This studio will ask students to take a deep analysis of concrete
– its material properties, working processes, aesthetic and sensorial qualities, manufacturing, logistics,and broader cultural interpretations
– as the foundation to construct a design process, develop communications skills, and as the formwork for an architectural project.
These material, formal, spatial and aesthetic expressions of concrete processes will be developed through a medium-scale public architectural project for an urban bathing facility in central Melbourne.
Workshops and esquisses with guest artists will investigate creative practices (such as dance choreography and moving image) to develop skills for engaging with dynamic processes and events in space and time. Students will look at architectural precedents that have explored the possibilities of concrete as well as how the material has permeated our cultural psyche.