Interposition: transforming the Parramatta Ferry Wharf area
The sixth UNSW/SEU Joint Design Studio Interposition is being displayed in the Red Centre Gallery from the 4th to the 8th of April.
Interposition examines the physical, social and cultural qualities of the Parramatta Ferry Wharf area and explores its potentials for helping to invigorate the “second CBD of Sydney”. This urban site, historically charged and strategically positioned in Parramatta, presents itself as a meeting point between the city of regular grid and the suburbs of irregular layout, between the seawater and freshwater along the Parramatta River, between stable office/residential spaces and fluid transport lines, between business and leisure, between local inhabitation and latent tourism. It is an area of conspicuous tensions between elements of significant diversity in history, culture, use, scale, and character.
Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture students from the Southeast University and the University of New South Wales are positioned between different cultures, different institutes and different disciplines, working in teams of three to develop seven evocative propositions for the redevelopment of this richly charged site. Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary engagement is prominent and nurtured in the process of design; in such an educational setting students energetically pursue conceptual creativity and at the same time actively develop sensitivity and capability in exploring feasible design ideas and architectural resolutions.
The studio emphasizes thoroughness and consistency of architectural and landscape thinking and design, ranging from site planning down to architectural space organisation, from interior design to construction details, where students are encouraged not only to conceive the kinds of spatial quality they wish to create in visual, audio, tactile, and other experiential terms, but at the same time truly to understand how such qualities were to be achieved tectonically and technically. The outcome of the studio demonstrates a significant cooperative achievement in inter-institute design education between Australia and China.