Visceral Borders: Spatial Implications of Bordering Practices in the Korean Peninsula.
The thesis interrogates spatial implications of bordering practices in the Korean peninsula. By examining the contingent performances of citizenships and mobilities manifested across four case studies, this thesis will offer alternative conceptualization of borders beyond the prevailing image-privileging mapping methods in architecture. Using qualitative methods and the four spatial case studies, this alternative engages bodily choreographies and bordering practices through citizenship and mobility. This thesis unfolds spatial complexities of social, economic, and cultural negotiations inherent in nation-state bordering practices.
Architecture and the Design of Therapeutic Environments
This PhD research aims to examine the spatial constructs and perceptions of individuals who self harm, with the view to analysing ways or approaches in which architecture and the built environment might contribute to the success and efficacy of treatment. The purpose of this PhD research is to investigate what particular spatial constructs and perceptions might be common to individuals who self harm, with the view to analysing if and how architecture might be applicable in the treatment of self harm and what ways, approaches or spatial encounters might be employed.
Computational Morphogenesis to Digital Fabrication: Inflatable Membrane Technology applied to form-resistant structures
The experience of designers such as Frei Otto, Heinz Isler, Luigi Nervi shows that form-resistant structures (i.e. gridshells and shells) feature a historical and seamless integration between form, structure, material and building technique. However, the rise of the “non-standard” from Computational Morphogenesis (CM) to fabrication has been contributing to fragment this framework, reopening the issue of tectonics and pointing out limits related to the construction phase. Although a wide literature covers design for form-resistant structures, their construction still remains considerably waste-producing and demanding in terms of resources, time and manpower.
This research focuses on how Computational Morphogenesis and Digital Fabrication offer the tools to implement an integrated design process in which construction is informed by and informs the entire workframe. A specific area of interest covers the use of Inflatable Membrane Technology as a means of construction for post-formed timber gridshells and pre-formed shells.
Art and Environment : John Dalton and Queensland Architecture
John Dalton (1927-2007) influential Queensland architect and advocate for architecture, art and design was pivotal within the architecture and art communities of Brisbane from 1956 until 1978. Although work from Dalton’s architectural practice was recognised through awards and was published and exhibited nationally and internationally, it has never been thoroughly examined. This thesis will challenge existing interpretations of the work of John Dalton and his contribution to mid-century modern architecture in Queensland through analysis of his architecture, painting and writing.
Negotiating Boundaries: Transformations of Spatial Practices and Gender Relations in a Post-Suharto Minangkabau Village
Minangkabau people in Indonesia is believed to be the largest Muslim matrilineal ethnic group in the world. Their social organisation is spatially inscribed in their built environment, which in turn has been influenced by layers of socio-political tensions. Following the end of Suharto administration in 1998, Minangkabau has been impacted by decentralisation policies that have brought about a renegotiation of boundaries between their customary way of life, Islam, and state authority. This research looks at a post-Suharto Minangkabau village to study how spaces and gender relations are reciprocally related and intertwined with socio-political changes.
Tell Him He’s Dreaming: The Architectural Drawing in Postwar Melbourne
Using the theories of Evans, Frascari, and Goodman, this thesis investigates the production, composition, and reception of the architectural drawing in Modern and Postmodern Melbourne from the mid-1940s to 1980s. Through contextual and interpretative analyses, it considers the role of architect and authorship, diverse techniques of depiction and use of media, as well as shifts in the drawing’s viewership and status, to underscore the capacity of the drawing in understanding the wider social and cultural milieu of the city.
Resilient Remote Settlements: Analysing the role and potential of buildings to satisfy human needs in very remote settlements
In many very remote settlements there is a gap between the satisfaction of fundamental human needs and supporting buildings and networks. A relationship can exist between buildings and territorial networks, whereby one reinforces the other and vice versa, to satisfy needs and in turn strengthen viability. This is an economic study, from an architectural perspective, that investigates whether it is possible to reduce the gap between needs that are met, versus those that are not, by allocating resources according to different building strategy logics.
Outpatient oncology settings: The role of the built environment in maintaining patient sense of support
This research focuses on exploring the role that the design of outpatient facilities plays in empowering and supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The study will investigate patient perceptions of support communicated by the built environment and the repercussions of such impressions on their satisfaction and wellbeing. The study will also determine architectural design features that contribute to patients’ sense of support and how such support may contribute to a positive climate of patient-centered care.
Modernism in China, 1949-1985: A Critical Analysis of the Relations between Architectural Form and State Politics in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Overseas
My thesis aims to rethink and re-evaluate the modernism in China from 1949 to 1985, the Mao Zedong era and its aftermath. I will critically analyse the dynamic relations between architectural form and state politics under communist system, focusing on three major cities namely Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and China's aid projects overseas in this period. The research will fill a certain gap in the study of architectural history of modern China, and contribute to the criticism on contemporary architecture both in China and the West.
Regenerating East-Asian Spatial Traditions: A Study of Reflective Architects of China and Japan since 2000 in Relation to Urban Condition and Spatial Culture
The reflective design practice developed in Japan with a rise of Metabolism since the 1960s; however it emerged in China with tectonic ‘regionalism’ only since the 2000s. This research is to explore, if there is comparability amongst the most reflective architects of the two countries in response to the forces of globalization, and if yes, how and to what extent, do these architects strive to regenerate their indigenous spatial traditions, in the specific context of urban condition and spatial culture.