The 2008 program was presented by RMIT
Architecture and Design and Federation Square.
QUESTIONS OF SPACE: OF ARCHITECTURE AND PHILOSOPHY
Professor in Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture
+ Design at RMIT
Thursday, 7 February at the BMW Edge, Federation Square
This talk will
discuss the collaboration between architects and philosophers in
writing the book Terroir: Cosmopolitan Ground (DAB Documents
2007). The process involved a series of workshops, exchanges and
symposia over a period of two and a half years in which the authors
explored themes of convergent interest in the disciplines of philosophy
and architecture. The talk will consider the productive moments
from an architectural perspective.
is a founding director of the architecture practice Terroir. The
work of Terroir has been recognised through exhibition and publication
nationally and internationally and their first book Terroir:
Cosmopolitan Ground was published in August 2007 by DAB Documents,
UTS Sydney. Richard is currently serving his second term as Chair
of the National Education Committee of the Royal Australian Institute
academic passion is in exploring research in the medium of design.
Prior to taking up his position at RMIT Richard had lectured at
the University of Tasmania for 14 years where he served as Deputy
Head of the School of Architecture until mid 2007. Richard gained
a B.EnvDes and B.Arch from the Tasmanian State Institute of Technology
and an M.Arch (research) specializing in Australian architectural
history from the University of Melbourne. Richard served one term
as President of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia
and New Zealand.
ATMOSPHERE AS A DESIGN STRATEGY OF PARTCIPATION
Thursday, 20 March at the BMW Edge, Federation Square
investigate the spatial desires of potential users in terms of atmospheric
qualities. Out of the imaginations of such potential users, and
out of the visible and invisible spatial moods, they evolve a palpable
architecture that triggers communication and acts as a social catalyst.
As the starting
point for their own design in several Berlin projects the "Baupiloten"
used children's architectural ideas: these projects are intended
to be on such a scale that would allow them to impact upon the surroundings
and help improve the quality of life in disadvantaged districts
HOFMANN is Visiting Scholar in the Program of Interior Design, RMIT
School of Architecture and Design, and Head of Die
Baupiloten - bridging education, practice and research.
SETS, SERIES and SUITES: COMPOSING THE MULTIPLE ARTWORK
DR ALEX SELENITSCH
Senior Lecturer in Architecture, the University of Melbourne
Thursday, 17 April at RMIT 8.11.68
produce compositions consisting of a group of works, where each
piece is a separate work as well as a contributor to the composition
of the group. Analysis of such compositions from various disciplines,
and the complementary invention of creative works by the candidate
have been combined to reveal three distinct strategies in such compositions:
SETS (where works share explicit criteria); SERIES (where works
exhibit a predictable difference) and SUITES (where works provoke
In this study,
the three strategies are articulated through the following methods
strategy is discussed through an essay which deals with origins
and derivations, that strategy’s formal properties and its
individual compositional procedures. The essays use examples of
multiple works from a wide range of disciplines: literature, printmaking,
painting, sculpture, and music. These examples are presented as
relatively pure versions of each strategy.
properties uncovered in the essays are summarised as a Matrix, which
provides a means of both comparing and separating the three strategies.
The matrix is intended to apply to all creative disciplines and
to be used as both an analytic tool and a creative checklist.
Thirdly, a number
of well-known architectural works are analysed through the properties
outlined in the Matrix. The works range from complex single buildings
to groups of buildings. The analyses show how SETS, SERIES and SUITES
can be mixed in a multiple composition.
architectural projects by the candidate show how the strategies
of SETS, SERIES and SUITES can be applied as a project proceeds,
as a planning tool for a multiple work, and as formal control. The
projects are presented as individual reports.
on these projects from the point of view of the three strategies
are presented as essays; these also include related comments on
the nature of architectural design practice.
of the SET, SERIES and SUITE characteristics of the candidate’s
three architectural projects are presented as matrix charts and
To widen the
discussion, the common strategy of theme and variation is redefined
using the principles uncovered in examining the strategy of sets.
Related effects of multiplicity such as translation, metaphor and
performance are also noted, and to widen the context of compositional
activity still further, the perennial problem of the multiplicity
and unity of the arts is discussed in the light of the three strategies.
The study concludes
with observations on the diffuse nature of the methodology, on the
potential of the Matrix for both art and non-art situations, and
on potential future works.
