UNSW Built Environment Interior Architecture: Jeffry Tsang

12 08 2009

One week down, and things are already starting to get pretty hectic for Semester 2.

This semester, I’m only taking one online based elective in addition to my core Graduation project subject, which means less contact hours. However, it also means that I have to organise my outside of uni hours better, to ensure that I don’t leave things until the last minute (which seems to be a habit of mine!). The online course is run by COFA, and looks at the history and study of Art curation in galleries and museums. So far, so good.

The graduation project consists of designing an interior, based on the research that was performed in Project Research, and also supported by the information gathered in the Dissertation subject, both of which was completed in the previous session. My interior is located within a train – the Indian Pacific that runs between Sydney and Perth over 4 days – and will, hopefully, result in a design language that runs through all the carriages, from the contents of each suite to the design of dinner menus. This should be an interesting task to tackle, as I have counted 12 separate carriages that needs to be designed in total.

On top of the study, I am also a part of the Graduation exhibition committee for the Interior Architecture program, which basically means that I am a part of a group of students in the final year of study for BIA, that has to raise the funds, secure a location, design the fit out and deliver an opening night for the exhibition of works of all the graduation projects for each student this year. Things are going well to date, with each of the teams involved in the committee working well and hopefully it will be an exciting event!

It’s going to be a very busy last session of uni for me, but I’ll definitely try to keep you all posted!

UNSW Built Environment: Project X3 – Real design, real contruction, real clients

27 05 2009

Project X3 is currently underway in the Tramsheds at the UNSW Randwick campus.  Enthusiastic design students from COFA, Built Environment and Engineering are in the process of constructing the Artist’s Studio.

Design for construction is intensely multi-disciplinary.  Project X3 provides students from the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Arts (better known as COFA), Engineering and Built Environment with a rare opportunity to contemplate and realise a design for an accommodation building in a difficult remote landscape, working across discipline boundaries.

The Summer Session gave a group of students the opportunity to compete for the winning design of an artist’s studio which is now being built.  This semester, a new group of new students are working tirelessly to have the project up and ready.  We will be trucking the built studio over to Fowler’s Gap, a remote, hot arid zone in north western NSW, 112km north of Broken Hill.  The site selected is on the eastern side of the Freislich Dam and 4.3km from the UNSW Arid Zone Research Station.

A thorough study of the site of any design project is essential. Working on a predominantly granite ground, the project aims to reconcile itself with the lowlands of the west, the barrier ranges that run north-south centrally through the research station and the plains that are found to the east.

Critical to this course is the fabrication and construction of the building to be transported to Fowler’s Gap. This process of fabrication and construction will be completed to ‘lock-up’ stage at the University of New South Wales Randwick Campus’ Tramsheds. Used as an exhibition space, as well as ground for construction, The Tramsheds is a large working space students from UNSW may use for projects such as this.

As a completely student organised and led project, team work has been essential for the success of the project.  During the initial design development process, we have been familiarising ourselves not only with the project, but we have been cooperating and collaborating with students from engineering and fine arts to complete the project.  This project has been a unique opportunity to not only learn about the construction and fabrication process, but also the chance to explore project organisation and management.
A few weeks ago, we were given the real experience of communicating and “wowing” our client where our presentation was critical to ensure that we’d be given the $100,000 budget for the construction of our artist’s studio. In an informative and supportive environment, we all thought the experience was very educational, not to mention exciting.

The team is now preparing for construction once our timber supplies are delivered. In the meantime, we’re progressing on our joint design exercises in order to understand our project further, as well as getting a grip on using power tools.  We’ll post more updates on our progress, so check back in soon!

Now you can get involved in Project X3 too!

Enrolment for semester two is now underway.

Join in this exciting, student organised project, and work in a multi-disciplinary project. Directed at dealing with the challenges and opportunities provided by sustainability concerns, the Artist’s Studio emphasises functionality and flexibility.

Enrol into BENV2724 or BEVN7802 – Fabrication and Construction Workshop