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Friday, March 17th, 2017

Sydney Architecture students learn “real life” lessons from affordable housing project

The Indigenous community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland was the focus of architecture who were given the unique opportunity to work with community leaders on an affordable housing project.

Known as the Burri Gummin (‘one fire’) Affordable Housing Project, the students were contributing to an ongoing housing project led by a working party of Yarrabah Traditional Owners and local residents.

The project was facilitated by two Cairns-based, non-profit organisations: Worklink, an employment support group, and the Centre for Appropriate Technology, servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities living in remote areas of Australia.

Sixteen Master of Architecture students were invited onto Gunggandji country in far north Queensland to consult with community leaders on environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive housing designs suited to the hot and humid tropics.

The University of Sydney’s Michael Mossman, one of the senior lecturers in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning driving the project, said, “The challenge was facilitating the student immersion and seeing how they would engage with Gunggandji country, the Yarrabah community, and the project brief. The students were overwhelmingly positive and have opened the door for future engagement with the Yarrabah community.”

Vince Schreiber, the King of Yarrabah and a representative of the working party on the Burri Gummin Affordable Housing Project commented on the student concepts: “They really took on some important information about what the land is all about, how we connect to country, and they really integrated it into the planning and the project itself.”

Vi Le, a recent graduate of Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney, was one of four alumni who worked on the project as a student mentor. She believes it was a unique opportunity as “the students had real clients, a real site that they visited and explored, and an actual community they had to respond to, all while tackling complex policy and cultural issues that usually get labelled ‘too difficult’ for a tertiary design project. The greatest challenge was having only two days in Yarrabah to learn from the community and observe the changing weather of a tropical climate.”

Vi Le believes that the students learned how crucial it is to engage with the local community. “Working with specific people with specific needs and expectations made the project very real for the students and gave them a real sense of social justice and responsibility.

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“The architecture profession needs to self-reflect on what it really means to be an architect in an age of climate change, social injustices, in the absence of political will and leadership. We cannot simply rely on drawings of buildings that do not address the wider issues or are illegible to most people outside of our profession,” she said.

Michael Mossman, who has historical connections to Gunggandji country, added, “The experience was special for me, as it provided a chance to work with a community where I have strong historical links and gave me the opportunity to reconnect to place. The community was wonderful in welcoming staff and students onto country and sharing valuable knowledge, which we accepted with great privilege.”

The project is the subject of a new exhibition “Venice | Yarrabah Lines of Enquiry” that officially opened on March 9. It features drawings of the students’ housing concepts and video used to present their design ideas to the Yarrabah community.

The Yarrabah housing project is displayed alongside architectural models exhibited at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale by another group of Master of Architecture students.


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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

A new state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub was launched Jan. 24, 2017 at Bond University in the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC), providing unprecedented access to the latest multimedia technologies for students and staff.

The Digital Media Hub, which was co-funded by the Balnaves Foundation and Bond University Student Association (BUSA), will be used for academic-led classes, development of pod/vod casts, as well as independent learning by students out-of-hours.

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

The new digital media hub at Bond (Photo credit: Bond University)

It consists of three main zones:

  • The micro studio for content creation and production, featuring a green screen, HD remote controlled PTZ cameras, three-point production lighting, a teleprompter and monitors, Apple Mac, quality audio capture and playback facilities and virtual reality (VR) hardware.
  • Study lounge areas featuring individual or group-based learning spaces, USB charging stations, BYOD capability to support streaming platforms.
  • Individual digital media workstations with access to a range of software based digital media production, editing, 3D modelling and animation and CAD software plus 12 high-end PCs and Mac Pros.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the purpose-built facility had been created to meet the needs of both students and academics for an interactive, multimedia learning space.

“Along with the growing use of virtual reality teaching apps and technologies by academics in our classrooms, comes the need for all our students to access these technologies to study, learn and create in their own time,” Professor Brailsford said.

“For example, our Health Sciences and Medicine students are creating 3D models of organs and general anatomy; our Film and Television students are creating and editing films; our Architecture students are using CAD for modelling their designs; our Advertising and Journalism students are creating audio and video media for online distribution; and our Interactive Media students are creating mobile applications, software and games.

“Furthermore, our students and academics will be able to use the micro studio to edit podcasts and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend seminars anywhere in the world, at any time, via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

“We are very grateful to the Balnaves Foundation for their continued generosity and support. This extension to the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will ensure Bond remains at the cutting-edge of educational technology and we continue to provide our students with world-class facilities.”

