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Built Environment: From Virtual to Reality - A Capital Idea(l)

This intensive unit offers students the unique opportunity to design and build a small-scale structure for public ‘in-habitation’. Conceived as a dynamic, expansive and contemporary program, the unit content is based on projects related to prevailing cultural themes, and is varied annually.The unit will culminate in a showcase event in which the students will present their collaborative project (in-situ) to the public for which it was designed.

Built Environment Exhibition and Public In-habitation

The unit capitalises on the multiple benefits and inspirations that the mechanics of building can afford the student learning experience. Through a combination of critical research, field trips, expert workshops, iterative explorations, and collaborative project work, students will develop the skills and methods necessary to develop a design from inception to full-scale completion. Centred on agendas related to social benefit, the unit additionally explores the potential of designed interventions as agents for positive social action.

You will
  • Work with Local Industry
  • Have access to local workshops and design studios
  • Design and Build a In-situ Exhibition
  • Be taught by expert staff from the University of Canberra
  • Get involved in group exhibition preparation and display including an opportunity to showcase your works
  • Visit Australian galleries and exhibitions
  • Collaborate in workshops and group discussions with Australian and other international students
  • Enjoy an interactive learning experience in studio based environments
  • Tour to Sydney and Canberra cities, various events and attractions
  • Access to local industry, studios and workshops
Area of Study Architecture, Design, Built Environment, Planning, Landscape and Interior Design/Architecture, Industrial Design
Topics
  • Spatial design experimentation
  • Iterative and generative design processes as they relate to unstable and temporary space
  • Urban Analysis and Urban Mapping (including analysis and communication strategies)
  • The future of cities (social connectivity)
  • Form finding through Architectural Diagramming and Architectural Abstraction
  • Site Specificity; the effect of place
  • Approach, access and thresholds in architectural space
  • Programmed v programmable Space
  • Materiality and the ‘atmosphere’ of space
  • Exploration of inhabitation and spatial organization for ‘spaces of spectacle’
  • Design for manufacture/construction
  • The tectonics of construction
  • Management of temporary spaces and events (exhibition)
Course Outline

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From Virtual to Reality: a Capital Idea(l)
Course Duration6 weeks: 3 weeks of online preparation prior to 3 weeks in country on campus (face to face)
In Country Course Dates11th - 30th June 2018
CostAUD$4900*
LocationCanberra & Sydney
Inclusions
  • Campus Shared Accommodation
  • Course enrolment fee
  • Materials and Exhibition materials
  • Local workshops and masterclasses
  • Airport transfers in Canberra
  • Sydney Excursion (transport, some entry fees, some meals and accommodation)
Exclusions
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

Topics

  • Spatial design experimentation
  • Iterative and generative design processes as they relate to unstable and temporary space
  • Urban Analysis and Urban Mapping (including analysis and communication strategies)
  • The future of cities (social connectivity)
  • Form finding through Architectural Diagramming and Architectural Abstraction
  • Site Specificity; the effect of place
  • Approach, access and thresholds in architectural space
  • Programmed v programmable Space
  • Materiality and the ‘atmosphere’ of space
  • Exploration of inhabitation and spatial organization for ‘spaces of spectacle’
  • Design for manufacture/construction
  • The tectonics of construction
  • Management of temporary spaces and events (exhibition)
Credit

Upon completion of the assessment, the University of Canberra will issue an official academic transcript, the equivalent to 6 university credit points (approximately 2 courses/classes/modules).

Learning Outcomes

1. Expand the complexity of design practice through strategies relates to the generation of built outcomes
2. Intensify theoretical speculation through complex contemporary theories
3. Explore configurations between context, objects and bodies
4. Demonstrate competency in advanced and engaging communication methods
5. Present a resolved final design and make project
6. Demonstrate skills associated with directing and managing temporary design and installation

Assessment Items1. Precedent Study- approx. 1000 words + images
2. Installation Design
3. Installation Production
*CostsPrices indicated above are for international students.  UC domestic students can contact FAD.International@canberra.edu.au for internal pricing.

Program Itinerary*

Day 1

Mon 11 June

Arrive in Canberra

Day 2

Tues 12 June

Morning: Orientation

Afternoon: Project Briefing Part A

Evening: Group dinner (with VCD)

Day 3

Wed 13 June

Morning:  Seminar: Urban Analysis + Mapping Methodologies

Afternoon: Site Visit including Urban Analysis + Mapping

Day 4

Thurs 14 June

Morning: Collation of Urban Analysis + Mapping Exercises . Development of visualization strategy; urban diagrams

Afternoon: Presentations (to group)

Day 5

Fri 15 June

Morning: City Architecture Tour

Afternoon: Project Briefing, Part B

Day 6

Sat 16 June

Morning: Depart to Sydney

Afternoon: Sydney events and tour

Day 7

Sun 17 June

Sydney Weekend

Day 8

Mon 18 June

Morning: Sydney

Afternoon: Return to Canberra   

Day 9

Tues 19 June

Morning: Design Workshops

Afternoon: Design Studio (iterative design ideas, testing and prototyping)

Day 10

Wed 20 June

Morning: Design Workshops

Afternoon: Design Studio

Day 11

Thurs21 June

Morning: Design Workshops

Afternoon: Design Studio

Day 12

Fri 22 June

Morning: Design Studio

Afternoon: Final Design Presentation (Assessment Item 2)

Evening: Pizza Dinner and Architectural Movie Night

Day 13/14

Sat 23/24 June

FREE WEEKEND

Day 15

Mon 25 June

Morning: Industry Masterclass and in-situ installation

Afternoon: In-situ installation

Day 16

Tues 26 June

Morning: Industry Masterclass and in-situ installation

Afternoon: In-situ installation

Day 17

Wed 27 June

Morning: Industry Masterclass and in-situ installation

Afternoon: In-situ installation

Day 18

Thurs 28 June

Morning: In-situ installation

Afternoon: In-situ installation

Evening: Opening and Exhibition

Day 19

Fri 29 June

Morning: Installation removal

Afternoon: Post-project analysis and wrap-up

Evening: Closing dinner

Day 20

Sat 30 June

Final day

*Itinerary is subject to change

Itinerary is based on face to face course requirements. An element of online enrolment, research and engagement is required prior to course commencement.

UC Current Students

Applications NOW OPEN, please submit your application HERE

International Applications open HERE on January 10th, 2018

International Application Deadlines

Open: January 10th, 2018

Close: February 28th, 2018

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to participate in the Program?
    • What strengths will you bring to the group and the Program itself?
    • What are your particular discipline areas of interest that you want to explore/discover?
  • English as a Second Language: A letter of English language proficiency from your home university*
  • Transcript with current subjects, enrolled units and grades
  • Portfolio: Students applying for Built Environment programs will be required to submit a portfolio with a  selection of works demonstrating intermediate competencies in 3D cad modeling, and Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator.  These works should be presented as no more than 8 pages, and should be saved as a single PDF document.
  • Successfully completed 24 cps or of one year full time study

Course Eligibility

  • This course is conducted in English. An academic level of English language proficiency is required  (on all courses)
  • Placements will be awarded based on academic merit and written application (on all courses)
  • Skills in digital modelling, drafting and composition
  • Prior studies in: Architecture, Interior Architecture/Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning/Design, Industrial Design, Building Design, Arts and Design

*a letter of language proficiency is not required from students from partner universities from the following countries: Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland or Germany.

For further information, please contact the UC Study Abroad office: studyabroad@canberra.edu.au