UNSW Built Environment: HotHouse Workshop on Ecological Thinking

29 04 2011

The National Institute for Experimental Arts is presenting a HotHouse Workshop on Ecological Thinking on the 19 and 20 May, 2011.

The event will include talks from international keynote speakers Tim Morton and David Gissen.

The workshop will consider ecological thinking and how it transforms the way we understand materials, objects and environments, whilst asking how we might radically rework ecological thought and curate (care for) Tim Morton’s concept of hyperobjects.

Participants are invited to brainstorm about a future exhibition project on hyperobjects for the new gallery complex at the College of Fine Arts.

For further information on this event including times and ticket prices please visit the Materials: Objects: Environment page.

UNSW Built Environment: 2010 Graduand Catalogues

14 12 2010

Our 2010 UNSW Built Environment Graduand Catalogues have been released for viewing. These catalogues showcase the achievements of our 2010 of our graduating students – congratulations to all those involved.

If you would like to view the various graduand catalogues, please click the links below.

Architectural Computing

Architecture (BArch)

Industrial Design

Landscape Architecture

Master of Architecture (MArch)

UNSW Built Environment: Win an Apple IPAD!

2 11 2010

We are giving all BE students the chance to win an Apple IPad simply by taking part in an online CATEI survey! All you have to do is log into CATEI via your myUNSW portal and tell us your opinion about things. All those who complete the survey will go into a draw to win an Apple IPad.

We want to hear what you think! If positive, please take the time to say so,  affirm what is happening and provide this feedback to the  lecturers. If you would like to see change let us know so things can change.

It is understandable that this is a hectic time of the year and your time to provide this very important feedback  is really appreciated. It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes! 

Did you know because you complete CATEI;

  • Lecturers have changed course content and teaching  as a result  of your feedback.
  • If you complete the survey you can view lecturer feedback on comments and course data after the results are finalised.
  • If you complete the survey you are then given access to see the completed results for  Form A evaluation and so find out what your peers thought.
  • By completing the survey you boost the overall response rate for FBE compared to other Faculties at UNSW which is very important. You also boost your own  program’s response rate compared to other programs within FBE too! Yes, they are all measured which indicates the importance of this survey.

So log in to myUNSW portal today today for your chance to win!

UNSW Built Environment Exhibition: The shape of things to come – Sydney in the year 2030

19 10 2010

The year is 2030, and the city’s population has just exceeded 6 million. The metro carriages are due for replacement, Central Park’s tri-generation plant is operational and the new broadband network is reaching peak speeds of 9 gigabytes per second.

Using recent projects by architecture students from UNSW, UTS and the University of Sydney, along with key visions included in City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, we follow in the footsteps of imaginary city dwellers as they explore Sydney in 2030 through a variety of graphic and video media.

Commissioned by the City of Sydney and curated by Mark Szczerbicki, this exhibition is held in conjunction with the 2010 Sydney Architecture Festival.

When: 20 October – 28 November
Time: 10am – 7pm Mon – Fri ; Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm

Venue: Customs House
Where: 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay NSW 2000
Cost: Free

UNSW Built Environment Event: Utzon 2010 Lecture Series

14 09 2010

Tomorrow night is the next installment in the UNSW Utzon Lecture Series “Recent Parks, Sydney’s Great Design Strengths”. Click here to register!

The presentation will focus on 3 scales – The Metro, The Regional, and the Local.

A presentation of contemporary parks and public space projects will be used as the thread which links these scales and describes why they are fundamental to achieving a public domain which provides social, cultural, economic and environmental nourishment to the city. The Speakers will cover the following areas.

Sacha Coles- Intro and Chair – Transformative projects. Setting the scene through Sydney’s recent projects

Speaker 1 – Linda Corkery – Open space at the metro scale.

Linda will present on Metro Parks as the Green infrastructure of the city. Her talk will cover the social imperatives of ensuring public access to healthy environments and how the aesthetic and visual qualities of these parks and places give shape to the surrounding urban form.

Speaker 2 – Adrian McGregor – The Waterfront Transformation.

Adrian’s presentation will look at how the translocation of fossil fuel land uses on the city waterfront have lead to the remediation of post industrial sites for community recreation and environmental restoration. Adrian’s talk will look in detail at two of McGregor Coxall’s recent projects in Sydney.

Speaker 3 – Jane Irwin – The Local.

Jane will present on the value of the local network of parks and spaces that provide social spaces and opportunities for enriching life in the city. Jane will focus on recent public projects from her office from Auburn to Camperdown.

UNSW Built Environment Landscape Architecture: Ali Gates

29 07 2010

Semester 1 2010 is now in the past. This Semester tested us further then all others. Not only were we working in groups, which brings its advantages and challenges, but our site was at a larger scale then we have worked with before and was largely inaccessible being in Canberra – a bit too far away to be able to go back and check things.  Only one dedicated group managed to return for a second site visit.

Our originally light rail-driven-design developed further in the last few weeks of design. The high density development remained anchored by the light rail but became organised, in an abstract way, by the green corridors that run throughout, connecting the surrounding and existing open spaces. Out master plan shows how these ideas were implemented. These open spaces were to represent the different degrees or nature from the wilderness to man made in relationship to the surrounding areas. We zoomed in on two parts of the green corridors to look at in more detail. This allowed us to get back into a scale we were comfortable with. This is an example of one of our zoomed in parts.


I’m glad to say that all the groups made it through with no friendships lost, which we hear has happened other years. And our professor put this down to our ‘lovely class spirit’. Working in a group of four took some pressure off as we had four times the power to get the work done. Our group ended up almost living together at one of our houses towards the end in order to get the work done. We survived the late nights and long days by listening to music and episodes of Arrested Development.

We presented our work as a group, each talking about the aspects of the design we felt we knew best. We were happy with how it went on the day but mostly relieved it was all over!

Precinct Plan

Until next time! The final chapter- semester 2 2010.

UNSW Built Environment Landscape Architecture: Riley Field

20 05 2010

Hi all…

The second half of the semester has become slightly more intense and I’m finding I’m not so much sleeping like a baby anymore. Design studio has really bumped up a notch.  It is one thing to analyze existing site conditions as we did for the first part, now using this information to inform design process is something slightly trickier. I think group work is a great experience and really does test people. It can become very interesting at times, especially in design where it is so individual and opinionative. Nether the less it’s all about preparation for non uni life. Some amazing work has been produced, as we reach the final stages of the design process you can see different group ideals coming through strongly in their work. It is evident that every group has a different spin on what has been initially proposed.

I think everyone is looking forward to the break, hopefully it will give me some time to write a significant chunk of my thesis. After the break we have our trivia night which will raise funds for our graduation exhibition. I urge you all to get involved, would be a good chance to mix with the other years and a number of professionals from the industry. Look out for the invites!

Attached are a few pics from studio, which shows a few good looking Landscape Architect students deep in thought a week before the interim review. Good times…