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URBAN ARCHITECTURE LABORATORY PUBLIC LECTURE
Matchpoint Innsbruck
BART LOOTSMA

Like Melbourne, Innsbruck is a city in which sports play an important role. Matchpoint Innsbruck investigates the way sports play a role in the development of the city both in the development of the city and its economics as in its everyday life and use.

Venue: RMIT Building 8, Level 11, Room 68 (Lecture Theatre), Swanston Street, Melbourne
Times: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Supported by RMIT Design Research Institute

This lecture by Bart Lootsma is associated with the Matchpoint Innsbruck workshop collaboration joint initiative between the RMIT Urban Architecture Laboratory (RMIT Architecture Program) and University of Innsbruck, Austria (UIBK). In March 2011 a group of RMIT Masters of Architecture students participated in a workshop which was set up as an urban research project on the contemporary urban condition of Innsbruck and focussed on the influence of contemporary sports and leisure culture (both formal and informal) on the urban environment.




Matchpoint Innsbruck Workshop

The studio workshop was hosted by:
ArchitecturalTheory.eu

Matchpoint Melbourne Website

This project built on the successful exhibition and symposium ‘Matchpoint.Melbourne’ held at RMIT as part of the State of Design Festival in 2010 (exhibition by Thomas Fusenegger, Commissioners Bart Lootsma + Nigel Bertram, a joint project between University of Innsbruck + RMIT Urban Architecture Laboratory). This project studied the relationships between large-scale sporting events and the many informally-organised social sports activities and their manifestations in the urban environment of Melbourne. It received wide media coverage and was a leading component of the State of Design exhibition program.




Bart Lootsma is a historian, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is a Professor for Architectural Theory at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck and Guest Professor for Architecture, European Urbanity and Globalization at the University of Luxemburg. He has been Head of Scientific Research at the ETH Zürich, Studio Basel, and was a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna; at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg; at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam.

Bart was guest curator of ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans and he was an editor of ao. Forum, de Architect, ARCHIS, ARCH+, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Daidalos, DOMUS and GAM. Bart Lootsma has published numerous books and magazine articles and together with Dick Rijken he published the book‚ ‘Media and Architecture’ (VPRO/Berlage Institute, 1998). His book ‘SuperDutch’, on contemporary architecture in the Netherlands, was published by Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, DVA and SUN in the year 2000; ‘ArchiLab 2004 The Naked City’ by HYX in Orléans in 2004. He is Board Member of architektur und tirol in Innsbruck and reserve-member of the Council for Architectural Culture at the Cabinet of the Austrian Prime Minister in Vienna.

Contact: Dr. Vivian Mitsogianni, +61 3 9925 3510






URBAN ARCHITECTURE LABORATORY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Matchpoint Innsbruck Workshop
joint initiative between the RMIT Urban Architecture Laboratory (RMIT Architecture Program) and University of Innsbruck, Austria (UIBK).
March 2011

Workshop Leaders:
Bart Lootsma, Bettina Schlorhaufer
, Erik Sidoroff and Thomas Fussenegger, University of Innsbruck, Austria (UIBK)
Nigel Bertram and Marika Neustupny, RMIT University, RMIT Architecture Urban Architecture Laboratory

The studio was hosted by:
ArchitecturalTheory.eu

A group of RMIT Masters of Architecture (Professional) students participated in a design workshop held in Innsbruch which was set up as an urban research project on the contemporary urban condition of Innsbruck and focussed on the influence of contemporary sports and leisure culture (both formal and informal) on the urban environment.

http://www.matchpointmelbourne.com

Matchpoint Innsbruch Workshop Pdf




RMIT Architecture Urban Architecture Laboratory &
AIBK Faculty of Architecture, Leopold-Franzens Universitat Innsbruck, Austria
present:

STATE OF DESIGN PUBLIC LECTURES
Matchpoint.Melbourne

BART LOOTSMA, Universitat Innsbruck
"Black Holes in the Megalopolis"
&
FRIEDRICH VAN BORRIES, College of Fine Arts, Hamburg.
Director: Friedrich von Borries Architects, Berlin
"Nike-urbanism in Berlin"

Lecture Time: 6pm, Friday, July 16, 2010. Drinks @ 5.30pm
Lecture Venue: RMIT Building 8, Level 11, Room 8.11.68
Convenors: Nigel Bertam & Thomas Fussenegger
Free public lectures. All welcome.