Balnaves Foundation General Manager Hamish Balnaves said the foundation was proud to be part of the continued evolution of the award-winning Multimedia Learning Centre.

“The Digital Media Hub will further enable Bond’s academics to deliver a combination of personal interaction and digital learning 24-7, and ensure its students are well equipped to enter the modern global workforce,” Mr Balnaves said.


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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

University of Sydney students unveiled their big architectural visions for a series of landmark cultural buildings and public spaces in Sydney and regional NSW in a final graduate exhibition that opened on Nov. 24.

It is recognised as one of the most influential student architecture shows of the year, drawing thousands of visitors on opening night. The annual showcase reveals the bold and intelligent ideas of a new generation of architects.

Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

Master of Architecture student Dong Ho Lee’s vision for a Town Hall public library that acts as an extension of the future pedestrianised George Street, to improve the experiential quality of Town Hall by introducing an internal public space. (Image: University of Sydney)

Elizabeth Carpenter, an alumna of the University of Sydney and Managing Principal of fjmt, said “We are inspired by the ideas emerging from the new generation. These ideas are our future. For the ongoing viability of the profession, recent graduates are vital in maintaining our relevance in a rapidly changing world.”

The work on display comes from eight graduation studios, where Sydney Architecture students spent four months creating their design and model in their final year of study. Each studio gives students a fictitious brief to develop designs for landmark Sydney cultural institutions and public spaces, as well as regional community projects that reflect on an Australian identity.

“The synthesis of research and design excellence cultivated by our staff and students fundamentally re-envisages what architecture is, tackling the complex challenges of contemporary life with intelligence and vision,” said Dr Sandra Löschke, Director of the Masters architecture program at the University of Sydney.

A show highlight is 150 exquisite architectural models that capture the design skill that students have mastered during their studies, supported by the unrivalled modelling and fabrication workshops in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

“The exhibition’s ‘model highways’ quite literally transport these visionary ideas into mainstream culture and allow us to make a fundamental difference,” added Dr Löschke.

Master of Architecture students present unique designs for a Sydney square at Town Hall, an Observatory and Planetarium at South Head, a museum for the Australian Institute of Architects incorporating the historic Tusculum building, and a cultural institution on the site of The Goods Line behind the ABC, now the new Ultimo Pedestrian Network. Travelling west to Wiradjuri country, another group envisages a series of cultural and community buildings lining the main street of Dubbo.

Inspired by the work of Jørn Utzon, Bachelor of Design in Architecture students provide innovative designs and models for a monumental performance space to fill the void behind the Sydney Mint on the edge of the Domain.

“Each piece of work speaks eloquently of the commitment, vision and just plain hard work of our students, tutors and staff,” said Michael Muir, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Design in Architecture undergraduate program.

University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Degrees

Master of Architectural Science (several streams to choose from)
Master of Architecture
Master of Heritage Conservation
Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts
Master of Urban Design (Architectural & Urban Design)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urbanism (several majors to choose from)

Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is currently ranked #1 in Australia for architecture according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Darlington Campus, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March and July each year
Application deadline: January 30 and June 29; however, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016

Melbourne’s booming Airbnb market

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Airbnb property market in Melbourne, showing the number of monthly bookings has rocketed by 600 percent in the last two years.

Melbourne's booming Airbnb market

Melbourne Airbnb property market has boomed in the last 2 years

At the same time, the total number of Airbnb houses, apartments, bed-and-breakfast units and private rooms has grown steadily from fewer than 5,000 in October 2014, to approximately 17,500 listings in metropolitan Melbourne today.

The research, conducted by Dr Gideon Aschwanden and Dr Andy Krause from the Melbourne School of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, also found that the market grew most quickly over the summer months from December 2015 to February 2016.

“Over the summer period, around $12 to $14 million a month, or $500,000 a night, was spent on Airbnb in Melbourne,” they said. “This compares to $A2 million a month, or $65,000 every night in October 2014.”

While market growth predictably slowed over winter (occupancy rates are lower), monthly revenues in 2016 are still more than double what they were in the same month last year and they look set to rise again over spring.

“It will be interesting to see if a similar seasonal market increase occurs again this coming summer of if we witness ‘peak’ Airbnb.”

The research report includes detailed information on each property—such as location, number of rooms, and advertisement dates. It also includes information about the daily booking status and price of each property for each day since October 2014.

Dr Aschwanden and Dr Krause also identified the hotspots for Airbnb accommodation in Melbourne.

