This year marks the 3rd annual 1:1 architectural design event in Australia, with the New South Wales team spearheading a new direction for the Australian national event which is quickly becoming a hot date for the architectural community.
Now successfully run in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, the Original 1:1 NSW decided in 2013 to trial a new approach pushing collaboration to the next level. For the past 2 years the aim has been to narrow the void between students and Architects. This year the team – a small collective from SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture) and DARCH – decided to take the same approach but to apply the aim and outcome to the community and the street.
The event brought together 30 students and 30 Architects from different firms and Universities across the state to participate in a one day only intensive collective build project. Architects and students were paired in teams of 6 at a ratio of 1:1, 3 Architects and 3 students, each then assigned a builder and provided with recycled materials and a brief.
This year’s brief was to activate a community laneway as part of 2013 Beams Chippendale Art festival though the design of a series of micro pavilions, small habitable objects which would Re:frame the urban environment. Pavilions with potential longevity were then donated to existing community organisations within the local area including Work-Shop, NG Gallery and Sustainable Chippendale allowing the structures to have a potential life after Beams and 1:1. Support for the not for profit event has been overwhelming attracting sponsorship across disciplines with participation from both students and architects in high demand. Other states are now also considering possible community applications for 1:1 in up and coming years. To view a time lapse of the build please click here.
Guest Author Bio
Nicola Balch works as a graduate designer for McGregor Coxall Landscape Architecture and Urban design. She has been one of the key organisers of 1to1New South Wales for the last two years, originally getting involved as the SONA representative for the University of Technology Sydney. Nicola has completed undergraduate studies in both Communications and Architectural Design at UTS where she was a deans list student. Her passion for advocacy was consistent throughout her studies beginning in 2009 when elected by the SRC in only her second year for the full time position of Vice President for the UTS Students’ Association.
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