The studio will explore community & public uses for St Kilda’s Triangle Site in order to enrich the life of the community. A public open space of approximately 12,000m2 and a building area of approximately 15,000-30,000m2 is imagined for the site to create an entertainment, amusement, leisure and recreation precinct.
The studio will explore context as a rich mix of urban, social, cultural, political, environmental and economic concerns, and engage students with the wider forces that shape architecture. Architecture will be explored as a public act; with students asked to position themselves in relation to other individuals, and in this to define their own political and ethical nature. There will be a focus on precedent and public programme types: art gallery, market, outdoor recreation space, etc. along with other commercial uses; car park, hotel, cinema, cafes/ bars, retail, etc. Through this the urban scale of the proposal will be explored including civic consciousness and narratives.
St Kilda’s Triangle Site has recently been named the design site for LAGI 2018, an international sustainable energy infrastructure ideas competition. The competition asks; ‘What does renewable energy infrastructure look like when it is woven into the fabric of the city? The competition invites participants to ‘design a clean energy landscape for a post-carbon world – a public artwork that will help to power the city and inspire the future.’ The question of how renewable energy infrastructure can be integrated into public spaces in ways that educate, inspire, and are responsive to the history, culture, and nature of place will be explored throughout the semester, and students will submit their preliminary studio proposal as a competition entry by May 6, 2018.