The greatest concentration of Airbnb properties is in the CBD near Southern Cross Station. Other clusters are on the northern end of Chapel Street in South Yarra, St Kilda, the Carlton/Fitzroy/Collingwood area and the southern end of Bay Street in Port Melbourne.

Overall, nearly all Airbnb units in Melbourne as located within 5 to 7 km of the CBD. Entire homes and apartments have the highest occupancy rates compared with private rooms.


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Thursday, July 14th, 2016

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

The University of Newcastle (UON)’s Watt Space gallery has taken out the prestigious Blacket prize, which recognises the best architectural projects in regional New South Wales.

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

UON Watt Space gallery (Photo: UON)

The win was announced at the 2016 Architecture Awards in Sydney, where the Watt Space gallery also received an award in the small project architecture category and was officially shortlisted for the public architecture category.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the win was a testament to the role Watt Space gallery would play in the revitalisation of Newcastle CBD, as well as the impact the space would have on the city’s creatives.

“Watt Space gallery is a vital space within our city, as it provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their works in a new and innovative environment which has had a profound impact on the city centre,” he said.

“Our students and alumni are some of our greatest assets, and the University of Newcastle is proud to be able to provide a space for them to explore their ideas and embrace their creativity.“

The Blacket prize was introduced in 1964 as a way to recognise outstanding construction projects outside of Sydney. University of Newcastle buildings have received the award four times in the past:

1967 – Shortland Union Building by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1969 – Staff House (Isabellas) by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1995 – Design Faculty Building by Stutchbury & Pape
2003 – Birabahn Centre – Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury & Sue Harper
2016 – Watt Space Gallery Refurbishment – Andrew Donaldson Architecture & Design

Watt Space re-opened its doors in November 2015 on the ground floor of Northumberland House, on the corner of Auckland and King Streets in Newcastle’s CBD after undergoing refurbishment. It was previously located at University House on Auckland Street.


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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Robot art, architecture and design in live lab

Robots that mimic human hand gestures, do life drawings, and print intricate 2D and 3D clay shapes and structures form a pop-up lab in the new exhibition, Robots in Architecture 2016 – Developing the Future, at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery.

Four KUKA and ABB industrial robots demonstrate novel design and production techniques that may be used to break new ground in design and fabrication in the architecture and construction industries in the future.

University of Sydney Architecture School

Robotic live lab, Code to Production, in Tin Sheds Gallery at Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. (Photo credit: Dr Dagmar Reinhardt)

The University of Sydney’s Dr Dagmar Reinhardt, Chair of the recent ROB|ARCH2016 global conference, and Program Director in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, said, “Beyond setting protocols and automation processes for fabrication, we are expanding the possibilities of human-machine interactions for collaboration in industry. This has the real potential to lift productivity and economic growth for the building industries.”

The robotic live lab, Code To Production, is part of a larger exhibition showcasing robot-driven designs and processes that were seen at the ROB|ARCH2016 Robots in Architecture conference in Sydney, and produced by DMaF Architecture Robotics Lab at the University of Sydney.

A research-led design elective that is part of architectural studies at the university, the lab introduces undergraduate and postgraduate students to robotic 2D and 3D processes that are explored in the Tin Sheds exhibition every Thursday over the next three weeks.

“They are testing design ideas and methods developed at the interactive 3D printing workshop that we ran with IACC Barcelona and Harvard University at ROB|ARCH2016 in March,” said Dr Reinhardt.

“Developing skills sets that adopt traditional craftsmanship for current state-of-the-art technologies such as robotic fabrication, plays an important role for researchers, practice and industry.

“Exposing these processes to our students allows us to shape future generations of architects and increase Australia’s competitiveness in architecture and creative robotics,” she said.

The use of robotic fabrication in architecture and construction has grown rapidly over the last 15 years, and continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creativity using robots is harnessed by the creative industries.

Interviews with 37 leading robotic researchers at ROB|ARCH2016 talking about their current research, the potential impact on industry, and the 10-year outlook also feature in the exhibition. Footage of robots in action at eight conference workshops, and a sample of prototypes, installations and material tests produced by the robots, is also displayed.

Every two years the ROB|ARCH Robots in Architecture, Art and Design conference sees the largest gathering of robotics researchers in architecture and design from around the world. The Sydney conference drew over 250 academics, practitioners and industry researchers in robotic fabrication from 10 countries including Australia, USA, China, Korea, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Spain.

