CDE Studio 03
All Work No Play

Studio leaders:
Peter Stasios, Raymond Mah, Jesse Linardi and Koos de Keijzer


In 1930 John Maynard Keyes predicted that by the centuries end most developed Western countries would have achieved a 15-hour work week. However, in reality, come Thursday, 40 hours into our work week in a 22 ° climate-controlled room, the worst, most unbearable version of ourselves has appeared.

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We are not working less; in fact, we are working longer and harder than ever, in spaces that have left us feeling broken. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. All work, no play is keen to speculate on alternatives.

All work, no play orientates itself around the topic of work and its role in the city. With a calculated indifference to current forms of work and city making we will be investigating both through a critical lens in hope of dismantling the status quo. Defined by a number of refusals and denials, students will be tasked with defining a new version of the workplace and proposing a new architecture that will restore the city as a creative engine.

Using the Palace Theatre on Bourke St as our site, the studio will pairs the above provocation with distinctly architectural problems of scale, preservation, program and monumentality. Prioritizing theoretical speculation and architectural imagination students develop a conceptual position on work and spend the semester trying to find the appropriate architecture.

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