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Alter Atlas Architecture @alteratlas

To form, together, the world we need. A practice led by Burmese-Australian architect Steven Chu. @habitatfitzroynorth

https://www.alteratlas.com/

The prize-winning Parker Model: A Model for Optimal Park Yield & A Wishful Recommendation for Grossly Unethical Developers. (Apprehensive apologies to the few ethical developers already earnestly installing rooftop gardens, even if it's only for show.) The Parker Model is a proposition based on a feasibility study using existing (or non-existing?) Planning controls to develop the maximum area of parks and public amenity for the City of Melbourne.

By using the contentious plot-ratio-based development method, we sought to realise the undeveloped potential of the existing buildings in the City of Melbourne. This 'development potential' is then socialistically manifested and visualised as new public parkland, rising into the skies. Most importantly, based on recent precedent, we seek to justify an arbitrarily higher plot ratio of 38:1 because of the significant amount of public amenity introduced by our development (100%) and dare we say to the planning minister 'because of how great it will look'. New towers will be built every day, not for owner-occupiers or investors, but for the public, local and foreign. Redefining the now over-wrung idea of 'parks in the sky', we imagine a future where nature, climate change and public amenities are placed as top priority in our governmental budgets and on the forefront of our esteemed developers' minds.

The Parker Model achieves 38,959,641sqm (3895 Hectares) of new parkland in the Melbourne CBD without the need for any new technology, while improving air quality, maintaining urban density, significantly reducing, if not eliminating, the urban heat island effect and providing scope to scale with all future developments within or outside the City of Melbourne.

It is an ambitious model, intended to immediately reassure through rhythm and repetition. It is, for us, a feasible model. It presents us with deep questions about consumption and necessity. It is 3895 hectares of new parks, above and beyond most of us, for the fastest growing city in the fastest growing state in Australia.

#parkermodel #parks #landscapearchitecture #architecture #alteratlas
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The prize-winning Parker Model: A Model for Optimal Park Yield & A Wishful Recommendation for Grossly Unethical Developers. (Apprehensive apologies to the few ethical developers already earnestly installing rooftop gardens, even if it's only for show.) The Parker Model is a proposition based on a feasibility study using existing (or non-existing?) Planning controls to develop the maximum area of parks and public amenity for the City of Melbourne. By using the contentious plot-ratio-based development method, we sought to realise the undeveloped potential of the existing buildings in the City of Melbourne. This 'development potential' is then socialistically manifested and visualised as new public parkland, rising into the skies. Most importantly, based on recent precedent, we seek to justify an arbitrarily higher plot ratio of 38:1 because of the significant amount of public amenity introduced by our development (100%) and dare we say to the planning minister 'because of how great it

Delighted to share more of Parker Model, a proposition for a way to create 3895 hectares of new parkland within the CBD alone, which took out the 2nd Prize in the Future Park International Design Competition.

We submitted two propositions, Parks and Restitution, and Parker Model. Both were shortlisted, top 30 out of over 120 worldwide entries. With the 2nd Prize awarded to Parker Model, we were the only architecture practice to win an award in the Landscape Architecture competition. Pretty cool to have two shortlisted propositions in one competition and a wonderful honour to be recognised in this manner by the Landscape Architecture profession.

Jury's Remarks on Parker Model:
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Delighted to share more of Parker Model, a proposition for a way to create 3895 hectares of new parkland within the CBD alone, which took out the 2nd Prize in the Future Park International Design Competition. We submitted two propositions, Parks and Restitution, and Parker Model. Both were shortlisted, top 30 out of over 120 worldwide entries. With the 2nd Prize awarded to Parker Model, we were the only architecture practice to win an award in the Landscape Architecture competition. Pretty cool to have two shortlisted propositions in one competition and a wonderful honour to be recognised in this manner by the Landscape Architecture profession. Jury's Remarks on Parker Model: "Excellent demonstration on the power of planning rules to create opportunities for open space in the city. The intriguing graphics are engaging and provocative, and point to some very real possibilities for change" Thank you to the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, @rmituniversity @msdsocial

