UNSW Built Environment Film Screening: Cinematic Space – An Exploration of Space, Place and Time

11 02 2011

This year’s UNSW BE Summer session included a  short course titled ‘Cinematic Space’. As part of the course students studied  the relationships of architecture and cinema and were asked to create a short film encompassing an architectural investigation around space, place and time – issues that are very much a part of architecture and film.

Screenings and exhibition of these works will be held next week, and are open to all who are interested in coming along.

Details of the screenings are:

Event Title: Cinematic Space – An Exploration of Space, Place and Time

When: Tuesday 15th February

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Gallery Space, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW

For more information on this event, please contact Dean Utian on d.utian@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Built Environment: Postgraduate Conference Day – Wenjie Cai

9 12 2010

On the 6th of December we had a UNSW BE Postgraduate Conference, it is the first one we ever had and when I was told that there would be such an event, I had no ideas on it—what would it be? About 2 months ago, Christine had a meeting with us to discuss our expectations on the conference; I suppose this is the unique aspect of this event—it aims at dealing with the problems we concerned with when doing research.

The conference began with seminars on generic skills (publication issues and ethics applications), followed by presentations by research cluster heads. It was surprising to hear that there are already three research clusters in the faculty (I only knew one) and research students can be a member of these clusters if they have interests. Sometimes I feel that there are disconnections between research students and researches undertaking within the faculty, obviously these research clusters can provide opportunities for us to be more involved in the faculty, and also facilitate the communications between research students.

But it was a bit disappointing when the poster presentations began, I originally thought that there would be supervisors and other researchers of the faculty but unfortunately I couldn’t find any. Obviously this session offered an opportunity for us to share our research experiences with each other, but it might be better if we can also get some feedbacks from other researchers in the faculty.

Students in paper presentation session

After a BBQ lunch, we had two concurrent writing workshops, thank Christine to invite teachers from the learning centre. I went to the one on dealing with data, I think the most important aspects of this workshop are that it pointed out the key issues in this aspect and we can then share our experiences. Lastly we had a recent BE graduate’s question and answer panel, but it is a pity that I didn’t attend it.

We finally reached our fun time—the Christmas party. There were two very excited lucky draw moments with very tempting prizes, but unfortunately I am not the lucky one. Actually I never win in such events and maybe we can have some small games in the party next year so that I don’t need to rely entirely on my luck (just joking)!!

Participants in BBQ lunch and Christmas party

The conference is very helpful indeed and a good practice for me as I gave a presentation, hopefully we can continue it next year.

Great thanks to the organizers (Christine, Suzie, Bronwen…), all the participants of the conference and party, and of course our associate dean of research Bill Randolph, who sponsored the event. Happy new year to everyone!

Written by Wenjie Cai

UNSW Built Environment: Planning Graduation Exhibition, Christina Livers

1 12 2010

Places and Spaces – 16 November, Red Centre Gallery

The culmination of 5 years of university study as well as experience from working in the planning industry was apparent at the exhibition of the planning theses by the fifth year Bachelor of Planning students.  It is clear that the way through which the planning degree is structured and taught allowed each student to find their niche in relation to the planning topics explored.  The array of topics researched by the 5th year students definitely demonstrates the plethora of issues planning is facing moving toward the future. The topics ranged from the implementation of 3D visualisation in planning, implementing sustainable development through utilising rating systems in planning practice and the role of the federal government in the planning and development of Australian cities to name but a few. The striking commonality amongst the planning issues explored was that of change, as planning is forever changing and the management of this is fundamental to reaching good planning outcomes for the community at large.

The launch of the exhibition commenced with speeches by Alec Tzannes, Peter Williams, Bob Zehner and John O’Callaghan. In attendance were academics, planning students and parents. The theses exhibits were displayed along the foyer and mezzanine of the Faculty of the Built Environment on posters, which incorporated an abstract from the thesis accompanied by an image. Succeeding the formalities of the event all in attendance were able to gain insight into the work that the students had produced over the year. The faculty was filled with a buzz of excitement, as the achievements of the students were celebrated at the culmination of their dedication and hard work over the past year. It was not just a celebration of what had been achieved by the students, it gave all of those in attendance a glimpse of the significant contribution that the BPlan students will make toward the Planning Profession in the future. The FBE wishes all of the 5th year planning students of 2010 all the best for their future endeavours.

