ArchiCamp is a multi-day annual grassroots event for architecture students and professionals that facilitates collaborative work on ethically-based design concepts. Over 80 students from across Australia will be attending the 2015 event, and professionals involved include the 1999 Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal winner Richard Leplastrier, Architecture Foundation Australia founder Lindsay Johnston and Kerry and Lindsay Clare of Clare Design.
This year, the relatively unstructured event will run from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October and will take place at Shepherds Grounds in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The work of ArchiCamp will aim to benefit the nearby towns, Dungog, which was hit by flash flooding earlier in the year that resulted in deaths and significant damage, and Butterwick.
“Ahead of each ArchiCamp, specific ethical causes for architectural intervention are identified within the host community and the environment where ArchiCamp is to be held. This informs a creative brief, which is presented to participants at the opening of ArchiCamp,” said ArchiCamp organizer Jiri Loew.
“During the following days, students create one or more design concepts with the help of experienced tutors, and present these to the community representatives at the end of ArchiCamp. In the weeks following ArchiCamp, students continue working with an experienced mentor on their successful concept, through design development to DA submission, construction drawings and construction itself.”
The five causes for architectural intervention that have been identified by the event organizers are a masterplan for a replacement Dungog showground and an accompanying pavilion, a sheltered dining and outdoor kitchen area for up to 500 people in Dungog, affordable off-grid affordable housing at Shepherds Ground for 6-12 young people and a Shepherds Ground community hall that can accomodate around 200 people.
The three-night ArchiCamp event will involve camping, design workshops, tours, talks, discussions and entertainment. The site of the event is also the planned location for a sustainable community masterplanned by Greg Burgess Architects.
The inaugural ArchiCamp event took place last year in Mudgee, New South Wales, from 21 to 23 November.
To learn more about the event, visit loew.com.au/archicamp/.