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Dynamics of bamboo design and build collaborations

Norrie, H ORCID: 0000-0002-8941-9531, Grainger, P, Elliott, H, Woods, T, Long, N and Long, J 2017 , 'Dynamics of bamboo design and build collaborations', in DK Brown and M Manfredini and P McPherson and A Pretty and U Rieger and M Southcombe (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Reflections on applied collaborative architectural research , LetteraVentidue Edizioni, Italy, pp. 116-127.

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Design and construction of a temporary bamboo structure provided the vehicle to explorelive and interactive design-led research, extending collaborative partnerships and forging newrelationships. Designed for two events of contrasting scale as part of the Dark Mofo annualarts festival hosted by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, theproject drew on an extensive portfolio of research into traditional and contemporary bamboostructures complied by Sydney-based architecture practice, Cave Urban. It extended CaveUrban’s previous partnerships with Taiwanese artist, Wang Wen Chih, and involved collaborationbetween Cave Urban and students from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) School ofArchitecture & Design and Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA), and on-site assistance fromthe MONA events construction team. Construction over a three-week process involved design research that provided new knowledgeinto bamboo structures and developed new process of Learning By Making as a form ofcollaborative research-based teaching. Interaction between the team of 25 people shiftedbetween modes of open/closed and flat/hierarchical collaboration, in a dynamic process thatlent new definition to the idea of ‘live’ projects. Design-led research provided the opportunityfor an equal number of students and expert collaborators, facilitating an opportunity to explorea master/apprentice model, to expanded practical and theoretical knowledge and expertisethrough the design and construction of a temporary civic event space.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Norrie, H and Grainger, P and Elliott, H and Woods, T and Long, N and Long, J
Keywords: collaboration, bamboo, pavilion, design research, interactive
Publisher: LetteraVentidue Edizioni
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