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Christiane Partl 'Fuse (future urban social environments)' - Student Scheme

Name: Christiane Partl

Project: Fuse (future urban social environments)


Fuse (future urban social environments) explores the integration of art, science, technology and sustainability. Transforming the site of La Perouse and Bare Island into a dynamic realm, a place for collaboration, open discussions and spontaneous meetings - a sort of living room for the city. The underlying research based agenda, aims to encourage the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking visions. Fuse challenges how people relate to cities and public spaces, as well as natural and digital environments of today.

The project combines a variety of different programs that all work together creating a hybrid environment. The cable station houses a digital library with interactive data storage elements and various social gathering spaces along with a cafe. The Bare Island Fort is transformed into a synergy of creative spaces including studios and a public gallery walkway, together with ecological research facilities and a biomorphic architectural algae canopy. Ultimately creating a place for the communication and exploration of information through different views and mediums.


Describe the mood of your project in 3 words

Collaborative, organic, futuristic


How did your research underpin the essence of your scheme?

Research formed the basis of my scheme by allowing me to gain a holistic understanding of the many facets that feed into the overall workings of the project. It encouraged me to think more broadly about where the project would sit in its larger context as well as resolving the finer detail needed to address these issues. Speaking with a variety of artists and scientists gave me greater insight into their respective fields as well as feedback on how the proposal would work practically. Understanding the effects of cross-disciplinary human interaction and technology networking and how this can subsequently improve the capacity of relationships between people and their environment locally and globally played a critical role in the overall development of my scheme.


What is your favourite element of your scheme?

My favourite element of this scheme is the way technology plays a new role within the interior both in the way spaces are used and how it has enabled the creation of complex sculpted forms. This is combined with the exploration of sustainable architecture through an undulating algae cultivating canopy structure acting as an air filter to its largely industrial surrounds.


Biggest challenge you faced in the development of your scheme so far (and how you overcame this)

The biggest challenge I faced was understanding how to formulate a method to parametrically model, through a sequence of mathematical algorithms, the multiplex forms I had envisaged.



The Interior Architecture Graduation Exhibition ‘P r-sp k t vs ’ will be on display in the Red Centre Gallery, UNSW Kensington Campus, from the 20-26th November, with the opening night on Thursday 20th November from 6pm-11pm.


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