project (vic)toria

Architectural Association Visiting School
4th - 15th of July Melbourne 2022
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“A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out hope for humanity” - Oscar Wilde

Project Toria is a research and design lab that speculates about the future of the State of Victoria in Australia.

What will the future look like? How will we be Living? Working? Building? Eating? Consuming?

From places, people and produce the AA Visiting School Melbourne will focus it’s lens on the State of Victoria, we will speculate beyond the restrictions of yesterday to unleash the potential of creative visions of tomorrow.

The subject will be an intensive 2-week Laboratory hosted at the Melbourne School of Design and will re-imagine what Victoria will look and feel like. It will introduce students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolsets, workflows and frameworks. We will undertake deep local research, immersive analysis and intensive design sessions to produce a collection of inspiring work that explores how living, mobility, energy, material and food can be re-imagined in creative and unique ways; from autonomous infrastructures, territorial landscapes, robotic fabrication, crypto banks, hydro powered carbon extractors, circular urban farms to a city to house 22 million - it will be a test-bed for the future.

Instead of policies we seek artistic visions or propositions to highlight important catalysts for fundamental change that are radically shaping our notions of life. We intend to zoom into architecture through the lenses of today’s culture and will share our visions of what is to come next.

Project Toria sets out to explore the realms where Architecture is a vehicle for thinking. We will bring a diversity of people, professions and thinkers that will discuss, debate and visually inspire what lies ahead.

Will you join us on this mission?