PUBLIC LECTURE
Bart Lootsma, Leopold-Franzens Universitat Innsbruck
"Black Holes in the Megalopolis"

For better or for worse, in all its fragmentation, Houston is also a city that may give us some indications of how in the future megalopolises could become more than the sum of their parts. Houston, more than other megalopolises, is the birthplace of some spectacular new forms of collective life. The success of these new forms of collective life depends on a symbiosis between live and televised audiences. The buildings accommodating this new collective life are basically enormous halls that can accommodate events from baseball to football, from Wrestlemania to rock concerts and from demolition derby’s to religious masses and victims of a hurricane. They exist in other megalopolises as well.

See related video archive:
Bart Lootsma, Urban Driftwood and Black Holes, Keynote Lecture, Future of Urbanism Conference, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, March 19-20, 2010




PUBLIC LECTURE
Friedrich von Borries, College of Fine Arts, Hamburg
Director: Friedrich von Borries Architects, Berlin
"Nike-urbanism in Berlin"

Friedrich von Borries' recent book "Who’s afraid of Niketown?: Nike-urbanism, Branding and the City of Tomorrow" illustrates the way Nike is transforming urban space into a new brand city. Nike has developed new marketing strategies during the last years which focus on the temporary transformation of urban space into brand-specific sites of experience. By looking at Nike’s strategies of urban interventions, this publication investigates the role that branding and marketing strategies will have on the city of the future as well as the responsibilities architects involved in the projects will have. This book analyses concrete examples and also undertakes speculative excursions into future implications. Friedrich von Borries will discuss the frindings of this urban research project and present related projects from his practice in Berlin.


Speaker Bios:




BART LOOTSMA is a historian, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is a Professor for Architectural Theory at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck and Guest Professor for Architecture, European Urbanity and Globalization at the University of Luxemburg. Before, he was Head of Scientific Research at the ETH Zürich, Studio Basel, and he was a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna; at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg; at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He held numerous seminars and lectured at different academies for architecture and art in the Netherlands. He was guest curator of ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans and he was an editor of ao. Forum, de Architect, ARCHIS and GAM. Bart Lootsma published numerous articles in magazines and books. Together with Dick Rijken he published the book 'Media and Architecture' (VPRO/Berlage Institute, 1998). His book ‘SuperDutch’, on contemprary architecture in the Netherlands, was published by Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, DVA and SUN in the year 2000; ‘ArchiLab 2004 The Naked City’ by HYX in Orléans in 2004.




FRIEDRICH VAN BORRIES is Professor of design theory and curatorial practice at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. He has taught at several universities in Germany, including the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and he also was a visiting researcher at ETH Zurich and MIT. In 2008 he was appointed the General Commissioner for the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In Berlin, he directs the Practice Friedrich von Borries. He is author of the book: Who’s afraid of Niketown?: Nike-urbanism, Branding and the City of Tomorrow, Rotterdam: Episode Publishers, 2004


For further information contact:
Curator & Project Author - Matchpoint.Melbourne:
Thomas Fussenegger, Universitat Innesbruck
E: info@matchpointmelbourne.com
M: 0410 271 120


These Matchpoint.Melbourne events are being held as part of:









RMIT Architecture Urban Architecture Laboratory &
AIBK Faculty of Architecture, Leopold-Franzens Universitat Innsbruck, Austria
present:

STATE OF DESIGN EXHIBITION + SYMPOSIUM + PUBLIC LECTURES
Matchpoint.Melbourne
An urban research and design project that investigates how our everyday social sports could help to meet local and global challenges of urban design. Presented as an exhibition and public symposium at the ‘State of Design’ festival 2010.

July 1-18      Exhibition, open daily 5-8pm
July 15         Symposium, 3-7pm
July 15         Public Party 7.30pm
                   Venue: RMIT Building 45, 33 Lygon Street (opp Trades Hall)

July 16         Public Lectures, 6-8 pm, Bart Lootsma, Friedrich von Borries,
                   Lecture Venue: RMIT Building 8, Level 11, Room 8.11.68

Free public events. All welcome. See details below.



  

STATE OF DESIGN EXHIBITION
Matchpoint.Melbourne
Exhibition Opening: July 1, 2010, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: July 2–18, 2010, open daily 5-8pm, with extended events
Venue: RMIT Building 45, 33 Lygon Street (corner of Earl Street opp Trades Hall, see State of Design website for map location)

State of Design Website: Matchpoint.Melbourne

Melbourne’s major sporting events attract worldwide attention; however, social sports in the inner city are also thriving but go largely unnoticed. Matchpoint.Melbourne is an urban research and design project that suggests how the framework for our everyday sporting activities could be more consciously designed to reveal a dynamic new facet of the city’s well recognised urban culture. In this way, the project aims to connect Melbourne’s branding initiatives to projects of real social substance.




