Lecturers: Dr. Jude Glover and Thom Luke

Studio Partners: Glen Eira Council

Monday | 11.30 am – 2:30 pm | B45.001.010
Thursday | 11.30 am  – 2:30 pm | B45.001.010

RMIT Industrial Design has been invited to develop concepts for the Carnegie Market Redevelopment at Shepparson’s Lane as part of the Upper Pool Studio offerings. This site is being re-developed by the Glen Eira Council and the outcomes of this studio could develop further into real-world scenarios. This studio gives students an opportunity to work on an unfolding urban development process with potential for on-going future projects: that is if the Council likes any ideas from the studio they are willing to fund them, test them and build them.

Site and Context: The Shepparson’s Lane site will eventually be developed into a cohesive and permanent public facility compromising a Growers Market, a Hawker’s Market, a public plaza and a community garden with world renowned Melbourne Architects Six Degrees. This will take many years and preceding that the Council wishes to clear the existing site and develop it as a series of Pop-up facilities and public spaces to test ideas around community activation through gardens, markets, retail, eateries and other public facilities.

This studio will explore how the site links to the broader community, how that community can be brought to the site and what range of activates could take place. The council is particularly interested in how the studio and students might design Pop-up facilities that enable these activities.

Students will be working with prototyping teachers Dr Jude Glover and Thom Luke. Dr Glover spent many years as a metal fabricator working on architectural and engineering structures. Thom Luke runs his own fabrication studio and has experience with designing and fabricating facilities at Melbourne and South Melbourne market re-developments.

The studio will start with an investigation into the Carnegie community with some initial research and mapping based on site-visits and Council briefings. Each concept will sit within a well thought out series of scenarios based on community activation. However the studio lecturers are interested in pushing the practical outcomes of this studio— in particular the possibilities for the design and fabrication of the Pop-up structures or spaces. Students will look at the whole site and its possibilities for community engagement then narrow down on the particular aspect to develop a space or structure which will involve fabrication and materials research, design development, documentation, modelling and elements of prototyping. Students will present a series of professional concepts back to the Council for consideration.