Three RMIT students have won this year’s 24-hour SuperStudio student competition, having envisioned the future of architecture “as a multidisciplinary mongrel”. Ben Kazacos (5th year landscape architecture), Brock Hogan (5th year landscape architecture), and Phoebe Baker-Gabb (4th year interior design) submitted a video of their installation for the Shifting Sands competition, run by the Australian Institute of Architect’s Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA).
The video’s sensory approach to architectural design took the form of a sculptural drawing device and online image uploading system. Their prototype sculpture uses 900 pencils. This beautiful piece of videography impressed the jury for its clarity of expression, breadth of ideas and potential for real-life application.
SuperStudio ran seven studios simultaneously across Australia on 3 August 2012, with more than 450 students attending. The brief for the Shifting Sands theme, curated by Tim Pyke and Mark Raggatt of ARM Architecture, called on students to develop a manifesto describing the future of architecture as both an artistic and professional pursuit. Students were then asked to apply these ideas in an installation at both the Venice Biennale and 2013 Australian Architecture Conference in Melbourne.
“Our design, aptly named Mark, seeks to create architecture that is both personal and collective, specific and general. Mark aims to extend user engagement beyond physical interaction and perhaps beyond the life of the architecture itself,” said winners Kazacos, Baker-Gabb and Hogan, who will each receive a ticket to Venice, courtesy of BlueScope Steel.
SuperStudio commendations also went to:
Disposable by Sebastian Smith, Scott Beeby (Griffith University), Aaron Chen (Queensland University of Technology)
Bunnings by Michael Collins, Daisy Xu, Nigel Lim (University of Melbourne).
Form Follows Function by Siomn Del Favero, Marshall Blecher (University of Sydney)
Architecture for Architects by Ben Spinetti, Willian Munn, Rio Murase (University of Sydney)
See more from the SuperStudio 2012 project here.