University of Canberra Design Team talk
The UC design team will speak about the pavilion project, fabrication and the new workshop and processes.
About the project
The 2019 Design Canberra Pavilion provides a sculptural intervention into the otherwise vast emptiness of Civic Square. Through, carefully situating the scheme’s flowing geometry within the seating edge provided by the square’s existing fountain, the pavilion’s design both reclaims the civic function of the square through the creation of a new urban room for formal and informal festival events while in parallel reinforcing the important Ainslie City Hill axis as a gateway to the festival’s homebase: Craft ACT.
The design and construction of the pavilion evidences the material and spatial possibilities of computational design techniques coupled to bespoke robotic fabrication strategies and extensive material knowledge. An emerging territory of craft premised on the expert authorship of digital modelling practices and code. Through this unique combination of digital knowledge and traditional making practices exemplifies the ambitions of the pavilion’s design team based at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design. The multidisciplinary team, consisting of industrial designers, architects and makers, enthusiastically embrace the transformative role of emerging technologies on design practice and production. A curiosity that spans the visualisation of complex data; mixed reality; interaction design; the integration of automation within the building, construction and product industries; and critically, how these technologies are enabling more inclusive design and review processes.
Selected Civic Square festival programs have been made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program.