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86114 Context: Performance

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
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Active participation in Orientation weeks activities is highly recommended, as it is when students are inducted in software management and model making workshops. During Orientation weeks, a subject presentation lecture of one hour summarises the full set of contents, exercises and methodologies that students go through during the session.

A collection of essential readings is published in UTSOnline before Oweek starts. Students go through them before the session starts. The mentioned texts configure an important part of the subject's theoretical core.

Core subject: Context


This subject is the first of four construction subjects running across the interior architecture program.

Context experimentations help students to achieve intuitive understanding of construction and 'micro-tectonic' logics that affect the materialisation of interior and spatial designs.

During the session, students design and put together a set of construction systems, speculating on the construction of unbuilt case studies with historical and disciplinary relevance. The unbuilt condition is essential to position each student in a critical and highly explorative context.

Students receive the task of turning a 'competition entry'. Any selected case study also complies with:

  • representing a manifesto of spatial design as a highly conceptual and political act of exploration and manifestation
  • being key examples of performative approaches to the production and critique of contemporary space
  • trespassing the boundaries of formal simplicity, representing a remarkable challenge to students in terms of designing construction solutions.

Methodologically, the session is designed as a sequence of interactive lectures and studio sessions that, combined with strategic exercises and a curated collection of multimedia resources, provide students with insight into the multi-scalar and ecosystemic logics that characterise construction of space. The lectures, bibliographic selection and exercises help students to understand the complex range of tools and ingredients involved in conceptualisation and materialisation of spatial construction. Students acquire a deeper understanding of:

  1. the principle of project identity – preserving or intentionally challenging the pre-scripted functional identity of studied precedent through construction decisions
  2. material typologies – properties, types and transformation techniques (in manufacture of components)
  3. the principle of hierarchy – construction as a hierarchical relation between systems, subsystems and components
  4. the principle of connections in construction
  5. shape, form and size as a negotiation between function, aspect and assemblage demands
  6. representation – tools, systems techniques, scales and grammars relevant to the design and representation of construction
  7. the principle of tectonics – the limits of the tectonic behaviour when designing any structural component.

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Access conditions

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