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Circular Pavilion Plan

If everything was, would anything be?” seeks to question the clear distinction and hierarchy between what is and is not heritage within the City of Fremantle. It aims to do this by blurring the identifiable heritage qualities by introducing material elements within the urban landscape.

The project began by mapping the various heritage overlays within the city to identify what areas are important to what groups. Through mapping these heritage overlays, it was found that the Princess May Reserve was isolated within the heritage zoning of Fremantle. I then explored Adelaide St as a possible connector between the heritage of Fremantle. A matrix drawing was constructed to explore the street conditions along Adelaide Street, specifically looking at the differences and similarities between the different zoning. This study revealed that the heritage zones along Adelaide Street look at the singular historical monument, the facade, and its impact on the streetscape, while the non-heritage zones explore the multiplicities of place.

This idea of the singular monument led me to Aldo Rossi’s Theory of Permanence”. I question Rossi’s distinction between the two monument types, pathological and propelling, within the city, proposing that many artefacts exist in a flux condition between his two states. Interested in these flux conditions, I explored how the act of care could help bridge and blur the distinction between what is and is not heritage. The proposal sought to dismantle elements of limestone heritage within Fremantle, documenting them and displacing them within the city, simultaneously introducing new heritage’ elements of raw materials extracted from the surrounding quarries in Greater Perth.

This ambition for the project was integrated into the project brief of creating a plan for the Princess May Reserve. The brief required a flexible art space for the client onsite, DADDA. DADDA provides art space and programmes to people with a disability and mental illnesses. The proposal takes the form of a circular mesh pavilion in which deciduous plants grow. The pavilion helps promote a sense of care through the act of maintenance. The leaves that shed from the pavilion are cleared up and used to form a universally accessible vertical planter garden wall that wraps the services area. Through this maintenance ritual, the project seeks to help people engage with the park, bridging the park’s isolated condition within Fremantle’s heritage zoning and promoting care for both heritage and non-heritage artefacts within the city.

The project sought to understand the systems and specific context involved in maintaining a park and design a project that achieves beyond the requirements of the initial brief.

WA Quarries
Flux Diagram
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Fisherman on Chew Jetties.

This project was undertaken as part of an elective subject in the final year of the Bachelor of Architectural Design degree at The University of Queensland (UQ). The course was condensed into a two week trip across Singapore and Malaysia with the main research component taking place in the UNESCO listed city of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The course focussed around the idea of place making exploring the tangible, intangible and sub-tangible influences on a place.

Travelling through Singapore and Malaysia I was interested in people’s connection to objects. The apparent juxtaposition between the sentimentality as a foreigner and the banality as a native. In Penang we visited Mr Tan Yeow Wooi, a conservation architect. Mr Tan showed a movie he had made about a family having to move from their house due to the removal of rent control after the heritage listing of George Town by UNESCO making rent prices skyrocket to approximately 500% the original rental prices. In the film the family is clearly distressed, unsure about their future and a sadness to leave their family home. The film exemplified our connection to the objects and spaces we inhabit and the memories they can evoke.

Travelling through Singapore and Malaysia I was interested in people’s connection to objects. The apparent juxtaposition between the sentimentality as a foreigner and the banality as a native. In Penang we visited Mr Tan Yeow Wooi, a conservation architect. Mr Tan showed a movie he had made about a family having to move from their house due to the removal of rent control after the heritage listing of George Town by UNESCO making rent prices skyrocket to approximately 500% the original rental prices. In the film the family is clearly distressed, unsure about their future and a sadness to leave their family home. The film exemplified our connection to the objects and spaces we inhabit and the memories they can evoke.

This interest formed conversations, documenting each individual and their object that sparked the conversation and their association with it. This formed a framework that drove the project resulting in the observational research project, Small Interactions.

As a visitor we seek something different. We see something foreign and we associate meaning - a meaning vastly different from that we would assume at home. We associate our own message to the objects we buy, the people we see and places we visit. We infer from our own thoughts and ideas about a place and culture to create an impression of a place. However, without listening we ignore the people and their stories. The story of the fisherman who did not catch anything on the Jetty that day. The story of the Joss Stick maker’s son who feels a responsibility to care for his ageing father. The story of the lady taking shelter in the shade who makes a joke to her friend after I take her photo. These small interactions weren’t planned or forced - they just happened.

The interaction of people’s stories, culture and ideologies are key for a place to thrive.

This project explores my interactions through the stories people have using their objects as a basis for conversation. It acknowledges the constraint of time and place.

Calendar Collage
Chew Jetty Fishing