Matchpoint Melbourne Exhibition
BikePolo Demonstration

Thursday July 15
Venue: RMIT Building 45, 33 Lygon Street
Photography: Gretchen Wilkins







RMIT Architecture Urban Architecture Laboratory &
AIBK Faculty of Architecture, Leopold-Franzens Universitat Innsbruck, Austria
present:

STATE OF DESIGN SYMPOSIUM + PUBLIC PARTY
Matchpoint.Melbourne Talk
An interdisciplinary, round table discussion with representatives from urban design, architecture, cultural theory, and the social and professional worlds of sport will delve into the themes Matchpoint.Melbourne is based on. The outcomes of these events will be published in a forthcoming book through RMIT/Innsbruck University Press.

Date: July 15, 2010, 3-7pm
Venue: RMIT Building 45, 33 Lygon Street (corner of Earl Street opp Trades Hall, see State of Design website for map location)

followed by:
Bikepolo demonstration game, 7pm
Party with live music, 7:30pm

State of Design website: Matchpoint.Melbourne Talk

Symposium Moderator:
Nigel Bertram, Director, RMIT Urban Architecture Laboratory

Symposium Discussion Panel:

MELBOURNE DESIGN CULTURE
Prof. Leon van Schaik AO, RMIT Innovation chair

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN CRITIC
Prof. Bart Lootsma, University of Innsbruck

MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS
Dr. Peter Hertan, Executive Director, Sports & Recreation Victoria

SPORT, A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Andy Lee, Marketing Manager, Primus Telecom, Harmony Australia

SPORT AND DESIGN IN LOCAL CULTURE
Dr. Chris McAuliffe, Director Ian Potter Gallery; Chair for Australian Studies, Harvard University

TRENDS IN URBAN SPACE AND CITY BRANDING
Friedrich von Borries, University of Hamburg, author of ‘Who's Afraid of Niketown?: Nike-urbanism, Branding and the City of Tomorrow’
    

For further information contact:
Curator & Project Author - Matchpoint.Melbourne:
Thomas Fussenegger, Universitat Innesbruck
E: info@matchpointmelbourne.com
M: 0410 271 120






Figure 3 - Cox & Arup rectangular stadium (image courtesy of Arup).

ARTICLE BY ARCHITECTURE PHD CANDIDATE, SIAL
Sustainability and Construction Scale Additive Fabrication: Opportunities for Architecture and the Construction Industry
By James Gardiner,
PhD in Architecture candidate, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT
MicroStation Connections, ConnectPress
July 18, 2010

"A further development of the optimization process developed for the Water Cube project was made on the Rectangular Pitch Stadium in Melbourne, Australia (Figure 3). Where the optimization process identified 10 percent savings of tonnage in the roof steelwork members and an optimum roof profile. The outcome was increased material efficiency and reduced demand on natural resources. Emerging optimization techniques have an even greater potential within the construction industry especially used in concert with emerging construction techniques."







DESIGN THESIS MAJOR PROJECT
Nicholas Pratt
Lido, Design Thesis Major Project, Semester 01, 2010
RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional)
Supervisor: Nicholas Hubicki

A nod to the history of Docklands, this open air National Water Polo and recreation centre employs found historical data as a readymade footprint and expresses a motif derived from its industrial inspired truss structure. The use, adaptation and mutation of the interwar-popular typology of the Lido resolves several site specific constraints. Functioning as a wind barrier, while allowing for uninterrupted sunlight, the raised programmatic beam of the ‘Lido’ maintains Victoria Harbour Promenade’s waterside circulation. Via an aerial jetty – a girdling, partially-vegetated trafficable roof – the public can use this civic interface independently in the tradition of the ‘Sunday stroll’, without using its facilities, and taking advantage of the Yarra’s views to the city and the bay.







RMIT ARCHITECTURE STUDENT WINS HOBART 2020 OLYMPIC BID STADIUM DESIGN COMPETITION
David Foster Olympic Stadium Design Competition
Hobart 2020 Olympic Bid
competition winner:
Lindy Carolyn Hayter, RMIT Architecture Master of Architecture (professional) student

PRESS RELEASE
Introducing ... the David Foster Stadium ...
Ben Waterworth
Tasmanian Times
20.07.10
"HOBART 2020 OLYMPIC BID RELEASES FUTURISTIC DESIGN FOR MAIN STADIUM
THE HOBART ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES (HOCOG) TODAY RELEASED ITS  CONCEPT IMAGE FOR THE MAIN STADIUM FOR ITS BID TO BRING THE 32ND SUMMER OLYMPICS TO HOBART AND TASMANIA.
The stadium was designed by RMIT University student Lindy Carolyn Hayter and incorporates Hobart’s stunning mountainous terrain as well as its native flora and fauna and uses smart materials such as photo luminescent (light emitting) and various other ‘SMART’ materials to lower energy consumption significantly. Its eye-catching design and stunning construction would give Hobart an Internationally recognisable stadium and world class venue to host everything from the Opening Ceremony of an Olympic Games or Commonwealth Games to various Cultural Events and AFL Football matches."








