The Ephemeral Laboratory | RMIT Master of Architecture | Melbourne | 2009
The ‘Ephemeral Laboratory’ seeks to create a methodology for myself and other practitioners working within the field of ephemeral architecture.
It tests the proposition that a robust armature can be developed to act as a common methodological device in the design, curation and orchestration of a diverse range of temporal engagements with participants and other practitioners within a variety of public realms.
It explores how this framework might redefine the notion of authorship by exploring different models for creative collaboration within a range of contexts – with particular focus on establishing conditions that can encourage outcomes that are unexpected – often going beyond an author’s expectations.
This enquiry draws on my personal practice – a body of work which has departed from the conventional notion of architectural practice over the past ten years to include projects that cut across a range of scales: urban curation; education; design management; installation and social intervention.
Four key and distinct project areas and scales of operation have been identified and critically examined:
- Urban (City)
- Campus (Institution | Corporation)
- Room (Black Box | Gallery)