Studio 45


Sofia Colabella and Michael Mack

This studio is co-taught with CVEN90073 Integrated Design Studio and is taught in collaboration with ABPL90072 Landscape Studio 5.

Studio Description

Studio 45 (Revolutions Per Minute) attempts to clamp down on "designing for the deaf" (as Murray Schafer defiantly attributes to the modern architect) while investigating David Byrne's question about the interrelation between architecture and musical innovation. It offers a cross-disciplinary approach to Performance-Based Design on acoustics and social and environmental sustainability of a coastal foreshore site in Apollo Bay.

Students are asked to develop a program that balances various (and often) conflicting development options while responding to the bay environmental, social, and economic conditions in a sustainable manner . Projects will be informed by sound propagation and lighting design, alongside the idea of silence and noise, as strategies to generate different spatial experiences.

Studio Outcomes

Students will explore the coastal foreshore site site in Apollo Bay and prepare a master plan suggesting ways to redevelop the area to support eco-tourism-related activities and integrate with the local community and environment. With the second exercise, Amplify Your Smartphone, students will familiarise themselves with the geometric relationship between architectural forms and acoustic performance. Physical models will be tested through listening experience and acoustic simulations to visualise sound propagation and critically listen of designed spaces. This recursive process will highlight the geometrical relationship between form and sound propagation. The outcomes of this exploration will integrate the masterplan, to be submitted for the mid-semester.

Acoustic optimisations via Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm, structural typology, material systems, and details will be developed during the last weeks before the final submission.

ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITES: Foundations of analytical thinking. Competency in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.

Studio Leaders

Dr Sofia Colabella

Dr Sofia Colabella is an architect and Lecturer in Construction Technology in Architecture at ABP (the University of Melbourne). She is the co-founder of '', a company specialised in the design and construction of large span and special timber structures. In 2016-2017, as visiting Scientific Partner employed at the EPFL, developed a novel approach to reusing discarded high-tech sports equipment for architecture. In 2019, she got the bronze medal at the Tongji Construction Festival.

Michael Mack

Michael Mack teaches across a wide range of subjects in the Bachelor of Design and Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. These range between Design Visualisation and Rendering, Digital Design and Fabrication, and Urban Data Analysis. He is also a co-founder of Tinytecture, a set design and model making company combining architecture with a love of craft and fabrication. In 2017, Michael exhibited in the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) with a project investigating and speculating on shared economies and ownership of space.

Readings & References

  • Allen & Zalewski, Form and Forces: Designing Efficient, Expressive Structures.
  • Arts Victoria, Oh You Beautiful Stage 2012, 2012.
  • Barron M., Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design. Independence: Routledge; 2009.
  • Beranek L., Concert Halls and Opera Houses, Second edition, Springer, 2003.
  • Boning W., Bassuet A., A room without walls: optimising an outdoor music shell to maintain views and maximise reflections. Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, Vol.37.
  • David Byrne:
  • Cox J T., Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound, Penguin Book, 2014.
  • Engel H., Structure Systems, 3rd edition, 2007 (1967).
  • Fowler M., Architectures of Sound: Acoustic Concepts and Parameters for Architectural Design, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2017.
  • Holding E., Staged Architecture: The Work of Mark Fisher, Wiley, 2000.
  • Nerdinger W., Frei Otto. Complete Works: Lightweight Construction - Natural Design, 2005.
  • Long M., Architectural Acoustics. Burlington, Elsevier Science & Technology; 2006.
  • Schafer M., Soundscape, Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Inner Tradition, 1993.
  • Mirra et al, An automated design methodology for acoustic shells in outdoor concerts, 2018.
  • Pugnale A., Integrating Form, Structure and Acoustics, IJASS, 2018.

Further references will be provided during the semester.

Schedule Mondays 15:15-18:15 and Thursdays 18:15-21:15

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