Crown Casino and the Problem of Private
Technical Interventions for A New (Operable) Public Life

Edward & Penelope Billson PrizeErnest Fooks Memorial Award
Melbourne School of Design, 2014

The proliferation of corporate “Bigness” has consumed public life and deformed its constituents: monument has become icon, and infrastructure no longer refers to public service but exclusive amenities. This condition is exemplified by Southbank’s Crown Casino, the largest chunk of Bigness in the state. Its imminent territorial expansion been flagged as a threat to public life in Melbourne, in urgent need of intervention. This project is therefore a series of strategic interventions throughout Crown, combining monument and infrastructure in a new media-technical Order of operability that propagates dual conditions of political disruption and public provision.

Drawings (scroll and click through images)

Suite of Speculations
Market Colonnade 
Ferry Terminal / Cathedral
Atrium / Inventory / Column Order

Hotel Project
An Apparatus for Opportunistic Agency

University representative, ARCHIPRIX International 2015 “World’s Best Graduation Projects,” ETSAM, Madrid, 2015.
Published in House Us (Winnipeg, MB: Open City Design Institute Press, 2017), 48-57.

This speculative project responds to Australia’s refugee crisis via overt and covert tactics. The Hotel aims to intervene in the relentless cycle of temporary visa refugees unable to work, through a reinvented type of transient lodging. Sited off a disused multi-storey carpark facade in Melboune CBD, the Hotel asks how hospitable architectures/infrastructures might operate as a mediated and mediating ground for new visitors in an environmentally inhospitable surplus city fabric. 

Narrative Sequence (click)
Dwelling (on the) Details (click)

Concealing the Crisis
Food storage infrastructure, market, mausoleum, & park

Winner of Dulux Color Awards, student category, 2015.

A speculative architecture for a dystopian future, where Melbourne is in the throes of an impending food shortage. Set upon the contested Queen Victoria Market site in Melbourne, the new Market responds to the exigencies (and consequences) of hyperdensity and covert food stockpiling, while assuaging publics under a theatrical guise and feigned ignorance of the true crisis at hand. The project raises the problem of emergency architecture as an issue “best left concealed,” perversely hinting at an ominous future of frenzied stockpiling, long-life preservation and redistribution.


Unbound NYC
2019 AIANY Competition Proposal for a Pavilion on Roosevelt Island, NYC

Team: Gabriel Vergara and Christine Giorgio

Fences tend to be the de facto solution for delineating public open space in the city. How might this hard edge condition be reframed—not as enclosure, but as communal shelter and public gathering? Unbound NYC seeks to reverse this trend by releasing the landscape from its enclosing elements, and setting new conditions for inclusive urban activity. (click)