DEVOTION

RMIT  Architecture & Urban Design

Bachelor of Architectural Design

Design Studio Semester 1, 2017

Supervisor: Dr Michael Spooner

Students: Ekaterina Fatekhova, Lia Grimmer Perez, Alessandro Castiglioni, Yichen Wang, Xinyue Ge, Huayu Guo, Jeffrey Xi, Michelle Gan, Weston Howell, Stella Skoumbridis, Toby Richardson

DEVOTION continues a lineage of studios (Viv, Viv, Vivian!, NoHomo!, Dick Black, SCUM & Fucking Dainty) that are framed by methods and approaches that emancipate and sustain a queer life. In doing so these studios have suggested how the problematizing of the threshold between an abject and a normative condition contributes new insights into the production of space (and inherently form) and hence the implications this problematizing has for new architectures. The studio confronts how the practice of improvisation and its associated instruments of production could be tasked with elucidating the diffi cult plurality of concerns that tentatively outline this space whilst countering homogeneity. This studio continues the assault on Jack’s Magazine, a colonial gunpowder storage facility along the Maribyrnong River. The 3m high bluestone walls and 10m high earth blast wall are as alarming as anything by Lequeu, Ledoux and Boullee.

A studio program, as such, is described as a Funeral Palace. It is an attempt to take into account the medieval. In part this has been prompted by the fictocritical framing of previous studios, the want to continue investigating
exhaustive methods in architecture, and the desire to emerge regaling against the backdrop of extraordinary loss. The existence of Carlo Mollino will not be entirely ignored. The studio has a clear approach that will be put to work.

1. the explicit aleatory alignment of things

2. the negotiation of scales that approximate the molecular, the mesopotanic and the muscular

3. iterative enquiry through an extended negotiation of the archaeological

4. the appropriation of any and every thing that can account for our gluttonous joy and unimaginable hope

This studio asks: How devoted are you to your Mother?

FUNERAL FOR MOTHER
Students were encouraged to construct an event for the site visit to Jack’s Magazine. I was subsequently ‘killed off’…. gorgeous photo by Jeffrey Xu

DETRITUS
Fragments of production from the initial weeks…

ALESSANDRO CASTIGLIONI
Bottom Security Maribyrnong Mansion

MICHELLE GAN
A Villa for a Pink Narcissist and Perpetration of Her Youth

STELLA SKOUMBRIDIS
A Manor For-Ever-Age

TOBY RICHARDSON
A villa for the Washed-up Silver Screen Queen

WESTON HOWELL
Westy’s Woomb Where Wayward Womyn Wait

YICHEN WANG
House of Mother’s Lovelorn