AS AN ARCHITECT IN 1969, DR ALEX SELENITSCH has taught architectural
design, theory and history at Deakin University, RMIT and The University
of Melbourne. He currently teaches architectural design. His PhD
on narrative descriptions of architecture is in progress. He writes
essays and criticism on architectural design, sculpture, painting
and literature. His essay 'The Bell Mandala' appears in The Life
Work of Guilford Bell, Architect 1912–92. He was the guest
editor for the June 1999 issue of Imprint, the journal of the Print
Council of Australia, on the theme of artists' books. He also makes
and exhibits sculpture and furniture, sometimes in collaboration
with Hamish Hill. He is a member of the Public Art Committee of
the Melbourne City Council.
TEIMU (THE GARDEN OF DREAMS): AURAL AND AESTHETIC ATTRIBUTES OF
JAPANESE GARDENS AS MODELS FOR SPATIAL ENVIRONMENTS
Dr Michael Fowler
with Lawrence Harvey Director, SIAL Sound Studios
Thursday, 15 May at the BMW Edge, Federation Square
garden design has greatly influenced both twentieth-century Western
landscape designers and composers of Western art music. By investigating
the aural and aesthetic attributes of five renowned Japanese gardens
through mapping techniques that include the capture of spatial auditory
recordings, RMIT and University of Melbourne researchers have worked
over the past two years on strategies for the representation, 3-space
modelling and auralisation of large environmental invariant data-sets.
Lawrence Harvey and Dr. Michael Fowler will present research to
date on the project, and explore the potential of the work to inform
future design processes in architecture, installation and urban
FOWLER is Research Fellow at RMIT SIAL Sound and a performing
musician specialising in the electro-acoustic avant-garde. LAWRENCE
HARVEY is Director of RMIT SIAL Sound, lecturer, practicing
composer and sound designer. Michael and Lawrence will present research
to date on the Teimu project, which is being undertaken through
an ARC Discovery Grant with RMIT and Melbourne University researchers.
a proposal for one of the remaining 2008 presentation opportunities,
us with your abstract and short bio.
5 AND JUNE 9: TWO SESSIONS
URBAN MATTERS: moving beyond indeterminism vs. determinism
Thursday, 5th June in RMIT 8.11.68
DRINKS from 6.00pm at Building 8 Level
11 Bar –
double meaning of "Urban Matters" refers to the relevance
of urbanism for architecture and reciprocally to the effect of the
materials that comprise the contemporary urban condition (only one
of which is architecture) on the city. This talk will focus on the
interplay between the urban as a site for architecture and the impact
of architecture on those sites.
though, cities are faced with issues of a magnitude never before
experienced. How can we condsider architecture's ability to effect
change when the materials that structure our contemporary cities
such as zoning plans, infrastructure, finance, and real estate legislation
often escape aesthetic consideration. How can architects direct
the various invisible forces which give form to the world around
us? The rise of landscape urbanism in the last ten years has provided
one means for the architect to be effective through collaboration
with landcape architects. Virtually all of these projects remain
unbuilt, however, as they are vast in size and scope. Are there
other, more immediate ways of operating effectively outside of this
is co-founder and co-editor of the journal, PRAXIS. Under her direction,
the journal has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards
and honors, including an ID award in 2003, and was twice awarded
the largest grant in design from the National Endowment for the
A writer, designer,
and practicing architect, Schafer has lectured and been published
internationally. Schafer currently is associate professor, head
of Architecture, and director of the Master of Architectural Studies
in Criticism program at the Ohio State University Knowlton School
of Architecture. She previously held an appointment as associate
professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at
Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Schafer holds a BS Arch from the University of Virginia and her
M Arch from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation.
MAKING TIME: Design and the Materialisation of Ethics in the Age
Monday, 9th June in RMIT 8.11.68
In the emergent
epoch much has to change by design. The aim of this presentation
is to explore how it is possible to make sense of this plural moment
and then how ‘futuring actions’ can be viewed, and constituted
as, ‘ethical things’ able to ‘make time.’
A number of the key implications of the perspective adopted will
be outlined for architectural practice.
TONY FRY is
a designer, design theorist, cultural theorist and educator. He
is a director of sustainability consultancy Team D/E/S, Adjunct
Professor, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, an independent
scholar and a contributing editor of the e-journal Design Philosophy
Papers and the e-zine Design Philosophy Politics. He is also a farm
forester who lives at and works from his and his partner’s
farm at Ravensbourne, in the ranges of South East Queensland.
