Interior Urbanism: From Laneway to Arcade
Unit 1 continues its investigations in materiality and its impact on urbanism. In this iteration, the Unit will explore the modernist idea of a building podium or slab; conventionally treated as isolated discretized and privatized territory for formal greetings at the base of towers, mall for shopping or lift lobby to residential tower block confined to individual plot.
We will challenge this conventionality and explore novel treatments of urban ground that has the potential to extend and constitute new public experiences for our city.
Extended Brief: AAVS-UNIT 1-2017-MELBOURNE
Enabling The Intelligence of Cities
Statistics indicating that three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050 further reinforce the need for new urban strategies rooted in human culture.
How can the city become even more dense, more efficient, more connective, more organic and more fun and attractive to allow for even more cross pollination and human encounters?
We will seek to disrupt the Hoddle grid and look for sites and opportunities to intervene, looking to generate morphologies which connect the horizontal to the vertical. Design a cluster of skyscrapers, or connect existing buildings, which are spread over the city, in a physical innovative and meaningful way.
Extended Brief: AAVS-UNIT 2-2017-MELBOURNE
Catalytic Interventions 2
Unit 3 welcomes this year’s AAVS focus on the city’s laneways to further the investigation into spaces that enable existing as well as radically new social patterns and practices. The Unit aims to critically engage and strengthen the role of architecture within the tide of virtualization. Digital techniques will shift analysis, augmentation and projection of sensitive and adaptive relational systems, fostering tight interconnectedness, communication and exchange across all levels and disciplines.
Newly projected interstitial architectural structures are sought to further enrich the laneways interstitial character and role as resistor and initiator of diversified urban and social life. As a group we will speculate on the dissemination of new leisure spaces and public modes of engagement with the city that are bas ed on collective and individual action and spaces of hybridized occupancy.
Theo Sarantogolu Lalis
Extended Brief: AAVS-UNIT 3-2017-MELBOURNE