critic: Vivian MITSOGIANNI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Cameron NEWNHAM: This project explores hypothetical and speculative learning environments—specifically a design campus for RMIT University, although the ideas are universal. It is a given that there may be a necessary leap of faith in understanding the project(s), but they display in a physical manner what has recently been theorised, and extend upon many of the ideas. It is intended that through these works the ideas are pushed to the extreme—to understand the potential—even if a lesser variant may be more functional.
Consider a learning environment where the traditional wall is removed. An open plan, but a distorted one, where the circulation space is expanded from the average 40% to 100%. All circulation suddenly becomes no circulation and everything is everywhere. Visual and audible connection between spaces encourages passive involvement while the interlocking of exterior and interior interlocks the public and private relationship.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CN: Vivian Mitsogianni, John Doyle, and Donald Bates.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CN: Listening to Gypsy Jazz; watching Firefly and Game of Thrones.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
CN: Gwyll Jahn, Roland Snooks, Paul Minifie, Ezio Blasetti, Alisa Andrasek, Dave Pigram & Wes McGee, Johannes Braumann & Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Luis Quinones.