ARCHITECTURE ON PAPER
Co-presented with the State of Design Festival
24 July, 6:30pm at RMIT 8.11.68
A design industry
forum on publishing and architecture
This July Architecture+Philosophy
looks at architecture publishing from the point of view of the architectural
ideas themselves. What can be expressed on paper – in text,
in image, in diagram, in drawing – that can't be expressed
in construction or the built environment? What decisions are made
about what architecture is, or what architectural ideas are, from
the perspective of the editor and art director? What contribution
does architecture publishing make to design discourses in Melbourne,
nationally, internationally? What's possible on paper that's not
• Dean Boothroyd, architect, Lab architecture studio and editor,
• Mark Raggatt, architect, ARM and editor, Issue
• Stuart Geddes, co-designer, Is Not Magazine and former art
in conversation with Fleur Watson, curator, Design
For Everyone, Architecture+Philosophy’s Hélène
Frichot and Esther Anatolitis, and you.
The Transient City: mapping urban consciousness through contemporary
Thursday, 14 August in RMIT 8.11.68
art and China are drawn together in an inquiry into contemporary
urban consciousness. New urban concepts have emerged from the everyday
experience of the first Urban Century that cross current cultural
boundaries and question ruling paradigms. By focusing on two urban
phenomena that have specific presence in contemporary art –
the proliferation of Biennales and the China Phenomenon –
this presentation investigates altering dimensions of cultural scale
and cultural fakeness. These, it is claimed, challenge established
definitions of place-specific-belonging and frame a new urban state
of mind: urbaness.
is currently undertaking a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, The
University of Melbourne, Australia, following on from an MFA (Master
of Fine Arts) at RMIT University. Text and image are integrated
in her research.
an artist and independent curator who has exhibited and curated
projects in Australia, Europe and Asia and lectures in Art in Public
Space, the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne. In 2006 she
undertook a Red Gate Gallery art residency and exhibited in the
798 Art District, Beijing P.R. China as part of her research. Other
research exhibitions were held at Palais Porcia, Vienna 2006 and
Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne 2007.
exhibitions of her artwork include 'Wandering Between the Worlds
– 10 Artists Between Austria and Australia', Kunstlerhaus,
Vienna 2005, 'Siemens Fine Art Scholarships' selected exhibition
(shortlisted), RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne 2004 and
'Nu Horizons – Australian Women Artists in China', Hangzou
Academy of Fine Art and Donghua University Shanghai, 2002.
work includes 'Global Fusion Close Up' 2005/2006 staged in Melbourne
and Vienna incorporating twenty pairs of artists from across the
world and 'melbourneconnectionasia' 2003/2004, linking eight cities
and forty artists in the Asian region.
Vitae and curatorial projects can be viewed on line:
Artwork from 2006 at http://maggiemccormick.blogspot.com
Artwork to 2005 at http://home.vicnet.net.au/~urbanart/maggie.html
Curatorial projects at www.vicnet.net.au/~urbanart/
DISCUSSING AN URBAN INTERIOR OCCUPATION
by representatives of the Urban Interior Research Group
Thursday, 11 September at RMIT 8.11.68
As the number
of people living in urban areas begins to exceed those in rural
areas, a genuine cultural paradigm shift must be actuated to accommodate
new social relations borne out of innovative technological, sensory,
physiological, environmental and material dimensions. What might
be the role that the spatial disciplines have in this new model
of urban inhabitation? What kinds of inter-relationships between
creative spatial practices demonstrate qualities that enable engagement
in and sustainable inhabitation of the urban condition?
Urban Interior is a creative research group based at RMIT University
investigating how the aesthetics of the spatial + temporal dimensions
of design contribute to and engage with this emerging social condition.
How can temporary inter-related design actions in urban conditions
reveal the kinds of qualities needed to sustain and enrich the increasing
inhabitation of urban areas?
2008, Urban Interior will occupy Craft Victoria, Flinders Lane Melbourne.
The gallery spaces and surroundings will become a research laboratory
to explore the spatial and temporal dimensions of the inhabited,
urban environment. Questioning/ignoring the conventional 10am to
5pm opening hours and white cube display of artefacts, Urban Interior
takes over Craft Victoria through performances, actions, changes,
sound, smell, thoughts, image, discussions, presentations, night
and day; redistributing and enfolding outside and insides, individuals
and collectives. Craft Victoria will be arranged by acts of crafting
as distinct from craft artefacts, by process rather than outcomes.
UI – you and I – will encounter, experience and experiment
with relational conditions in the urban environment of Melbourne.
