Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program

Summerschool Workshop Field Trip Open Lecture


18 May 2015


Summerschool in collaboration with ALESSI and the RMIT Melbourne
Directed by Tom Kovac and Reiner Zettl
Project Review with Alberto Alessi
20 June to 25 July 2015

Taking place in Vienna with final presentations at the Alessi headquarters in Crusinallo, Italy.

ALESSI MUTANTS VI explores and reinvents the relationship between architecture and industrial object, focusing on a series of small-scale furniture-object studies. These serve as conceptual origin for the unfolding of shapes and surfaces creating a small environment that by hybridization is removed from any initial typology or utilitarian determination. Though these projects begin as architectural investigation of Alessi typology, they will be informed by the contemporary discourse on generative processes and manufacture. The projects will redefine the notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of the small objects until they arrive at and constitute new and unfamiliar interior landscapes. In one instance, a series of table objects are transformed into a life sized relief from which flows, as if in motion, an elegant desk.

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16 May 2015

Liam Young

Reimaging the Present:
Scenes from a film that doesn’t exist 
16 - 19 May 2015

Reimaging the Present: Scenes from a film that doesn't exist

Starting with an introductory discussion of iconic scenes of the history of sci-fi and ongoing studio work, the workshop will play on the classic science fiction world-building trope of 'just change one thing', to visualize imaginary worlds, exaggerated presents or strange and speculative futures that are both familiar but at the same time slightly askew.

Liam Young

Speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Trained as an architect in Australia, he has worked for a number of the world’s leading design practices. As technology increasingly became the fundamental driver of urban change Young became frustrated with the slow pace of traditional architecture and set up his own speculative futures think tank, Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a collaborative practice, working across science, technology and architecture.

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Field Trip

15 May 2015

Urban Strategies Studio
field trip to

22 - 26 May 2015

Beyond Building - Construmat Symposium
an exhibition in Beyond pavilion.
Project Reviews at IAAC
and inspirig city!

Open Lecture

7 May 2015

Peter Trummer

zero urbanism

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 5 pm
Urban Strategies Studio
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3

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