Future architects on show, bringing design with a social conscience


Innovative architecture to combat loneliness, promote tourism, blend in with changing landscapes, and more will be showcased at a special public exhibition from Deakin University’s graduating architecture students in Melbourne and Geelong this month.

Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment will hold its annual student exhibition at Federation Square from 5 to 9 November, before moving to the gallery at Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront Campus from 13 to 23 November.

Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment Professor Anthony Mills said this year’s exhibition curated exceptional work from undergraduate and masters students, including drawings, models and folios.

“The PaperSpace exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see the exciting work of up and coming architects whose innovative ideas may play a pivotal role in designing our future built environment,” Professor Mills said.

Masters of Architecture student Melisa Santos is behind ‘The Five Faces of Loneliness’ a project exploring how architecture can help combat loneliness.

“Using an existing aged care facility in Melbourne’s north east, this project aims to incorporate intergenerational programs for children and older adults to promote social interaction between the most lonely. This cohousing village would provide short-term care for children in out of home care, and a permanent home for new retirees,” Melisa said.

“I want the type of buildings I design to have a bigger social impact than just looking beautiful. With this project I’ve identified five different triggers of loneliness and incorporated architectural elements and shared spaces to address these and encourage community and fellowship.”

Fellow student, Charith Siriwardana, has designed a redevelopment of Lake Colac, in Victoria’s west, which includes a pool within the lake, a cable wakeboarding park, and redesign of the yacht club with an added function room and restaurant.

“I relocated to Colac for work a year ago, moved right by the lake and fell in love with it,” Charith said.

“It’s a really beautiful natural landscape, but there’s not a lot of architecture or design around the lake to help connect it with locals and visitors. I wanted to explore how architecture could reactivate a regional community because there is a huge opportunity since thousands of people pass Colac on the way to Great Ocean Road, and I’ve already shared my plans with the local mayor.”

For more information about the PaperSpace exhibitions, visit www.facebook.com/paperspace.exhibition

WHAT: PaperSpace – Melbourne
WHEN: 5 to 9 November 2018
WHERE: The Atrium, Federation Square

WHAT: PaperSpace – Geelong
WHEN: 13 to 23 November 2018
WHERE: A+B Gallery, Deakin Waterfront Campus