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86530 Design Studio: Spatial Agency

12cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial), 4hpw (studio), on campus
Requisite(s): 86529 Design Studio: Performative Spaces AND 86005 Design Studio: Inhabitations AND 86004 Design Studio: Foundations in Interior Architecture
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This design studio explores the potential of design to make positive contributions to the conditions and wellbeing of people, cultural practices and environments. It is the aim of this design studio to understand, design and interrogate the agency of space as a relational condition in the making of urban and regional space. Contesting conventional interpretations of the built environment as immovable and passive, this studio advocates architectural design practice as dynamic, active and performative. Focusing on socio-architectural spatial dynamics within complex political environments, the studio looks for opportunities in which design practice can make valued contributions to the communities and stakeholders in which your proposed architectural interventions are situated.

Proposing a dynamic relation between the social and architectural spatial formation, the studio investigates the complex relations between architectural and social space. Promoting provocative, expansive and contemporary potentials of architecture, Spatial Agency offers six 'live' studios to introduce a variety of sites, programs, and contexts including the adaptive reuse of the Eveleigh Railway Yards for co-working spaces, art studios, galleries and community spaces, a culturally appropriate house for young Aboriginal people in Walgett, an Indigenous community centre in Murrin Bridge, a family visits centre in the John Moroney corrections facility in Windsor, and the design of an events strategy for the NAIDOC Ball in Lake Cargelligo. Common to all studios is a commitment to social justice with which students are asked to situate a design scheme which provides tangible benefits for a predetermined group of stakeholders.

The design studios constitute the core of teaching and learning throughout the Interior Architecture program. Design projects are framed within theoretical discourse and positioning in the studio environment. Projects aim to build spatial intelligence and innovate environments through thoughtful and rigorous individual design processes. Accompanying the design studio is a series of weekly lectures and tutorials unpacking contemporary and historical case studies, theoretical frameworks and diagramming techniques to inform design process's and outcomes.

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