Hobart 2020 Olympic Bid website






DESIGN THESIS MAJOR PROJECT
Yvonne Meng
Amidst the Cluster, Design Thesis Major Project, Semester 02, 2009
RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional)
Supervisors: Mel Dodd and Gretchen Wilkins

This project attempts to address the lack of public and recreation space around Brunswick’s congested Sydney Road/ Dawson Street area. The site is an underutilised council owned carpark amongst a cluster of civic and institutional buildings. There is opportunity here to create an open community hub which provides Brunswick with relief from the rest of the area. The programmes draw on the existing. They are less formalised versions of what is already there - retail becomes a market, the gallery becomes a wall, the library an archive, the gym a games pitch, and the theatre a stage. By prescribing a set of programmes, it generates critical mass for the spaces to be used. By leaving spaces flexible, it encourages other opportunistic activities.







DESIGN THESIS MAJOR PROJECT
Lauren Steller
Peoples Paddock, Design Thesis Major Project, Semester 02, 2009
RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional)
Supervisor: Peter Corrigan

North Melbourne Football Club has throughout its history found itself on the periphery of the ever-expansive corporate and professional world of the AFL. The struggle town sentimentality and toughness has preserved pride in the club but other innovative strategies have been necessary to stay on the professional field. Their current circumstance shows their willingness to embed community onto their fractured site – an incarnation that mutually benefits both the club and the local public. The proposed programs - kindergarten, toy library, community gymnasium and grandstand - contribute to daily program and event. As social capital is the currency of country football, the value in participation and belonging to place is the muse for the people’s paddock.







DESIGN THESIS MAJOR PROJECT
Scott Crowe

Drawn Together, Design Thesis Major Project, Semester 01, 2009
RMIT Master of Architecture (Professional)
Supervisors: Pia Ednie-Brown and Tim Schork

Participation in athletics has steadily declined in Australia since the Sydney Olympics. The proposed Centre for Athletics uses the existing infrastructure and physical traces of the Victoria Park site to reintroduce the sport to the community at a grass roots level. Using a design method that draws together existing heritage and infrastructure with new programmatic constraints and connections required for the future, the Centre offers both access to the world of elite athletic performance and provides a venue for all levels of competition. This project reinvigorates community interest by drawing upon the site’s rich history and collective memory and presents athletics with an opportunity to connect with the wider community and foster future athletes. A new identity is drawn.






PHD IN ARCHITECTURE - EMBEDDED PRACTICE, SIAL
Paul Nicholas, "Approaches to Interdependency: early design exploration across architectural and engineering domains", PhD in Architecture, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT, 2008, Ch 6.3, pp 213-220 (pdf file)

"This project, Rectangular Pitch Stadium (2005-2006), is a stadium designed by COX architects. My introduction to the project occurred when I was ‘invited’ to the COX office a few days before an important submission to do some emergency ‘sculpting’ of the stadium form. The geometry provided by Arup (Fig.209), specifically the falloff in the height of the bays as they progressed from the centre to the edges of the stadium, did not match the architect’s intention. There was no easy way of adjusting the engineers’ model within a few hours to meet this intention, so instead I produced a ‘fudge’ that was good enough for that stage of the project. This problem of matching the preferred structural and sculptural aspects of the stadium would remain with the project and, in the context of fabrication and rationalisation, trigger a number of investigations into how structural and formal intentions might be integrated..."





Lowerpool Design Studio, RMIT Bachelor of Architectural Design, Semester 2, 2008
Studio Leader: Dianne Peacock
Undergraduate design studio proposals for martial arts and dance studio spaces.







URBAN ARCHITECTURE LABORATORY DESIGN STUDIO
Homeless World Cup, Melbourne 2008
Upperpool Design Studio, Semester 2, 2007
Sudio Leader: Nigel Bertram, Director, Urban Architecture Laboratory, Practice: NMBW
This studio was commissioned by the Homeless World Cup, in partnership with The Big Issue and the City of Melbourne, to develop proposals for the siting and hosting of the Homeless World Cup, Melbourne 2008
Homeless World Cup - Melbourne 2008
Melbourne bid (pdf)
Wikipedia entry
partners:
Homeless World Cup
The Big Issue
City of Melbourne




Homeless World Cup, Copenhagen, 2007