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: Queenie Tran (MAarch) – Sydney Architecture Festival CH4 Competition

30 09 2010

After months of design and testing, students are going into construction for CH4.

The CH4 competition is a design workshop co-ordinated by the Faculty of the Built Environment. The purpose of the design workshop is to design and construct of re-useable pavilion for Sydney Architecture Week 2010.

Held at the historic Customs House, Circular Quay, the Sydney Architecture Week is a joint venture between the Australian Architecture Association, Australian Institute of Architects, and the NSW Architects Registration Board. Last year, 4,500 people attended this prominent event.

The design of the pavilion is constructed of cardboard tubes framed by plywood sheets. This interactive structure explores ideas of views and perspective as it is splayed within its plywood frame so that as you walk through the pavilion, an awareness of the interior and exterior is experienced.

Over the past week, students have been inducted into the DesignLab workshop and Tramsheds for construction. We have been fortunate to have been sponsored by Royal Plywood who has provided us sheets of plywood and discounted cardboards from Cardboard Tubes Pty Ltd. In addition, Kirrawee Kitchens have been assisting us in the cutting of plywood sheets to hasten our construction process.

We’ve now completed one test module. For the next fortnight, CH4 will be constructing the modules in the Randwick Tramsheds. Stay tuned to see our progress! Only 2000 more cardboard tubes to go!

Watch our progress first hand in this fantastic time lapse video.





UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Elective project by Man Chun Wong

18 02 2010

Student: Man Chun Wong
Contact: ysoytsit@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.coroflot.com/man_wong
Skill: Illustration/3D-modelling/Technical drawing

During the four years of my Industrial Design degree I have gained and developed a range of skills and knowledge. Through the past projects, I have developed my own design process, theory and visual language.

Dinner Culture - Pleaso Teapot


By working on each studio projects, I have the opportunities to develop my skill of researching, marketing, product planning and presentation. Every steps of the process required a lot of practice and improvement of skills and knowledge which I have learnt. Organisational skills such as time management have developed the strength in my discipline and have improved my work efficiency.
The following works show that different goals such as marketing skill, brand cooperation, culture identity and problem solving have been developed. Each of them allows me to strengthen my logical/technical thinking skills, creativity, 2D/3D presentation and modelling skills.
Design is a combination of every aspect in our lives such as culture, technology, economy, society and even religion. By exploring each of them, we discover what people need and what is good for them. As it is said that technology is based on improving people’s lives, design would be the form that connect it and people together and we all should be passionate to improve our future.

Ryobi vacuum cleaner exploded view

Ryobi vacuum cleaner packaging

Product elevations

Exploded view





UNSW Built Environment Master of Architecture: Mark Roach

2 11 2009

Hi Everyone!

My second semester is coming to an end with the final touches being made on my Graduation Project. The images I have included are some drawings explaining some recent changes that I have made to my design and a massing model exploring the form of my building in chocolate.

White Chocolate Massing Model of Customs House Theatre

White Chocolate Massing Model of Customs House Theatre

Just to recap, my project brief required the design of a drama theatre for Customs House that involved observing the immediate site of Customs House through the act of drawing it. This site analysis has been largely informed by the unique acoustic qualities of the site, not to mention the distinct light and movement patterns that characterize Customs House and Circular Quay at large.

North -South Section through Circular Quay and Customs House

North -South Section through Circular Quay and Customs House

The use of sculpture has been an exciting way of abstracting the Customs House site and developing my design scheme that focuses on creating a counterpoint between the new and the old through its geometrical composition. The intention is for the existing East and West wings to be preserved and celebrated by my intervention into the site. The use of white off-form concrete will help add a textural layer to this theatre as well as allowing light to radiate through the myriad of niches that
exist within the existing building.

Ground Floor Plan of Customs House and its Environs as well as a diagram explaining geometrical rationale for the theatre.

Ground Floor Plan of Customs House and its Environs as well as a diagram explaining geometrical rationale for the theatre

This project has been very rewarding throughout the year and has taught me much about the variety of approaches one can take in realising a design idea, such as the use of unconventional model making materials (i.e. chocolate). It has also reinforced my general understanding of what architecture is all about. And its about more than just drawing and as much about understanding people and how they behave in the environment and what makes them feel good and enjoy being in different spaces.

By the end of the year I hope to be working in a small to medium size architecture firm so I can get a good overview and introduction to the profession.





UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Daniel Sutherland

21 09 2009

Well the year is quickly coming to an end and things are wrapping up well!

I’ve found that I have been kept very busy this semester by work other than that related directly to my degree. I suppose this can be the case for a lot of 4th year students that have found work within industry (all be it loosely within industry in my case haha.)

My subjects have in many ways backed up the work I’m doing outside of UNSW, rather than being the focus of my time.  I’m working at a graphic design company dealing with custom made jewellery batch production and I just so happen to be doing a graphics and jewellery course. Being able to apply what we learn in class to real life paid situations is proving very useful. Getting work placement early in your degree can be very helpful and I can’t stress the importance of getting industry experience during your degree enough.

To all Industrial Design students at UNSW: Industry Experience work is not compulsory within the course anymore and nor is it suggested strongly enough by lecturers.. I’ve learnt as much at work as I have in class BUT keep in mind, it will negatively affect your marks if trying to do uni full time. Personally, going part time and working has not affected my marks, only it added an extra year onto my degree….! Check out the UNSW online job database for some good opportunities if your thinking of finding work, but be prepared to be patient.

My thesis research is in full swing also, next year I’ll be spending most of my time on developing this project and I’ll get to show all the interesting visual stuff then.

Enjoy the 4 month holiday..oh and sweet, no exams for me!





UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: John Ha

18 09 2009

Well, I’ll be… has it been half the semester already?
Well time flies when you have fun…

The semester has been unbelievable! I have been on top of my assessments and required work yet still been able to juggle time with my other commitments into my Korean Community and local church.

With only 2 days of official lectures… the only stress during the remaining time has been what to do?!
“LOL”…

But for me, Project X3, my elective course, has been a major but very interesting and fun commitment, with both first aid and 2 years of construction skills under my belt, my services have been invaluable!  With nearly 3 days of committed work a week, (P.S. which I can get along just fine without hampering too much for my other assessments!) Project X3 is well on the way to be constructed right after the November Exam period.

Project X3 - Fowler's Gap

Project X3 - Fowler's Gap

Project X3 - Installing Centre Rafter

Project X3 - Installing Centre Rafter

As for my other courses, Social Responsibility and Professional Ethics really opened my mind on the complex natures of construction affecting not just the local community but the whole nature of where we live.  Risk Management is specifically studying the risks associated in a construction project while at the same time trying to find opportunities that can be identified at the same time. Really brings the ‘opportunitist’ out of me as I study this subject, might be handy in the near future. Construction Techniques is a breeze… with methods and available construction services being studied for very large and very specific projects like water based, islands, deserts and heavily urban environments.

And the assessments are easy to understand and follow: using both our initiative and knowledge in to expand study and research the construction industry itself.

I have never looked back from my decision in Construction Management, and I will always look for the silver lining now in every cloud, cause, what you learn you can use beyond work.





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

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