ODASA Pavilion is the embodiment of applying Agile methodologies into digital design and fabrication. It uses a nonstandard design process that focuses on first developing and refining an immaterial system prior to applying the system to a design brief. The process seeks to delay materialisation to create an adaptable system. The benefits of the nonstandard design process is to enable designers with a flexible system that caters to contextual, material and environmental conditions of the project during the design process.
The process was tested in a series of three workshops to design and fabricate a pavilion for the Office of Design and Architecture South Australia (ODASA) in Adelaide to coincide with the Australian Institute of Architecture’s National Conference.
In this third workshop the AGILE X3, ODASA Pavilion was fabricated in an easily demountable structure with intermittent flyscreen panels. The workshop was led by Dr Tim McGinley and consisted of architecture and engineering students from University of South Australia.
The pavilion weighed approximately 140kgs and the arch spans a distance of approximately 4.5 metres. It was semi-constructed as 8 manageable sections, transported to the site and assembled in a day.
|Team||Tim McGinley, Agile X Research Group, AX3 Participants|
|Client||The Office for Design and Architecture SA|
|Location||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Awards||2017 South Australian Architecture Awards, Small Project Architecture Commendation|
World Economic Forum
As Hong Yi says, “Perhaps more important than the drink itself is the underlying culture. Locals gather in kopitiams and mamaks, and here they talk about where to buy the best durians, the traffic, politics, weather, soccer… It is a drink that brings people together.”
To realise her artistic vision, I worked with One Design Office to plan the construction and assembly of the installation. Photographs of the ‘Tarik Man’ were taken, pixelated and mapped onto a grid to build the installation in segments.
The photograph was manipulated to determine the quantity of each dyed tea bag and instructions on how the tea bags were arranged and assembled were created.
The design took 10 days and the fabrication and assembly process took over two months. The artwork weighed over 200kg with a size of 3.2 x 2.2 metres.
|Team||One Design Office|
The NExT Lab is an exciting dynamic environment for engaging with and learning about cutting-edge technology, allowing users to experience revolutionary ways to explore their ideas and translate them into reality.
It houses a cluster of 32 3D printers and offers 3d printing service to the University of Melbourne. Users submit jobs remotely to a centrally managed 3D printing cluster that is open and visible to the public.
The lab acts as a participatory “gallery” for experiencing new technology, provoking larger conversations about the future and technologies part in it. Throughout the day passers-by will be able to observe the highly visible bank of 3D printers producing models, along with dynamic and advanced digital imagery projected on the wall providing constant visual excitement and attraction.
The NExT Lab is also easily reconfigured to host small events, educational sessions and demonstrations. These events are facilitated by a Video Wall for presenting digital content.
|Team||MSD Fabrication Workshop|
|Client||Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
Tower of Knowledge
The Tower of Knowledge celebrates human ingenuity in manipulating materials and structures to progress occupation of the Australian landscape over time. The curated program builds upon familiar processes and events that shape the Canberra landscape. These qualities are potently present in the TCL curated landscapes of the Canberra Arboretum, and our proposal seeks to continue this trajectory to provoke new and future performances for the community, played out in this iconic site. The form of the cast tower is strangely familiar – appearing as it does in homage to the compelling fire towers that look out across the landscapes of Australia to warn of impending trouble on the horizon.
The tower is clearly monumental; in one guise representing the memory of the last 100 years of engineering innovation stored inside the walls of the lofty tower. Then, in its re-de-constructed form it becomes an embedded history lain across and growing up from the earth from which the Pin Oak Forest and its clearings convey the presence and care of the profession of Engineers.
|Team||Prof Alan Pert, Prof Gini Lee, Caroline Chong, Dhanika Kumaheri, Louise Turner|
|Location||National Arboretum Canberra, Australia|
||Engineers Australia Convention 2014
Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra
Etched in Memory
Beyond the water lies a forest of 185, blackened trees, which support the gathering space above. These trees represent 185 people who lost their lives but they are not static memorial objects, instead they are active performative pieces supporting the structure and the people above. These trees are carved with messages, motifs and names acting as records of a previous life and telling the story of an individual’s life. Just as traditional Maori Carving was used to record the ancestors, this forest of carved trees reflects a specific history and culture unique to New Zealand. The black ‘forest’ also provides private space within the site. Just like wondering into the quiet of a dense forest this space is peaceful, private and more suited to individual contemplation and quiet reflection
|Team||Prof Alan Pert, James Selleck, Caroline Chong|
|Location||Christchurch, New Zealand|