Christina Livers

UNSW Built Environment: MArch Graduation Exhibition, Ricci Bloch

1 12 2010

The Built Environment’s annual Master of Architecture Graduation exhibition TEN IS MORE was held on Friday 19th November at Sun Studios, 42 Maddox Street, Alexandria from 6:00pm. (The exhibition was also open from 10am – 4pm Saturday 20th November.)

Over 600 industry professionals, academia and family and friends were welcomed by the Dean, Alec Tzannes who had come to view the University of New South Wales’ graduation projects and experience the high levels of performance on display.

“Less is more” Mies Van Der Rohe, mid 20th century

“More and More” Rem Koolhaas, 2001

“Yes is More” Bjarke Ingels, 2009 

TEN IS MORE displayed the UNSW student’s contribution to the architectural legacy, with ten groups exploring different aspects of architectural investigation.  TEN IS MORE demonstrated the wide range of talents and strengths of the 2010 cohort with new and innovative explorations within the field of architecture.

 The exhibition showcased the student’s graduation projects to the industry, demonstrating the fruits of their labour and diligence over the past 5 or 6 years through the expression of fine and well informed architectural responses through a variety of projects.

 For more information on the studios and student work, please go to www.tenismore.com

Ricci Bloch


UNSW Built Environment: Industrial Design Graduation Exhibition, Tom Baker

1 12 2010

Running from the 22-25th of November, the Industrial Design Graduand Exhibition is the highlight of the academic calendar and represents the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. Named ‘Preformed’, the exhibition showcased the skills and talents of 19 emerging industrial designers and our transition from ‘preformed’ student to ‘postformed’ industry professional. Beyond simply displaying our work, it was an amazing opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of the course with family and network with industry professionals.

 The exhibition encompassed a variety of product segments, from medical to urban, to kitchen, office and sporting goods. Each project involved a three-month research phase followed by four months of design and communication and will serve as the centrepiece in our graduate portfolio.

Tom Baker

UNSW Built Environment: Interior Architecture Graduation Exhibition, Samantha Ellinson

1 12 2010

Ornament – 16 November, 5-9 Roslyn St, Potts Point

Full Haus 

The ‘Ornament’ themed Interior Architects Graduate exhibition for 2010 certainly lived up to its name.  Held at what has come to be known as Potts Point’s award winning ‘Barcelona’ building designed by Durback Bloch at 5-9 Roslyn Street,  the exhibition claimed three levels of bar, restaurant and rooftop – leaving not an empty space in sight.  Each year the Interior Architect graduates celebrate the completion of their degree by showcasing their design project- a year long research based project, each with their own bespoke site, client and brief.

The Barcelona buildings’ distinct curved glazed facade gave an impressive vision to passers by, and allowed the excited atmosphere to appear to spill into the streets, quite literally by the end of the night.  Most importantly the work on show was an asset to the space.  The sophisticated and professional student projects drew a crowd to match; and the positive buzz from the design industry that gathered in numbers made the night a successful closing to a rigorous, industry leading degree. The student work proved they have the skills, the intent and the passion to take on the challenges of the industry.

And finally, a Burj Khalifa sized thank you to all the staff from the Faculty of the Built Environment Interior Architecture Program, for giving not only endless energy and encouragement- but most importantly access- to first class design skills.

Samantha Ellinson

UNSW Built Environment: 2010 Industrial Design Final Year Studio

17 11 2010

The 2010 Industrial Design final year studio will be open for public viewing between the 23rd and 25th of November. 

Come along and celebrate the achievements of 19 emerging industrial designers.


Family night – 22nd November 6-8.30pm

Industry night – 24th November 6-8.30pm

Public viewing – 23-25th November 9am – 5pm

Venue: The Bond Building, 30 Hickson Road, Millers Point, Sydney

Click here to see our BE events page.