RE:HAB comes to UC

Architecture students and professionals flock to UC

Graham Robinson

7 July: Awards, workshops, keynote speakers, a ball and a public art and sculpture display are all part of this year's Australia - New Zealand Student Architecture Congress RE:HAB, hosted at the University of Canberra.

The congress has been ushering in new thinking since the 1960s, and is considered to be a once in a lifetime experience - the highlight of an education.

"The RE:HAB congress will be a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and views on architecture and design. The Congress is arguably the most important event for architecture students in Australia and New Zealand, and attracts attendants from Asia Pacific countries and around the world," said organizing committee member, Katherine Mercer.

"The week long international assembly of students, graduates and emerging architects promotes critical engagement of contemporary themes, and develops a culture of discourse and mentorship," she said.

 L-R: Jeremy Wells and Will Eastlake with their 'Intervention', Bamboo

L-R: Jeremy Wells and Will Eastlake with their 'Intervention', Bamboo

RE:HAB  will feature a series of workshops and keynote speeches from over 80 acclaimed Australian and international architects and designers promoting engagement of contemporary themes, and developing a culture of discussion and mentorship.

Featured keynote speakers include:

 Glenn Murcutt - Pritzker Prize winner (architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize)

 Chris Bosse - Key designer on the Beijing National Aquatics Centre (Watercube)

 Nathaniel Corum - Rose Fellowship recipient and architect for humanities

 Mahmoud Saikal - University of Canberra architecture graduate and former 
                           Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister  
 Iain Maxwell -  Awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Young Architect Prize    

The Red Nest

The Red Nest

As part of the Australia - New Zealand Student Architecture Congress the University will feature a public art and sculpture display,'Intervention'.

'Intervention' is a selection of provocative physical structures designed and built by University of Canberra architecture students and includes:

Bamboo - Demonstrates basic techniques for lashing and jointing and general working with bamboo (splitting, bending and finishing) as well as exploring its versatility as a sustainable product through various projects.
The Red Nest - A structure that is a series of ribs that are interconnected with smaller ribs to form an arched shelter that has a slight shift in plain. It is to be a lightweight structure but at the same time appear heavy and grounded to the land as if its sticking out of the ground. The shelters rib like design allows for a play of light to occur with the openings providing angled projections of light to the inside of the shelter.

Hunting Grounds - Seeks to explore the poetics of architectural materials and space, with the intention to create a distinct and memorable experience of a place, 'hunting grounds' is an undulating terrain of thousands of timber lengths on end to be walked all over and felt underfoot.

Scissors and Spiders - Aesthetically delicate in nature yet showing strong structural qualities, the spider's web is the metaphorical basis for this intervention due to the vulnerability to its environment. The process of the pavilion's construction contributes to social sustainability; the structure has been designed for people to add to it and insert their own personal items within the web.

The Australia - New Zealand Student Architecture Congress runs until 10 July