University of Technology Sydney

11277 Architectural Studio 5

Requisite(s): (11273 Architectural Studio 1 AND 11274 Architectural Studio 2 AND 11275 Architectural Studio 3 AND 11276 Architectural Studio 4) OR (11211 Architectural Design: Forming AND 11227 Architectural Design: Performance AND 11209 Architectural Design: Making AND 11221 Architectural Design: Strategy)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.



Every other day we read that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Highly densified urban environments occupy our imaginations, but in reality, most people live in the suburbs. This phenomena is amplified in Australia. In fact Sydney is pure suburbia; it is all we’ve got.

The temples of the periphery articulate a new post-anthropocenic civic strategy; they produce urbanity as well as absorb it from their immediate context. They attempt to organise the outer context’s overabundance of information in a crystalised architectural form. As a consequence, it is not always about beauty. Yet, at the same time, it is only about beauty – and sometimes even about the possibility of a contemporary monumentality.

These infrastructural systems preserve the facade from the influence of the interior layout and avoid a strictly functionalist approach. The design of the facade is a major concern – something that occupies an important part of the semester, involving all our technical skills and the best part of our creative energy.

Both ambiguous and overambitious, the traditional architect’s repertoire is no longer able to provide the means to negotiate the multiple fields that coalesce in infrastructure. A new set of tools is required to straddle science and culture and mediate technical and social aspects of infrastructure. The studio proposals are defined by robust political agendas, strong territorial gestures, convincing contextual approaches, majestic formal strategies, sophisticated appropriations of architectural precedents, obstinate spatial tactics, simple organisational schemes, clear structural systems and banal technical details. The architecture of infrastructure scrutinises the performative role, financial logic, ecological repercussions, civic value and aesthetic impacts of the temples of today.

During the semester, the third year cohort investigates ten peripheral areas of greater Sydney. Ten haphazardly assembled suburbs where residential areas, industrial parks, rural settlements, natural reserves and infrastructural facilities all meet to form an incoherent and difficult whole. In each of them, students insert a new piece of public infrastructure.

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