Studio 41

Create | Curate: Sensory (Re)Treat

Yui Uchimura

This studio is available to students enrolled in ABPL90142 Studio C, ABPL90143 Studio D, and ABPL90115 Studio E.

Studio Description

Can architecture create spaces that intimately attune our senses and selves to both creativity and craft?

A culture of design and making is richly ingrained into the psyche of Melbourne. Yet often, friction exists between creativity and craft; historical context and modern process; technical and conceptual; material and abstract; seclusion and interaction; and, the architectural product that is finished and complete, versus a speculative framework which allows for idiosyncratic contributions.

The studio will explore the spatial qualities and atmospheres conducive for collaborations between craft and creativity. Furthermore, the studio will enquire how these discourses are bridged between the workshop and dwelling, stimulated both by serendipitous social collision, and inspiration from nature.

Architecture’s role as an existential art will be investigated, with an inquiry into how embodied memories work with design affordances to create possibilities for action, creation and creativity.

Studio Outcomes

The studio will begin with investigations into the technical, material, historical, geographical and abstract facets of creation, by focusing on a range of approaches within a particular craft. Students will research historical relationships between craft processes and their ecological environments, considering how crafts could tap into and enhance our understanding of local ecological contexts.

These findings will inform the brief for the main project, which will explore the financial and socio-economics of shared resources through a community of residences and shared studio facilities, negotiating the dynamics between a sense of community and desire for personal creative space.

A focus on enactive design methods and sensory experimentation will encourage students to critically examine their own creative processes. Concepts will be articulated in three-dimensional forms that pay homage to the researched craft and sensory artistry. Students will explore design and detailing that is intimately informed by craft, culminating in highly tactile, sensory architectural spaces that tell a rich story of its inhabitants and community.

Studio Leaders

YUI UCHIMURA is a Melbourne based architect with experience across the various disciplines of architecture, graphics and fabrication in both Australia and Japan, having worked in local practices such as Six Degrees & KTA. She completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, focusing her independent research on how architectural frameworks can facilitate dynamic, evolving spaces open to creative appropriation. Having spent time in Japan studying timber fabrication and various regional crafts, her primary interest is how a dialogue between design and tangible craft processes can facilitate a more enduring architecture grounded in the local people and environments.

Readings & References

  • Holl, Steven et al, ‘Questions of perception: Phenomenology of Architecture’
  • NoĆ«, Alvar; ‘Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature’
  • Pallasmaa, Juhani; ‘The Eyes of the Skin’
  • Pallasmaa, Juhani; ‘The Thinking Hand’
  • Pascoe, Bruce; ‘Dark Emu’
  • Rasmussen, Steen Eiler; ‘Experiencing Architecture’
  • Sennett, Richard; ‘The Craftsman’
  • Soetsu, Yanagi; ‘The Unknown Craftsman’
  • Various; ‘Landscape as Protagonist’
  • Zumthor, Peter; ‘Atmospheres’
  • Zumthor, Peter; ‘Thinking Architecture’

Schedule Tuesdays 13:00-16:00, 17:00-20:00

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