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries.
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We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost. Across the bridge over the water, The Lost Garden reappears.
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#melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries. . We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost. Across the bridge over the water, The Lost Garden reappears. . #melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries.
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#melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries. . #melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries.
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#melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries. . #melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries.
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#melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. Top 5 out of 100 National entries. . #melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist.
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We envision the inevitable event of a temporary architectural intervention’s de-installation as an integral part of this verdant allegory.
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We propose to celebrate the temporal nature of this architectural intervention by concluding it in an atemporal manner. By donating all the plants to civic and public institutions all across Victoria, we hope to extend the intervention’s life cycle indefinitely, at the same time increasing the appeal and reach of The National Gallery of Victoria.
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As we witness The Lost Garden’s vanishing at the end, the garden truly becomes lost, presenting the possibility that we might now choose a path where gardens will never ever be lost. A poignant and thought-provoking epilogue: Of remnants and traces. Of triumph. Of loss. Of waste and growth. We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost.
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#melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist #melbourne #australianarchitecture #ngv #nationalgallery #victoria #melbournearchitect #alteratlas #allegory #lostgarden #ngvarchitecturecommission #2019ngvarchitecturecommission #climatechange #plato #republic #melbournearchitecture #nationalgalleryofvictoria #ngv #alteratlasarchitecture
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. . We envision the inevitable event of a temporary architectural intervention’s de-installation as an integral part of this verdant allegory. . We propose to celebrate the temporal nature of this architectural intervention by concluding it in an atemporal manner. By donating all the plants to civic and public institutions all across Victoria, we hope to extend the intervention’s life cycle indefinitely, at the same time increasing the appeal and reach of The National Gallery of Victoria. . As we witness The Lost Garden’s vanishing at the end, the garden truly becomes lost, presenting the possibility that we might now choose a path where gardens will never ever be lost. A poignant and thought-provoking epilogue: Of remnants and traces. Of triumph. Of loss. Of waste and growth. We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost. . #melbournedesignweek #architecture #commission #finalist

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist.
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Referencing the spatial planning logic of art galleries, the paths compress and release. The ‘new’ around the existing sculptures are gently skewed, celebrating both the old and the new. Perspectives shift. Familiar paths re-emerge from our consciousness. Leading. Meandering. Healing. Creating a meditative, immersive and sensory spatial encounter to remember the outdoor garden.
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Instead of an object in the landscape, this architectural intervention is intended as a spatial anchor. The Lost Garden is to become the centre that the Grollo Equiset Garden has always yearned for, orienting visitors while promoting engagement with the surrounding spaces.
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Across the bridge over the water, The Lost Garden reappears.
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@ngvmelbourne
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Part 3 of 8
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. . Referencing the spatial planning logic of art galleries, the paths compress and release. The ‘new’ around the existing sculptures are gently skewed, celebrating both the old and the new. Perspectives shift. Familiar paths re-emerge from our consciousness. Leading. Meandering. Healing. Creating a meditative, immersive and sensory spatial encounter to remember the outdoor garden. . Instead of an object in the landscape, this architectural intervention is intended as a spatial anchor. The Lost Garden is to become the centre that the Grollo Equiset Garden has always yearned for, orienting visitors while promoting engagement with the surrounding spaces. . Across the bridge over the water, The Lost Garden reappears. . @ngvmelbourne ... Part 3 of 8

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist.
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We imagine every square metre ‘lost’ from past interference offset and repaired with an equal area of ‘garden’ reinstated. We consider the possibility of a new spatial experience formed by components that can be entirely recycled, reused, or biodegraded.
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We imagine what the term ‘lost’ means in our contemporary political, social and cultural context. How can we, as a society, address the meanings of this politically charged word in a non-violent and respectful way that might lead somewhere better for all of us?
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The Lost Garden contains three key moments: First, Rodin’s Monument to Balzac, a male French novelist, the literary and literal linking us to our past. Second, an observational space encouraging visitors to observe and be mindful of what is present, with the exisiting bluestone seating utilised as a communal bench and with the proposal’s descriptive plaque positioned in the circle’s centre. Third and only accessible when one travels away from the present, a dead end designed to deliver a sense of finality, leading visitors to Henry Moore’s Draped Seated (anonymous) Woman, symbolising, hopefully, a female future. A melding of past, present and future. As we rest on the bluestone seat, we face toward the future with the past behind us.
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Part 2 of 8
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. . We imagine every square metre ‘lost’ from past interference offset and repaired with an equal area of ‘garden’ reinstated. We consider the possibility of a new spatial experience formed by components that can be entirely recycled, reused, or biodegraded. . We imagine what the term ‘lost’ means in our contemporary political, social and cultural context. How can we, as a society, address the meanings of this politically charged word in a non-violent and respectful way that might lead somewhere better for all of us? . The Lost Garden contains three key moments: First, Rodin’s Monument to Balzac, a male French novelist, the literary and literal linking us to our past. Second, an observational space encouraging visitors to observe and be mindful of what is present, with the exisiting bluestone seating utilised as a communal bench and with the proposal’s descriptive plaque positioned

