Crown Casino and the Problem of Private
Technical Interventions for A New (Operable) Public Life
Winner of the Edward & Penelope Billson Prize, and the Ernest 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 (click through images)Suite of Speculations
Ferry Terminal / Cathedral
Atrium / Inventory / Column Order
Hotel ProjectUniversity representative, ARCHIPRIX International 2015 “World’s Best Graduation Projects,” ETSAM, Madrid, 2015.
An Apparatus for Opportunistic Agency
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)