The studio followed a ‘transition design’ approach to develop strategies for temporary and permanent activations of the urban realm. The site was in Victoria Harbour at the Western part of Melbourne's CBD where Collins and Bourke Street meet near the water. While 5,000 more residents and 15,000 more workers are expected on site by 2025, some work remains to be done to instil a sense of community in this new neighbourhood.

The studio occupied a vacant retail space in the precinct and through a series of community-based workshops developed interpretations and design concepts that illuminated the social, environmental and aesthetic issues related to the area. Ultimately these studies informed the design of an entire city block and streetscape in an actual urban setting.

Ollie Cotsaftis

RMIT University
School of Design

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