ROB|ARCH2016 was hosted by the University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning alongside partnering Australian universities: The University of NSW, Bond University, RMIT, University of Technology Sydney, and Monash University in conjunction with the Association for Robots in Architecture and several international university and industry collaborators.


Learn more about studying architecture at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Sydney Opera House project assisted by University of Sydney researchers

Sydney’s iconic Opera House has embarked on a concrete conservation project that will keep the grand diva of construction looking its best for future artists, audiences and visitors.

The Sydney Opera House in conjunction with researchers from the University of Sydney have spent the past 18 months researching and cataloging an inventory of renovation and restoration needs for the World Heritage-listed site.

University of Sydney Architecture School

The famous Sydney Opera House

The project forms part of the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative, dedicated to the conservation of significant 20th century architecture around the world.

“The Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable concrete buildings. With its unique sculptural form, the building is known for its innovative use of structural concrete as an architectural element,” says Sydney Opera House Building Director Greg McTaggart.

“As we renew the building for the next generation we are currently reviewing and updating our asset management approach. The team’s research results will be integrated into the Opera House’s long-term conservation management plan and will be easily accessible to building managers and staff involved in the day-to-day maintenance of the building.”

Professor Gianluca Ranzi from the University of Sydney School of Civil Engineering said, “Concrete is a highly versatile material that has been used since the Roman Empire.

“In the last century it enjoyed a renaissance and, since then, has been used as primary material in many modern-day constructions, including the Opera House designed by Jørn Utzon and completed in 1973.

“Academics and students from the disciplines of civil engineering, chemical engineering, architectural science and heritage conservation have been involved in this project by undertaking specialised students’ projects.

“They have been contributing to various aspects ranging from the analysis of past and current concrete condition assessment reports to the development of the structural assessment framework for the Opera House within the context of concrete conservation principles, addressing the needs of historic twentieth-century concrete buildings.

“This has been an extraordinary experience for our students who have been able to be exposed to one of world’s most attractive concrete structures, and it has been a pleasure to see them engaged with this project,” says Professor Ranzi.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture degree operates around a series of studios that require students to engage at a graduate level with projects with an emphasis on research, design and vision. Student work is defined by the rigours of industry practice and surveys the social, environmental, practical and aesthetic needs of the brief while working within the larger context of architectural theory and philosophy. The University of Sydney is currently ranked #1 in Australia for architecture according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Degree: Master of Architecture
Location: Darlington Campus, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March and July
Application deadline: January 30 and June 29; however, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

University of Newcastle’s Architecture and Built Environment rank well

The University of Newcastle’s  Architecture and Built Environment discipline has ranked in the top 50 in the world, for the second consecutive year in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject list, announced last week.

University of Newcastle Architecture and Built Environment

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Three other subjects, geography, engineering (civil and structural) and nursing, joined architecture in the year’s top 100 subject rankings. UON had eight subjects ranked in the world’s top 150 and an overall total of 14 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the University of Newcastle’s global reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation had resulted in another outstanding performance in the 2016 QS subject rankings.

“UON consistently ranks in the top 300 universities in the world and in the top eight universities in Australia for the number of fields of research ranked as well above world standard in the Excellence in Research Australia assessment.

“We congratulate our Architecture and Built Environment colleagues on another outstanding result. The school has a unique focus on managing, designing and planning for resilience in our built environments and hosts five Architects in Residence, all recipients of the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal.

“Our School for Architecture and Built Environment is also home to the United Nations International Training Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery, which builds on our academic strengths in disaster recovery disciplines and which will help our researchers and partners shape cutting-edge programs that make a real difference to communities around the world coping with disasters.

“We are proud that many of our faculties had subjects ranked in the top 200. Our continued success in the QS subject rankings is important for a university which as a global leader works to drive world class innovation with its partners across its regions,” said Professor McMillen.


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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Bond University Architecture Lecture Series

The unique landscape of the Gold Coast is set to be a topic of discussion at the first event of the Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016, with a seminar that brings together notable landscape architects from across Australia and internationally to examine the relationship between landscape and built environment.

Bond University Abedian School of Architecture

Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016 will be held Feb. 19 (Image credit: Bond University)

Titled “Catalysts, Connections and Interventions,” the event will feature a broad range of approaches to understanding and working with landscape, with international guest speakers Sofie Willems and Joan Maria Raun Nielsen, principal landscape architects at Spektrum Arkitekter in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss citizen engagement and activation in design work.

