Wonderstuff and turbulence: The RMIT building 36 project

Mitsogianni, V 2015, 'Wonderstuff and turbulence: The RMIT building 36 project', in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-3 October 2015, pp. 81-93.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Wonderstuff and turbulence: The RMIT building 36 project
Author(s) Mitsogianni, V
Year 2015
Conference name 8th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Conference location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference dates 2-3 October 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Publisher Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Place of publication Christchurch, New Zealand
Start page 81
End page 93
Total pages 13
Abstract The RMIT Building 36 Project was a research-led design studio that I co-led which ran in the Master of Architecture Program at RMIT (2014). The studio was a live project in its early stages to reimage an existing leased building as a new learning environment to suit two academic units. The studio was one part of a wider learning environments project which was a collaboration between my design-practice research project called The Speculative Campus Project (which explores generative design processes and university learning environments in which the social spaces are the predominant model), the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, PMA and RMIT Property Services, who were the client and commissioned the studio and larger research project. It also involved two user groups for the building and the building owner. The project brought together a series of research projects and industry partners to collaborate on a wider research project -focussed on generating speculative propositions for new learning environments, using a specific building as a test case. This paper will discuss the project and collaboration as well as the diagram which was developed to illustrate and manage the complex collaborative process. It will do so within a wider proposition that the research-led design studio is an avenue to not only integrate research and teaching, but also to pursue multiple research trajectories, drawing together a wide number of participants and expertise. It will be framed within the proposition that we need to stop thinking of the studio as a subject or course and see it as a dynamic and strangely efficient agent which can draw together the culture of an architecture school by congregating a number of people, disciplines, competing ideas, industry partners, research projects, research outcomes and, most importantly, by facilitating public communication among these cohorts.
Subjects Architectural Design
Keyword(s) Architectural Pedagogy
Architectural Design Research
Research collaborations
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