Both a performative experiment and a design challenge, this project invites you to make a meaningful commitment, provoking others to do the same. Featuring commitments by:

Naomi Ota
Stanley Archibald
Lelia Fleschin
Simon Thornton
Hélène Frichot
Paul Cook

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I shall try to see, feel and appreciate invisible beauties. And will create visibles with this invisible preciousness.

NAOMI OTA is a fibre installation artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work is a complex cross-over between textile and contemporary art. Her field also extends into theatrical installations. Ota has been working with a dance performance/installation unit, Tony Yap Company as a core member. Her understanding of culture as a native of Japan and her international experience as a professional artist have both contributed a unique cultural context to the discipline.

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Today I make a personal commitment to the future we design together
…by embracing intelligent design for a sustainable future.

STANLEY ARCHIBALD, who has 30 years hairdressing experience in both Australia and New Zealand, has designed and produced a range of hand made chemical-free hair care products for his clients for the past ten years. Fusing design sophistication with environmental responsibility, their collection of hair care products offers conscience free hair care. Archibalds’ shampoos, conditioners and styling products are chemical free, essential oil based and are packaged in eco-friendly recyclable containers. Archibalds' commitment to a sustainable future extends to their salon services, which include chemical free hair colouring and natural based treatments.

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I am committed to design and recycle new and old objects that I use daily in my life.

The door handle made of mice is a reaction to my husband's obsession with new IT stuff. We have a lot of computer parts that he likes to combine and change. He buys a lot of mice and I wanted to use them, rather than throw them away. The mouse seem to be the access to new spaces online, opening new windows, like door handles open new doors. This was also part of a submission to a Lockwood competition. Also , it wasn’t a winner, but I was flattered when the organisers sent me a mini-mouse and USB as a complimentary gift. I think they liked my idea. Now it is the door handle of our laundry door.

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A future where architectural fiction may be identified and enjoyed.

SIMON THORNTON was born in 1953, studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and is a partner of Simon and Freda Thornton Architects. He has taught Design at Deakin University and has written occasionally on architecture and heritage issues. Simon established the Architectural Fiction Association, and a blog, to develop a theoretical basis for a type of architecture which may be called ‘architectural fiction’ or ‘fiction (or fictive) architecture’. In the same way that a novel is a fictional text, (a pretence), it is possible that a building can be a work of fiction. An example from his own work is a house called The Aqueduct and Tent House which is a copy (in timber) of an aqueduct with (metal) tents ‘hanging’ off it. Thematically it addresses issues of permanence and ephemerality, heaviness and lightness, repetition and uniqueness, birth and death – in a way which is similar to Milan Kundera’s novel ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’. Simon hopes to bring together architects who are interested in architecture based on imitation, pretence, trickery and playful deception, as an alternative to most non-fictive architecture which may be categorised as clear, honest, sincere and didactic.

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To design less, and by using fewer resources. To not pursue design problems that are not, in fact, pressing problems. For instance, to talk eager clients out of unnecessary extensions and frenzies of home improvement. To make the project of home a simple one that unfolds slowly with time. To address real problems by way of discrete interventions, and not through grandiose gestures. To think more, and to activate thinking as a potential form of ethico-aesthetic engagement. To invent new forms of sociability and new potentials for collective enunciation. To think collectively toward the resolution of shared problems – the shared problems that also divide us.

Dr HÉLÈNE FRICHOT is a senior lecturer in the Program of Architecture,
RMIT University. While her first discipline is architecture, she also
holds a PhD in philosophy . Hélène is co-curator of Architecture+ Philosophy. Hélène’s research is located in the transdisciplinary field of architecture and philosophy. Her research maps the legacy of poststructuralist thought in the experimental practices of digital architects, designers and artists. Her current research is engaged in the combinatory of ethics and aesthetics for digital architecture and how new techniques and technologies open up new subjectivities and novel forms of community. Hélène’s work has been published broadly both nationally and internationally. Her research is broadly published as book chapters, in scholarly and professional journals. With the assistance of an RMIT Research Fellowship, Hélène is currently (2009) a Research Fellow at ADIP (Architecture Design Innovation Program), Technische Universität Berlin. And most importantly, Hélène is the mama of two young boys, Felix and Florian, and she shares her love and life with Rochus, their papa.

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I started out studying Architecture and Critical Theory because I was interested how we incorporate Architecture into our world. I am now intrigued how Architecture incorporates us into the world and by whose devising.

PAUL COOK started studying Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology before transferring over onto studying Religion, Philosophy, and Theology with a minor in Behavioural Science. His work since then has gone onto embrace diverse spheres including having studied at the Desmond Jones of Mime and Physical Theatre for two years and working within several alternative theatre companies. It has also bridged working with fringed alternative sub-cultures within our current Western Society including living along side the New Travellers within Britain for a year and a half. He has recently returned to formal studies at the University of Nottingham to pursue a degree in Architecture and Critical Theory. In so doing he hopes to take up Henri Lefebvre’s challenge to reintegrate Architectural Space within the larger category of Social Space to protect it from being sliced off into Reductionism [Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, p.104].

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PAST YEARS' PROGRAMS 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005


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Architecture + Philosophy provides a unique opportunity for a space of exchange between the two disciplines. While what we provide is a local space – Melbourne practitioners on Melbourne issues – the Architecture and Philosophy series 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 and the city.

For all enquiries, contact Esther Anatolitis. Co-curator Dr Hélène Frichot is on study leave in Germany in 2009. New to the series as guest curator in 2008 was Chelle Macnaughtan. about the curators


Summer 2005 Past MSCP Sessions