“How virtual becomes real” 2018

“How virtual becomes real” 2018

“How virtual becomes real” 2018

The 8th edition of “How virtual becomes real” continued the research into the applications of form-resistant structures. The virtual and the real were synthesised by means of both physical form-finding and numerical/digital models.

The studio began dedicating five weeks to experimental and numerical form-finding techniques (on elastic gridshells, concrete shells and tensile structures). The students were also exposed to different fabrication methods through the reconstruction of selected case studies. It’s worth mentioning that these fabrication exercises were only meant to stimulate the students to develop a critical approach towards model making. They were also conceived to highlight potential similarities between model making and actual construction techniques, bearing in mind that a certain degree of speculation and discrepancy between the two things is inevitable.


In week 6, the students were given the following design brief: “Your client has acquired the iconic Phillip Island House by Denton Corker Marshall (293 Watts Rd, Ventnor VIC 3922 – 38°30’33.7″S, 145°10’02.7″E), with the intention of adapting the site and existing residence into a Wellness Centre”. Obviously, the design for the new Wellness Centre had to include a form-resistant structure.

In week 14, it’s time for the moderation of grades. Here’s a selection of our studio work that was displayed during the final moderation session.


The Clyde Hotel is a great location for the final drinks and the classic end-of-the-semester picture! Actually, I have a name for this photo: “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Teaching/Learning” (obviously, this isn’t mine; I’m paraphrasing Erin Meyer).


Studio Leaders: Alberto Pugnale and Atreyu De Lacy