Revisiting the Megastructure movement of the 1960s and assessing its provocation and failures marked the beginning of the project. It recognized the early potential failure of megastructure such as its lack of sensitivity to its surroundings, unpractical, conventional methods of production and unrealistic, uninhabitable proposed spaces. Yet through the appreciation of complex theory, modularity and assemblages, one cannot ignore its potential.
As part of the White Bay/Pyrmont Precinct Redevelopment, the project utilized computational processing to explore organisation of mass urban fabric rather than conventional urban design strategies which would be far too limited and produce static results. With the assistance of computation, specific generative relationships were established and investigated. Through detailed analysis into proximity distances, modular programmatic areas and three-dimensional circulation connectivity, an urban condition was developed.
This urban environment developed a series of modular spaces that respond, shift, and change in relation to surrounding programmatic arrangements and events. Constant smooth path of circulation enables efficient movement throughout the site, and crowd distribution and occupancy spread evenly throughout all levels, redefining the ground plane.
Project Team: Ben Yee, Melissa Riley, Sally Hsu
Project Tutor: Anthony Burke, Ben Coorey, Ben Hewett
Master of Architecture
Spring Semester 2009
University of Technology, Sydney