Author Archives: Peter Charles

Palmer Street Addition Darlinghurst Sydney



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Located in an extremely dense part of Sydney, Darlinghurst, this project with a width of only 3.7m high seeks to provide a new interface with the rear-lane for a seperate entrance, maximise the footprint, whilst negotiating its taller neighbours, doing this strategically with a small Courtyard Void.Sullivan&Charles Palmer Street_Context Axo_02Sullivan&Charles Palmer Street_Location Plan

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S1-15 Pavlova Studio RMIT Exhibition at DesignHub

Some fun images of exhibition opening of Foundation Studio – Pavlova, at RMIT DesignHub Melbourne.

All photos copyright of photographer Jonathon Griggs of House of Blah.

Stream ran by Peter Charles, Semester 1 2015.

With special thanks to Tutors: Ed Carter, Sean Mcmahon, Tina Attic, Patrick Macasaet, Jack Ryan, Paul van Herk, communications co-ordinator Amy Muir, 1st year co-ordinator Michael Spooner and previous leaders Roland Snooks & Gwyll Jahn.

Briefing for Michael Short of The Age “How not to stuff up Fishermans Bend”

Peter provided some briefing tips to Journalist Michael Short, Editor of The Zone on Fishermans Bend, which is a key interest as part of Phd Reasearch.


Lucy Irvine Sculpture in Docklands



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Nhap Luu Meditation Centre – Visitors Accommodation

Nhap Luu is a Zen Buddhist Mediation Retreat.

Nhap Luu is the Australian home of the Plum Village a buddhist community founded by renowned Vietnamese spiritual leader and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.

Located In Beaufort in Western Victoria, the retreat currently only has the facilities to accommodate a handful of nuns and monks at one time.  The community is growing so a Dormitory has been planned to accommodate visiting public as well as more visiting monks.

Due to the remote location and the limitations of Budget. A Simple building design has been proposed that is able to expand as the community does.






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Foundation Studio RMIT 2015_Pavlova

Synesthesia Project by Hoi Fung (Jason) Tam Celestine & Anne (Jingtong) Zhao

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Pavlova Studio looks at generative algorithms and rulesets that form unexpected results.
Students are encouraged to take risk and to delay their latent desire to control outcomes through, but to explore
They must manage top-down strategic decision making processes as a curatorial methodology in combination with tactical responses to adjusting
components and the rulesets that order their compositions.

In this framework, the intent is to seek new relational frameworks for interventions aid in the critique of the context of the site,
which was the whitebox-gallery of the Lyons House museum.

Projects were also critiqued through lenses outside of the generative outputs, such as effects induced by introducing
performative, relational qualities and fictional filters
in the attempt to not make these not additive layers, but setting up a relational framework for design that
enhances a critical response to context and human behaviour.

This is an integral ecology of design process.

Students do the project in an intense 5 week cycle.
Students undertaking the project in their 3rd cycle also look at tectonics and material behaviour associated with executing their projects
at 1:1 scale using methods such as folding, casting & draping.

Peters Phd Research

Reconciling Metabolism: Negotiating systems of stasis and change
This study seeks to find more robust urban interventions that combine an understanding of ecology and economics to shape city growth through organization of voids.
Digital analyses of data and projective scripting of scenarios will be used to spatialise and reconceptualise productive models of growth.

Field Diagram

Field Diagram

The field diagram outlines 3 major fields of Metabolism, Void Metabolism, and Landscape Urbanism and a range of studies using Digital tools that the study sits in the context of.
The diagram does not privilege any project, but is a study of the connective tissue that links certain projects that share common themes or strategies. The study will sit in the potential space between these fields in uncharted territory or combinations.

From the Air and from the Ground

The thematics of Growth & Void are tested through the repertoire of bottom-up tactical approaches, and broader strategic developed, and are projected onto the site of Fishermans Bend.
The obvious clash of a blind strategic approach with the existing context indicates the need for either administrative interventions such as compulsory land acquisition or local level tactics from the ground.


Urban Layers

Urban Layers is a flattening of topographic, geographic and economic values, brought into relation on a sample site.
Different layers can be given stronger weights to privilege certain value systems, and the combined results observed for potential settlement and mobility patterns from the interaction of the forces.


Void Tactics

These void studies attempt to translate economic parameters into strategies to preserve or project void tactics at a block level onto existing ownership morphology.
The tactics can then be projected over the entire site, and potential connections established.


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Henley Square Competition

This competition entry focussed on forging a new coastline for an Adelaide suburban beach, to bring built form in closer proximity to the beach
in order to create greater potential for public activity and commerce to co-exist, and create a sense of enclosure and shade much needed in this
unusually sparce normality, with the intent of breaking the monotonous straight lined beach typology of suburban Adelaide.
The jetty, once a thriving hub of activity, a pool and a new public building, in addition the existing city blocks provide the figure for which the
landscape reacts against.

Sullivan and Charles Architects Henley Square Competition Entry