The seminar will take place at Bond University’s award-winning Abedian School of Architecture building on Feb. 19 and is free to members of the general public to attend.

It will launch the Bond University Lecture Series for 2016, a free regular event hosted by practitioners and academics helping to expand and explore the definition of architectural practice and its role in creating the contemporary built environment.

Kevin O’Brien, Principal Architect of Kevin O’Brien Architects (KOA), will open the Catalysts, Connections and Interventions seminar with a discussion into ritualised landscape as an origin for architecture, followed by Gerard McCormick, Principal Landscape Architect for Cardno, who will discuss how the use of open space on the Gold Coast makes the area unique.

The theme of landscape architecture as a catalyst for change, will be discussed by Professor Sue Anne Ware, Landscape Architect and Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment at University of Newcastle.

The event will be further complemented by Dan Plummer and Belinda Smith of Plummer and Smith and locally based Danish landscape architect Marianne Kristensen Carter, who will discuss their approach to landscape design and the work of their respective practices.

Professor Adrian Carter, Head of Architecture at Bond University, said he encouraged anyone with a keen interest in the relationship between the built and natural environment to come along to the first lecture of the series on Feb. 19.

“We are thrilled to be hosting such an impressive group of landscape architects and architects for the first seminar of the Architecture Lecture Series for 2016,” he said.

“Landscape informs and defines our sense of being and identity, both individually and collectively. Our appreciation of landscape and the interventions that we make within it connects us to the natural environment, binds together our built environment and sets the stage for the narratives that define our culture.

“We are very fortunate to be able to welcome our Danish guest speakers Sofie Willems and Joan Maria Raun Nielsen from Spektrum Arkitekter in Copenhagen, whose work linking urban planning, the built environment and landscape design has gained much recognition.”

Presenting as part of the successful lecture series later this year will be Richard Hassell of Singapore-based architecture practice WOHA at the Asia Pacific Architecture Symposium in Brisbane and Jimenez Lai of Los Angeles firm Bureau Spectacular.

Professor Carter said the Architecture Lecture Series had grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2013, with an outstanding line-up of world-renowned architects set to take the stage in 2016.

“We are particularly excited to announce that Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in Los Angeles will be taking part in this year’s series. His work has been widely acclaimed and is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and will be a centrepiece at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California,” he said.

“Mr Lai’s provocative and colourful, non-conformist approach to architecture has garnered much attention, and his presentation in September will certainly be very visually fascinating and thought provoking.”


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Monday, January 25th, 2016

Sydney architecture students give street vendor shelter a design makeover

The humble street vendor cart and shelter that lines the streets of many Asian cities and is a key driver of local economies will get a design makeover by Australian and Indonesian architecture students this month.

A group of students from the University of Sydney Architecture School and Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung – ITB) in Indonesia are taking part in a two-week international exchange to redesign the imposing structures that are widely found on the streets of Indonesia.

University of Sydney Architecture School

Architecture students from the University of Sydney and Bandung Institute of Technology finalise their design concept Bunga Bandung (translation: flower). Photo: Sarah Rhodes via University of Sydney

Indonesian native Dr Rizal Muslimin, one of the organisers of the exchange who lectures in architecture at the University of Sydney said, “While street vendors provide goods and services to the local community, their temporary carts and shelters often become permanent fixtures that cause major congestion and cleanliness problems. Yet street vendors are a vibrant part of the local culture and an important driver of local business,” said Dr Muslimin.

Eight architecture students from Indonesia are spending one week in Sydney working with six students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The group are using the university’s advanced digital fabrication labs to develop prototype designs for a deployable, lightweight shelter.

“Students are asked to come up with portable, low-cost structure that is quick and simple to erect and dismantle. They must also consider materials that are widely available in Indonesia, which they will use to build their structure,” said Dr Muslimin.

After developing the designs in Sydney, the student group will return to Bandung in Indonesia to spend a week building their prototypes and test driving the new shelters on the streets of Indonesia.

“The students will be involved in seeing if their design holds up in the local environment and getting feedback from local vendors on whether it meets their needs.

“They will also gain a greater understanding of the informal street economy, which is the livelihood of many people in developing countries,” he said.

Muslimin believes that the prototype shelters may also have the potential for use in local community markets in Australia.

“The needs of stallholders in Australia’s own community markets are not dissimilar to the Indonesians. They both need something that is easy to transport and set up and pull down in a short space of time,” said Dr Muslimin.

The travelling studio is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.


Learn more about studying architecture at the University of Sydney Architecture School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Architecture Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.