Avebury St

Smith, Cathy and Dixon, Matthew, , West End, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2008.

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Designer Smith, Cathy
Dixon, Matthew
Project name Avebury St
Location West End, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Project description Brief: architectural maintenance, renovations and installations at inner-city residence.

Description: This collaborative project evolved over nearly a decade as an experiment in DIY architecture and architectural maintenance. Although the resident-designers have professional qualifications in design, the project did not adhere to the conventions of building procurement associated with professional, commercial design practice. Instead of developing the design through drawings prior to building construction and occupation, the project evolved on site through the blurring of designing, making and inhabitation. The roles of builder, building inhabitant and designer were interchangeable, so that neighbors, friends and visitors could contribute design ideas and labor. Building qualities were altered through acts of building maintenance, interior decoration, and garden maintenance, rather than substantial structural alteration. Due to the evolutionary nature of the work, projects were sometimes discarded or demolished as life circumstances changed. Work was also improvised on site using found, recycled and repurposed materials. Other than rough sketches, most of the drawings, including plans and sections were produced after significant projects were completed, to document the project at a particular moment in time. The project became a case study within Cathy Smith’s research masters’ thesis.
Project start date 2000
Date of completion 2008
Place published Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Total pages 3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Subject 310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
120101 Architectural Design
Keyword Original Creative Works - Design/Architectural work

Document type: Design
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Created: Wed, 28 Jan 2009, 19:55:00 EST by Ms Catherine Smith on behalf of School of Architecture