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Urbanheart surgery - a logic of design alternatives

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Alexander RolloAlexander Rollo, Yolanda EstebanYolanda Esteban, Desmond Smith
In 1972 Sir Leslie Martin in his essay “The Grid as Generator”, advocated “a strong theoretical basis for [planning and] urban design” (Carolin P, 2000, p4) by methodically shifting design parameters regarding the way “in which buildings [could be] placed on the land” Martin was able to demonstrate how the generation of alternatives could “allow wider scope for decisions and objectives” to be considered and discussed (Carmona M, & Tiesdell S 2007, p81). Operating within a conventional design studio yet drawing of Sir Leslie Martin’s logic, ie developing an informed understanding of a problem by identifying a finite world of design ‘alternatives’, the following paper outlines a studio based program at the School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, referred to as the ‘UrbanHeart Surgery’. While most atelier-based courses operate largely on an ad-hoc basis where students often work within self imposed competitive isolation, Urbanheart adopts a more open yet structured approach where students work in design collaboratives to generate a matrix of alternative design scenarios. The program actively integrates postgraduate students from Architecture, Urban Design and Planning into a design research culture and allows them to engage in critical discourse by working on strategic design projects in three areas significant to the future development of the state of Victoria: Metropolitan Urbanism, Urbanism on the Periphery and Regional Urbanism.



International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (19th : 2011 : Perth, W. A.)


3233 - 3239


Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand


Perth, W.A.

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Perth W.A.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2011, The Authors


F Chan, D Marinova, R Anderssen

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MODSIM 2011 : 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation