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This unit provides a grounding in the primary treatises on architecture and a familiarity with a number of significant buildings which emanate from those polemics. It focuses intently on, and investigates in depth, the treatises and buildings being studied. The principals of this study include Vitruvius, Alberti, Laugier, Le Corbusier, Loos and Venturi. The unit also visualises through physical model making the unbuilt works of architectural history. Virtual modelling, rendering and animation are also art of the methods of representation used to visualise these works.

Students are able to (1) gain a thorough appreciation of the six principal treatises on architecture; (2) acquire advanced model-making skills and skills in virtual modelling, rendering and animation; (3) subject a building to sustained critical analysis; and (4) acquire the necessary skills for the development of an individual critical base for contemporary architecture.

Rather than a movement, period, or polemic this edition of the Key Texts unit has chosen to focus on a specific individual; Italian architect, painter, and designer Massimo Scolari (b. 1943). Largely through the medium of painting Scolari has radically questioned some of architecture’s most deeply rooted assumptions, including those that link the representation of architecture to the physicality of its construction.

The challenge in understanding the surreal, visceral, yet inherently tectonic work of Scolari and manifesting it in three dimensional forms that embody these qualities cannot be understated. The resulting projects are a testament to the student’s commitment to rigourous investigation and critical analysis. This inquiry has culminated in the production of an exceptionally refined final model that has undergone a semester’s worth of material exploration and model-making development.

Unit Coordinator – Craig McCormack

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Elliot Beaver

 

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Kristen Di Gregorio

 

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Marian Mahendra

 

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Ivan Tan

 

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Ivan Hage

 

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Jota Allison

 

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Melissa Cox

 

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Tshun Hong

 

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Christopher Holmes

 

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Aine Dowling

 

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Isabel Griffiths

 

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Kylie Maxfield

 

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Ivan Hage

 

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Wesley Pendlebury

 

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Lisa Azhar

 

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Catherine Sunde

 

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Tanya Kamonphuangphan

 

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Stephanie Banaszak

 

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Melissa Cox

 

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Jaclyn Sharples

 

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Andjela Stamenkovic

 

 

 January 29, 2016

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