UTS Bachelor of Architecture _ Design Studio 6 : Frankenstein by Miguel Gilarte and Charles Curtin
AIA UTS Bachelor of Architecture Award 2020 Nominated
1001 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW 2000, Sydney, Australia
Arrival Panorama
The current paradigm of leisure from the Retro-active Manifesto can be delivered as the transaction of concurrent events that are associated with the ideologies of capitalism, consumerism and atomisation. Growth society’s use of resources is unsustainable, and our ecological footprint continues to grow. Productivism and consumerism are by-products of a life saturated with work, where the money is earnt, and exchanged for commodities in a limitless capacity – there are no boundaries to the desire for bigger, better, more and being alone. These are also the principles of how leisure operates in today’s society. Leisure is a tool relies on a series of concurrent performances or transactions between the ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’ – in turn reinforcing class stratification, social roles and power dynamics. 
Site Manifesto
Degrowth. Degrowth civilisation proposes a scenario stands for anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist, a society where hierarchies are eroded. In the world of degrowth, transactions are no longer based on commerce; they are based on an exchange of knowledge and ideas. They seek small, reduce, recycle, collaborate and coexistence.

World Exposition. Expositions are about the power of attraction. They seduce individuals with possibilities and allow for speculations of the future. Thus, COEXIST sits in between of growth era of social inequality, atomisation and climate crisis to degrowth era of community engagements. It explores the idea of coexistence, an economy of shared life in which relates the foremost vital ideology of human to humans. The terminology of coexists postulates creating a vital relationship with nature and humans, living together to enhance their lifestyles, and recognising the differences, proposing a vision of coexist for all. After all, man cannot live alone. 
COEXIST represents in the site to create these typologies; Museum, House, Academy Museum of Growth: criticises the previous past of growth, revealing the failure to guide us to degrowth epoch. It showcases privatisation, commodification and capitalism in a brutally honest way.

House: reveals the new approaches to domesticity with the idea of coexisting and how does the private infected by the public.

Academy: initiates the world of degrowth through collaboration, a discussion where people interact with others to learn different views where people challenge themselves.

As the Frankenstein’s spatial organisation expresses the coexistence of different volumes to create a grotesque whole. The outcome of this amalgamation is the circulation or display zone that stitches throughout the volumes. The programs concatenate into each other where the forms collide and dissect. 
General Plan
This spatial organisation illustrates how frankenstein typology affects the planar organisation of architecture and how in between spaces and “joint” spaces are created.
Different types of masses are affected by the macro site scale to face important leisure centres in Sydney
Sectional Experiences
Sectional Details
Stage One, The Exposition itself showcases housing and academies to test the best outcome of the projects. Stage Two, The Infection. The staging of the exhibition intrudes the main volumes and creates a scaffolding and testing ground of the varieties of typologies. Stage Three, The Inhabitation. The spaces of volumes get inhabited with the ideology of degrowth in housing and educational centre. It becomes a playground of degrowth for the bodies.
System Diagram and Program Diagrams
Grid tectonic structure undulates according to the ground condition to enhance the connectivity of the site vertically not just horizontally from the entrances. It concatenates the programs and celebrates the display zones that are happening at the main circulation. As Stage 2, it starts to show where scaffoldings are happening that the “chosen” project from the displays gets built in 1 to 1 scale to experience the building.

Housing of Degrowth era is pivotal in this vision. Materialisation, individualism, commodification and nuclear family structure have been affecting the domestic landscape from industrialisation. It affected to become privatised, bigger and more. By re-approaching the ideologies of public and private, it creates a harmonious environment for the people.. From ancient Roman, Cubiculum can be described as a bedroom, catacomb and a chapel that expresses a conflicting notion of private and public. Approaching this ideology of blurring of the private and public in domestic landscape, it creates the notion of coexist of different households within the space. The spatial organisation of the “infection” creates curiosity to the public to celebrate the new typology of the Degrowth residential architecture. 

The Museum of Growth criticises the past of growth. It reveals the failures of the society of commodification, privatisation, capitalism and atomisation. The exhibition is covered up with capitalism that monetary value controls everything, even the exhibition itself. The objects inside will only operate when the specific value is inserted.

Academy initiates the world of Degrowth to the general public. As the exposition sits on the time frame of growth and Degrowth, it showcases the world of collaboration. It escapes from the individualism of study, atomisation of commodification through lockers and tables. It brings back the urban typology of ancient Greek, Agora. Space accommodates expressing the ideologies of individuals to the public, sharing and debating knowledge, escaping from a linear relationship between the teacher and student. The space juxtaposes the previous notion and the new Degrowth idea to implicate the failure of the past.

The juxtaposition of tectonic and sterotonic structures differntiate the main display area of “typological shop front” and the infected pavilions to illustrate events when this expo ends and gets inhabited.
Physical Model using CNC, 3D Printing and Laser Cutting Methods
Promenade of Typological Shop-front of Degrowth Society
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