“as architects, we are taught to believe that we have control over the built environment, but perhaps there are other forces that more profoundly influence what is built. How do we, as designers, influence and engage with these forces so that we might have greater agency in the city.”
this elective was taught at RMIT as part of the Masters of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The students explored the role and agency of the architect within civic spaces, identifying a series of objects which traditionally are believed to fall outside of the profession. planning laws, building code, city policy, bins, buskers, bike hoops, street lights, and statues make up much of our cities, creating a reciprocal dialogue between it and its occupation. understanding the everyday allowed for the students to identify and understand forces that have more impact on the city than the architect.
RMIT design elective
jin wei lua
min ji lee