
RMIT Architecture/SIAL postgraduate projects - Liveness Manifold Studio group
Director: Pia Ednie-Brown
Researchers:
Boo Chapple, Pia Ednie-Brown, Inger Mewburn, Nicholas Murray, Jono Podborsek et al



contact:
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT Architecture/SIAL
pia.ednie-brown@rmit.edu.au

Research and Postgraduate Administration Coordinator
RMIT School of Architecture and Design
Rm 8 12 07
Phone +61 3 99253505


Visiting Fellows/Critics:

Alisa Andrasek - biothing, USA
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:
Material Potency workshop, 2006

Marcelyn Gow -
servo, USA
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:
Intimate Distance: Liveness and Affect - workshops, symposia & public lecture series, 2003

Natalie Jeremijenko, NYU, USA
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:
Intimate Distance: Liveness and Affect - workshops, symposia & public lecture series, 2003

Professor Brian Massumi, University of Montréal
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:
Intimate Distance: Liveness and Affect - workshops, symposia & public lecture series, 2003

Inger Mewburn
RMIT Architecture Sessional Staff
Partner:
Liveness Research
RMIT Research and Innovation - Research Fellow

Chris Perry - servo, USA
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:
Material Potency workshop

Jono Podborosek
RMIT Architecture Sessional Staff
Architect, Ashton Raggatt McDougall Architects (ARM)
Practice: Kokkugia
Projects:
Liveness Research
Material Potency workshop

Stelarc
RMIT Visiting Fellow
projects:

Tissue Culture and Art - SIAL research project
Intimate Distance: Liveness and Affect - workshops, symposia & public lecture series, 2003




Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL)

Coordinator:
Mark Burry, Professor
Director, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
Director, RMIT Design Research Institute
ARC Fellow

SIAL Masters Programs
Master of Architectural Research (by Thesis or Project) - SIAL

Master of Architectural Research (by Project) - Embedded Practice, SIAL

Master of Design Research (by Thesis or Project) - SIAL

SIAL PhD Programs
PhD in Architectural Research (by Thesis or Project) - SIAL
PhD in Design
Research (by Thesis or Project) - SIAL

Research Supervision Focus:
Digital practice, digital design development techniques, parametric modelling, computer aided fabrication, distributed collaborative relationships, virtual spatial technologies

SIAL encourages research that investigates the culture and practice of contemporary creative production. The Masters program may be undertaken by project or thesis. As such, modes of investigation may focus on experimental pursuits within the laboratory or take the form of an historical, theoretical investigation.

Students enrolling in a research degree and locating in SIAL are offered the opportunity to undertake up to a third research based course work. The following two thirds operates in a studio where individual and/or collaborative research is workshopped on a regular basis.

contact:
Mark Burry, Professor
mark.burry@rmit.edu.au

Research and Postgraduate Administration Coordinator
RMIT School of Architecture and Design
Rm 8 12 07
Phone +61 3 99253505


Visiting Fellows/Critics:

Tom Daniell
principle: Thomas Daniell Architects, Kyoto, Japan

John Frazer
Research Coordinator: Gehry Technologies Digital Practice Ecosystem
Head, QUT School of Design, Queensland

Mark Goulthorpe
Professor, MIT Architecture, MIT Media Lab
principle: dECOi

Jules Maloney
University of Melbourne School of Architecture

Professor Michael J. Ostwald
Dean of Architecture, Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia

Mike Xie
Discipline Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering
RMIT School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering.





Affiliated Research Institute


Design@RMIT Research Institute
RMIT wide design research concentration focusing on emerging design technologies.

Director:
Mark Burry, Professor
Director, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
ARC Fellow


Key themes:

Intelligent Space: virtual spatial environments; collaborative environments; spatial information
Products and Materials: virtual engineering, sustainable knowledge, life-cycle design technologies
Urban Settings: navigating, mapping, constructing, and understanding the urban environment.










































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