The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist.
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We began this project with the notion that if we continue in our current industrial trajectory, we will one day no longer have gardens to build architectural interventions in.
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The Lost Garden is intended as an allegorical proposition that is one and the same in many places at once yet continuous with itself. It is a new spatial topography that engages strong environmental, social and cultural agendas. We question and challenge the nature of architecture pavilions and temporary interventions. We aim to raise awareness of the looming environmental crises by encouraging a mindset of restoration, working together to emphasise the beauty of what's left.
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The temporary architectural installation is exposed to conflicting demands: impermanence and visibility, movement and stillness, focus and peripheral. The garden is exposed to conflicting demands: growth and control, use and conservation, containment and openness. We conceive The Lost Garden as a sequence of three imaginations that aim to reflect and reconcile these contradictions, all at once.
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We imagine that the possibility of an environmental future without gardens appears imminent given our current economic and industrial trajectory. We consider the possibility of a future with more gardens. More trees. More engaged and cohesive communities.
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Greeting the gallery with a reverent nod, the missing piece of Sir Roy Grounds' strong platonic language is reunited: a circle. Akin to holding the future in our open palms, a new ground rises up, creating a soothing open space of inclusiveness. A space for relaxing, for performing, for thinking. Compared to the elegant stoicism of the adjacent structures, this pavilion seems exaggerated in its lightness: its impermanence invisible, its stillness allowing movement, its focus becomes the periphery. Growth is controlled. Its use is to conserve.
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Part 1 of 8
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The Lost Garden by Alter Atlas Architecture. 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Finalist. . We began this project with the notion that if we continue in our current industrial trajectory, we will one day no longer have gardens to build architectural interventions in. . The Lost Garden is intended as an allegorical proposition that is one and the same in many places at once yet continuous with itself. It is a new spatial topography that engages strong environmental, social and cultural agendas. We question and challenge the nature of architecture pavilions and temporary interventions. We aim to raise awareness of the looming environmental crises by encouraging a mindset of restoration, working together to emphasise the beauty of what's left. . The temporary architectural installation is exposed to conflicting demands: impermanence and visibility, movement and stillness, focus and peripheral. The garden is exposed to conflicting demands: growth and control, use and conservation,

What a genuine privilege to have been a 2019 National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission Finalist and Melbourne Design Week VIP @ngvmelbourne 
We extend our congratulations warmly to our friend @kimbridgland @editionoffice and @yhonniescarce for winning the coveted commission with a sublime scheme and to the other shortlisted teams. We're now delighted to share with you 'The Lost Garden', an allegorical proposition we're immensely proud of after pouring our hearts into it and developing it together in the practice over the last few months. Heartfelt thanks to our student @nsiokr for your work ethic and commitment to architecture, and to everyone who came to our presentation last week at @rmitarchitecture @rmitdesignhub 
We began this project with the notion that if we continue in our current industrial trajectory, we will one day no longer have gardens to build architectural interventions in. 
We look forward to sharing, in time, even more of our allegory of The Lost Garden: 
Remnants and Traces. Of triumph. Of loss. Of waste and growth. A melding of past, present and future. A lush respite. A lightness that permeates. An optimism that rejuvenates. A communal future. A refuge rises. Aspatial and atemporal. There is no beginning and no end. An ephemeral vision. Destruction is healed. The healing destroys. Everything changes. But nothing moves.

We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost.

To be communal is to be human. A new ground includes all. Welcomes all. The absolute one becomes many. The absolute many become one. Let us reflect and engage. With the birds and the trees. With nature once more.

What kind of future do we want? To be ourselves, by ourselves, with ourselves?

We are too few to be divided. We are too many to be lost.
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What a genuine privilege to have been a 2019 National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission Finalist and Melbourne Design Week VIP @ngvmelbourne We extend our congratulations warmly to our friend @kimbridgland @editionoffice and @yhonniescarce for winning the coveted commission with a sublime scheme and to the other shortlisted teams. We're now delighted to share with you 'The Lost Garden', an allegorical proposition we're immensely proud of after pouring our hearts into it and developing it together in the practice over the last few months. Heartfelt thanks to our student @nsiokr for your work ethic and commitment to architecture, and to everyone who came to our presentation last week at @rmitarchitecture @rmitdesignhub We began this project with the notion that if we continue in our current industrial trajectory, we will one day no longer have gardens to build architectural interventions in. We look forward to sharing, in time, even more of our allegory of The Lost Garden:

Alter Atlas Architecture, one of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by The National Gallery of Victoria to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!
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Alter Atlas Architecture, one of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by The National Gallery of Victoria to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!

Alter Atlas Architecture, one of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by The National Gallery of Victoria to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!
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Alter Atlas Architecture, one of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by The National Gallery of Victoria to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!

Alter Atlas Architecture, one out of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by @ngvmelbourne to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!
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Alter Atlas Architecture, one out of five shortlisted teams to advance to Stage Two, out of 100 entries across Australia for the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission: a wonderful effort by @ngvmelbourne to promote Australian Architecture. We will be presenting our proposal on 21 March 2019 at @rmitdesignhub as part of Melbourne Design Week. All welcome. See you there!

This semester, in 2018, we questioned whether we need yet another contemporary or modern art museum. In light of architecture increasingly becoming a global proposition, we maintained our position that architecture is and needs to be a time, place and culture proposition. We investigated how we identify our place in this world and in turn how we might communicate that identity through architecture through narrative driven design strategies and form. Some fascinating and wonderful @rmitarchitecture  student proposals include a Museum of Conversation and Debate, a Museum of Integration, a Museum of Reconciliation, a Museum of Activism, an Auditory Museum of Aboriginal Stories and many more. Find out more tomorrow night at the end of semester exhibition opening @rmitdesignhub at 6 PM. All are welcome!
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This semester, in 2018, we questioned whether we need yet another contemporary or modern art museum. In light of architecture increasingly becoming a global proposition, we maintained our position that architecture is and needs to be a time, place and culture proposition. We investigated how we identify our place in this world and in turn how we might communicate that identity through architecture through narrative driven design strategies and form. Some fascinating and wonderful @rmitarchitecture student proposals include a Museum of Conversation and Debate, a Museum of Integration, a Museum of Reconciliation, a Museum of Activism, an Auditory Museum of Aboriginal Stories and many more. Find out more tomorrow night at the end of semester exhibition opening @rmitdesignhub at 6 PM. All are welcome!

That's a wrap. A riveting semester teaching the Museum of Time, Place and Culture studio collaborating with @atlas_architects at @rmitdesignhub Well done @rmitarchitecture students. Thank you for your generous time and insightful critiques @superscale @martires_doyle @lauramartires @urban.com.au_news
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That's a wrap. A riveting semester teaching the Museum of Time, Place and Culture studio collaborating with @atlas architects at @rmitdesignhub Well done @rmitarchitecture students. Thank you for your generous time and insightful critiques @superscale @martires doyle @lauramartires @urban.com.au news

About last Thursday. Heartened to see great progress in @rmitarchitecture students' mid-semester proposals for a Museum that responds to local, regional, and global issues. Thinking critically and addressing the questions of what a museum needs to do, what kind of museums should we be proposing, what should we be exhibiting, in light of the evolving crises of our time? What a privilege to teach this studio. Well done students, you've come a long way!
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About last Thursday. Heartened to see great progress in @rmitarchitecture students' mid-semester proposals for a Museum that responds to local, regional, and global issues. Thinking critically and addressing the questions of what a museum needs to do, what kind of museums should we be proposing, what should we be exhibiting, in light of the evolving crises of our time? What a privilege to teach this studio. Well done students, you've come a long way!

Moments before the legendary Colin Friels took the stage tonight in the one-man play Scaramousche Jones, as he takes on an extraordinary role first performed by the late Pete Postlethwaite in 2001. Impeccable writing and delivery. We enjoyed every second of it. Thank you @artscentremelbourne
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Moments before the legendary Colin Friels took the stage tonight in the one-man play Scaramousche Jones, as he takes on an extraordinary role first performed by the late Pete Postlethwaite in 2001. Impeccable writing and delivery. We enjoyed every second of it. Thank you @artscentremelbourne

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