No More Modular Man!

Carriageworks workshop, Saturday 11 November 2017.

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Who decided how wide to make a door, or how long a mattress should be? Throughout history, from DaVinci’s 1490 Vitruvian Man to Le Corbusier’s 1940s Modular, designers have sought to invent a universal template for measurement. Sadly, the result of such efforts - combined with the dictates of mass-production and bureaucratic codes - was not creative freedom but collective slavery. Today’s architecture is dominated by standard components, typical dimensions and rules-of-thumb. While no two humans are exactly alike, our homes are all now more-or-less the same.

Boasting copious bedrooms, identical floorplans and interchangeable facades, the suburban McMansion is the most successful example of architectural mass-production we’ve ever seen. And nowhere has the McMansion been more popular than in Australia, where average new homes are the largest in the world. It is little coincidence that Australian housing is becoming increasingly unattainable, with Sydney recently ranked as the world’s second least-affordable city.

Could we break the hegemony of expensive and overly large houses by rejecting the Modular? What would a home tailor-made to the individual look like? And when it comes to living space, just how small is too small? Anticipating a near future of individual customisation, the No More Modular Man workshop invites participants to design full-scale micro homes based on their own unique bodies, and not some generic template.

This workshop will be lead by Other Architects directors Grace Mortlock and David Neustein, experts in imagining efficient and unorthodox housing possibilities. Participants are not expected to have prior architectural training but should have creative tendencies and a general interest in design.

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