Sanditecture: Curtin students’ amazing sand structures!

Sanditecture: Curtin students’ amazing sand structures!


>Ana Calic: The event Sanditecture involving
first year architecture and interior architecture students. They are working in teams of five
to recreate famous buildings and produce sand sculptures. The students were given a famous
archtectural building, they were analysing that building and identifying what makes that
building unique. So looking at volume, form, texture, symmetry and a whole lot of architectural
elements. They then took those elements and designed an abstracted form and it’s that
form that they are now sculpting out of sand. In preparation they have had a few studio
workshops as well as a workshop with Tim Darby from Sand Sculpture WA, and he was teaching
them various techniques, how to sculpt and to do the pound up and so on. The challenges for the students I feel are
overcoming the fears of first year, in general basically. So their first design studio, they
were out here on the grass getting to know each other, interacting and I think that can
be quite confronting, and it’s great to see they’ve come such a long way in just the past
two weeks, they’re pretty much all best friends, working together and designing together which
is a really important quality.>Tim Darby: It’s a manual skill, it’s like
old school pallet knives and hammers and they’re working in an industry which is all about
computers and images.>Student: I think it’s very different. I didn’t expect
it to be as different as other people’s. Everyone has been saying that it’s very original and
unique and very Australian, and people have actually been like ‘Oh is that Sydney Opera
House?’ and we’re like ‘Yes!’ So we know we did something right because people actually have
guessed our original building right.>Ana Calic: Sanditecture has been a fantastic
kickstart for these first year students into the world of design and the world for architecture
and interior architecture. The skills that they’ve been developing in concept design,
model making, skills that will be benificial for the next four, five years of their degree.

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