Open Agenda winners announced

July 19, 2011

Three design research proposals announced as winners of UTS Architecture’s Open Agenda competition.

The UTS School of Architecture has announced the three winners in its second Open Agenda competition, which promotes the role of architectural practice within design research.

The annual competition, open to architecture graduates from Australia and New Zealand, supports experimental and speculative architecture and ideas. The progressive competition is intentionally broad in scope – encouraging new discourse of architecture within the public realm.

The three winning individuals or teams are RMIT graduate Rory Hyde; Nick Sargent and Mark Leong, graduates of Wellington’s Victoria University; and Daniel Fink from USYD.

Rory Hyde’s proposal, ‘Potential Futures for Architecture Practice’, is a research project that focuses on a series of innovative designers exploring new means of collaboration, engagement and design outcomes. The project examines the work of individuals “operating at the edge of the territory of traditional architects,” including Alejandro Aravena of Elemental Architects, Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Marcus Westbury of Renew Newcastle, Dan Hill of City of Sound and Bruce Mau of Institute Without Boundaries.

Nick Sargent and Mark Leong’s entry, entitled ‘The Cars that Drank Lake Eyre’, is pitched as an anthology of architectural fan fiction. The proposal examines the task of architecture and architects within stories of creation, myth and cultural stories.

Daniel Fink’s entry – ‘Greater Western Sydney Special Economic Zone’ – looks at Sydney’s Metropolitan Strategy 2036 in the context of other urban infrastructure and developments taking place around the world, with “an extensive series of mappings that speculate on the character of the alienation of the forces of urbanism”. The project uses theories and research of Keller Easterling, Rem Koolhaas & Harvard Design School, Raoul Bunschoten and Pier Vittorio Aureli.

Three further projects were awarded honourable mentions: ‘Vernacular Differentiation’, by Dirk Anderson, Eduardo de Oliveira Barata and Tim Manning; ‘Flaneur’s Delirium’ by Sebastian Hamilton and Barrington Gohns; and ‘Cell to Surface’ by Shayani Fernando and Miruna Sladescu.

The three winning proposals have been awarded funding of $2000 each to develop their proposals for a public exhibition and publication, and the three winners will be published in _Architectural Review Australia_ later this year. Each individual or team will also have the opportunity to present a public lecture on their work as part of the UTS public lecture series.

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