Designing appropriately - design projects to examine how contemporary civic buildings can be distinguishable in suburban and regional Australia

Harrison, S 2007, Designing appropriately - design projects to examine how contemporary civic buildings can be distinguishable in suburban and regional Australia, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title Designing appropriately - design projects to examine how contemporary civic buildings can be distinguishable in suburban and regional Australia
Author(s) Harrison, S
Year 2007
Abstract This research investigates contemporary architecture's difficulty in distinguishing new civic buildings from commercial and other non-public building types. Historically, the desire to create a clear typological distinction for the civic has come and gone through periods of time and key practitioners. Through projects, the masters attempts to formulate strategies to speak of the civic in the contemporary condition. The research aims to consider architectural language and its use in the context of new public buildings to establish a sense of difference from dominant urban typologies, and be grounded within a contemporary reading of the civic.

This project-based research features three principal resolved design projects - a Civic Centre in Mildura; Council Offices for the City of Hume, Broadmeadows; and a new 'civic school' in the Melbourne outer suburb of Mill Park. The design process undertaken for each project is subject to investigation of selected precedents, both contemporary and historical, and these are explored through an illustrated written chapter.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) civic
architecture
public
decorum
appropriate
suburban
legibility
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