Studioshared was a MArch Design Studio at MADA in 2016 exploring the spatial implications of the sharing economy.
Platforms like Airbnb, Uber, Splacer and Task Rabbit are facilitating commercial peer-to-peer sharing of everyday resources and skills. On an urban level, these platforms have enabled flexible, temporary access to privately-owned space, challenging the way we experience, organise, and occupy the city, and muddying traditional notions of public and private.
Studioshared speculated on the future utility, opportunities and challenges that the sharing economy will present for architecture and the city.
Living Spaces Prato
Living Spaces Prato is a collaboration between Architecture and Communication Design students, led by Jacqui Alexander and Dr Cameron Rose, with the help of Dr Samuele Grassi. The project was undertaken as part of the Study Abroad Program at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy in 2016.
Students were asked to create a 6-7 minute documentary that evokes a sense of place through architecture, space and its use by residents, workers and visitors.
Each video captures the lived experience of the built environment beyond the historical significance of the location and will become a useful research tool for all students when considering how designed space affects the inhabitants, and how video can be used as design and social research. The movies contribute to a series of place making projects undertaken by MADA at Monash Prato Centre, at a critical time when the city is undergoing significant change.
Gesamtkunstwerk was a studio with Master of Architecture Students at MADA, 2015.
A gesamtkunstwerk is a “total work of art”. The concept finds its origins in German composer, Richard Wagner’s 1849 vision for a grand opera, in which all artistic disciplines would unite to produce a totally-designed, theatrical masterpiece.
In architecture, the gesamtkunstwerk can be a comprehensive vision resulting from interdisciplinary collaborative effort, or the result of singular authorship, “where the influence of the architect [is] felt at every scale…”(Wigley).
This studio highlights the ultimate dilemma of the gesamtkunstwerk: the building as a total work of art is at odds with the plurality of everyday life. For a building to be a complete work, it must be preserved in its perfect state.
To this end, the studio investigates the paradox of modifying a complete work. The context is the Gesamtkunstwerk: students have interrogated the DNA of their selected masterpiece in order to inform dialogue between existing and proposed, and reveal a critical reading about the work.
Pictured is UCHRONIA, by Monash Architecture graduate Su-Yiin Lai