Occupy Collect(ive) - First Year Architectural Studio - Em & Byron

Occupy Collect(ive) 
First Year Architectural Studio
Emily Van Eyk & Byron Last

This studio aims to make use of those things we so readily disregard as waste, and to bring into the light those things that so saturated our lives that they are no longer seen.
This ‘stuff’ does not only exist in our bins and rubbish dumps, but also accumulate in our top drawers, behind the couch pillows, under the car seats, and in our streets, awaiting a use that may never come.
In opposition to the common perception of their meaninglessness and insignificance, it will be seen, that this ‘stuff’ possess the potential reflect intimate details of the way we live our lives, and the relationship we have formed with our environment.
We are to reconsider, re-use, re-contextualise, and eventually re-inhabit these previously discarded or disregarded objects; Let us reinvent their lives beyond that which they were so temporarily intended. In the process we may just reinvent our own.
Studio Format
A ‘General Assembly’ will be held regularly throughout the semester. It is to be a forum in which to express and debate ideas and vote on our collective actions. It is to be an active democracy for which attendance and participation is of high importance. Every student will co-chair at least one General Assembly.
Component 1
Metal Fucking Rats, 2006 - Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Students are asked to Assemble a small sculpture made entirely of refuse materials. Anything can be used as long as it is considered  junk. These sculptures are meant to be an intuitive process akin to play, so students are asked to experiment and do more than think.
While doing, they will examine components of their sculptures that suggest a motive or idea and build on these components to reinforce the idea.
As you are assembling they will also be producing a set of architectural drawings to describe the sculptures. A plan, section and a rendered perspective. All the drawings need to distill the ideas born from the making of the sculptures. While all are of equal importance we will be focusing predominantly on the perspective for a graphically emotive drawing that captivates its audience.
Dirty White Trash, 1998 Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Component 2
2012 Architecten - Wikado
The Students will be provided with an element that will alter their previous sculpture. This element will give rise to their sculptures becoming somewhat habitable, scalable & programmable; enter the architecture... Reconfigure & reinvent the now architectural proposition.
2012 Architecten - Wikado
Component 3
Through a continued exercises in creative appropriation, subversion and adaptation, students will be asked to propose and design productive addition a larger cooperative organisation.
The proposals will be sited within the ruined structure of a former commercial building in Perth, with the aim of illustrating a semi-autonomous, self-sustaining urban settlement; A community collectively owned and managed by the students, on the basis of self-help, and active participation in policy and decision making.
The ‘General Assembly’ will act as an accumulative assessment of the Occupy Collect(ive) proposal. It will include an assessment of the productive cycles that will be required to sustain such a community. These may include but are not limited to Infrastructure, Agriculture, Energy, Education and Culture.
Students will propose their own contribution to the settlement based on the ‘General Assemblies’ agenda items, to which votes will be cast to determine their appropriateness and acceptance.
The May Holman Centre is an abandoned 18 story building located in a prominent position opposite the Supreme Court Gardens on St Georges Terrace, Perth.
An attempt in 2007 to transform this modernist building into luxury apartments failed due to the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). With construction works having commenced prior to the projects stoppage, the partially demolished building, now devoid of life for more than 5 years, has been left a ruin.
Previously occupied by the Magistrates & District Courts, law enforcement agencies and other government departments, ruminants of which still lie within, the ruin of the May Holman Centre has become an ironic symbol of a social structure and its inability to adapt which led to its demise.

Additional Studio details including student work and related references will be posted shortly.