Design Briefs 2015

The following causes for architectural intervention have been identified with community representatives of Dungog and Butterwick:

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How Design Workshops Work

  1. The briefs will be introduced by the clients/stakeholders on Friday 2 Oct 2015 at 3pm. ArchiCamp participants are invited to choose freely one or more projects to work on, as individuals or groups (or not do any design work at all).
  2. During ArchiCamp, participants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with present tutors/mentors and other students informally – there are no specifically scheduled design sessions or working groups.
  3. Participants will present their concepts informally directly to the clients on Monday 5 Oct 2015 at 1pm, in small separate groups for each client/project (there are no public presentations or critique sessions).
  4. Post ArchiCamp, participants may choose to continue working on their successful design concept, through design development to a DA submission, with assistance of experienced mentors.

Design and Material Constraints

Design for the environment and climate, passive buildings with minimum energy requirements and no air conditioning.

In your design, please consider simple material palette relevant to the immediate environment, as well as the broader region, with preference for materials sourced, produced or recycled locally. Some examples include: ethical, sustainable timber, local stone, hemp masonry, rammed earth, straw bale, weaving, wattle and daub, cob, mud brick, sugar cane bagasse board, bamboo, natural fabric, packed / rammed composite flooring. Use corrugated metal, glass, oncrete, standard brick and steel where necessary.

Please avoid all unsustainable and/or toxic materials and technologies, e.g. brick veneers, treated pine, aluminium, plastic, chromium (use uncoated brass plumbing), etc. Use natural finishes and surface treatments, avoid synthetic paints and varnishes.