Image from ‘Visualising
Air’, Malte Wagenfeld
UI is composed
of individuals from a range of disciplines including fashion, sound,
interior design, architecture, industrial design and art. As a collective,
individual research trajectories cover a breadth of practices, scales
and concerns from the intimacy of bodies to events within the public
lecture will co-incide with a ‘Visualising Air’ event
led by Malte Wagenfeld happening in the Craft Victoria Occupation.
At 7:30pm all are invited to travel down to Craft Victoria to occupy
Tuesday 9 September – Saturday 20 September 2008
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Research Group includes:
Suzie Attiwill, Mick Douglas, Michael Fowler, Robyn Healy, Rochus
Urban Hinkel (with Ian de Gruchy and Ramesh Ayyar), Roger Kemp,
Mick Peel, and Malte Wagenfeld.
is part of Customising Space research stream at RMIT Design Research
Institute. This project is supported by RMIT’s Design Research
Institute and the School of Architecture and Design.
Julieanna Preston, Victoria University of Wellington
6:30pm Thursday, 16 October in RMIT 8.11.68
Fields, Matter migrates between discussions of furniture, décor,
inhabitation and comfort to construct a conceptual lens through
which interiors are explored as spatial fields of relational surfaces.
The artful selection and arrangement of artefacts and objects, interior
design’s most conservative and historic purpose, is probed
as a philosophic condition of furnishing, a proposition that is
fuelled by an analysis of Matisse’s 1911 painting L’
atelier rouge (The Red Studio).
practice as an architectural designer, academic researcher and spatial
artist continues to oscillate amongst material affirmation and critical
reflection. Her recent works are most notably INTIMUS: Interior
Design Theory Reader (co-edited with Mark Taylor, Wiley, 2006),
Interior Atmospheres (Architectural Design, Wiley Academy,
2008) and Wedges and Shims: Levering a Feminist Interior Practice
(Interior Tools, Interior Tactic Conference, Edinburgh, 2008).
Julieanna is a senior academic at Victoria University of Wellington
and a PhD candidate at RMIT University.
CURATING IN THE PUBLIC SPACE
Lauren Brown and Nella Themelios
6:00pm Thursday, 13 November at the BMW Edge, FedSq
Lauren Brown and craft and design curator Nella Themelios, discussing
current and future collaborations in conversation with Esther Anatolitis
this Thursday evening at Federation Square.
is developing research and an arts practice around the role of experience
(and occupation) in space and the public/politic. How can reclaiming
an ownership, a personal moment, a intimate relationship –
how can knowing a place/public place – translate into a collective
care, responsibility for and engagement with public place, life
and systems? That is, (a) politics (of public space)?
in two current exhibitions (Making
Sense at Craft Victoria, and My
World is 15 x 15 at 374 Gallery) relate to this spatial
experience directly, by touching it: through measurement and patterning,
process and documentation. This practice seeks to extend from this
confined process to a wider, public engagement with one's space(s),
based on (an) intimate experience.
The work at
Craft Victoria is the beginning of a collaboration with curator
Nella Themelios, investigating the dynamics and roles of artists
and curators within public institutions, public space and politics.
is currently exhibiting work in the
Craft Victoria exhibition Making
Sense (30 October - 29 November), curated by NELLA THEMELIOS,
Craft Victoria's Coordinating Curator.
to the series as guest curator in 2008 was Chelle Macnaughtan.
Chelle first studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music before
completing degrees in interior design and later architecture with
first class honours. Prior to commencing her own practice in 2002,
Chelle had worked in other architecture and interior design offices
since 1994. She is currently concluding a PhD in Architecture by
Project in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT, with a
topic involving composer John Cage’s indeterminacy and certain
theory of Jacques Derrida and Umberto Eco. Since commencing the
PhD, Chelle has been the recipient of a Bailleu Research Scholarship,
an Australian Postgraduate Award, and in 2005, she became the inaugural
RAIA Lysaght Scholar, which has enabled her to undertake various
invitational work in France, Toronto, and Belfast. Her PhD project
work is being completed with a speculative architectural proposal
of multi-configurable transportable performance spaces for French
theatre master Compagnie Philippe Genty, for whom she was invited
to prepare a collection of architectural chance based choreographic
scores for performance in 2006.
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– Melbourne practitioners on Melbourne issues – Architecture
+ Philosophy welcomes speakers from any discipline to engage with
questions of contemporary urbanism, planning, technology, space,
system, design, distribution and other issues in the productive
overlap between the two disciplines. We curate a diverse range of
presentations, from research students and established academics
to architecture and planning practitioners, policy makers, public
artists and those working in the world between theory, buildings
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