Studio 44

Art, Life and Other Things

Samuel Hunter and Danielle Peck

Studio Description

Life, Art and Other Things is a studio that will explore spaces for creative industry in Melbourne’s inner city. The studio acknowledges the dual and oppositional sides at play within the arts sector; one materialising from the unbridled expression of the artist, and the other a commercial market that can seem at odds with community values and creative process. Both intrinsically value the other. This has led to a cyclical development in cities and a lasting impact on our neighbourhoods, that goes something like this…city prospers, city falls, artist moves in, city gentrifies, artist moves out…and so on.

Studio 44 is interested to look at a more sustainable integration of the arts in all markets. We are interested in a self-sustaining ‘Arts Forum’ where multiple arts-related activities support and feed into a repeatable system- without binding or restricting art practice.

The studio’s project will be situated at the former cable tram engine house on the corners of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets Fitzroy. Through a rigorous examination of the existing building’s late 19th century fabric, a significant renovation will be posed to house the new ‘Arts Forum’.

Studio Outcomes

Students will develop skills in research, critical positioning and return brief execution. Design is considered a method for developing these skills and short design esquisses will be used as a mode for research and discovery. Students can expect to be challenged with a complex array of both urban and socio-political contextual analysis, city-scale thinking and in juxtaposition, will learn how to scale these ideas into working architectural drawings.

Working in groups will be a component of the semester, demanding dialogue, understanding and negotiating different points of view to ultimately present a project that enables pluralism. Our studio seeks ideas that are speculative; we will help students develop a level of realism to produce final projects that sit somewhere between the real and imagined terrain.

Presentations and workshops with outside guests will compliment your regular design studio reviews. As per previous studio 44 classes, we take a special interest in critical representation, and post-digital drawing technique. There will be an extended drawing workshop that all students will attend to hone these skills.

Studio Leaders

Samuel Hunter

Sam has recently been made director at Architecture Associates, a design studio practice based in Melbourne. Prior to this, he was a principal at Lyons, a large architecture office that practices nationally across Australia. Sam has undertaken design leadership roles across a wide range of university and community projects. Most recently he has led the Lyons’ design team for Melbourne University's New Student Precinct, and City of Greater Dandenong’s new Springvale Community Centre and Library. Sam has previously led masters design studios at RMIT University, and for the past two years has led Studio 44 along-side Danielle at The University of Melbourne.

Danielle Peck

Danielle is founding director of Architecture Associates. Her experience includes a diverse range of project types including educational, cultural and residential work. She enjoys working across all scales and combines her passion for urban design with research projects in her current practice. Over the past 10 years, Danielle has led masters of architecture design studio's, taught Australian architectural history and Professional Practice at both RMIT University and The University of Melbourne.

Schedule Tuesdays 12:00-15:00 and Fridays 15:15-18:15

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