PaperSpace 2016 was held from 31 October to 4 November 2016 at The Atrium Federation Square and was followed by a Geelong exhibition from 8 to 18 November in the A+B Gallery.
Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment’s annual PaperSpace student exhibition showcases outstanding work from architecture, construction management, landscape and planning undergraduate and master degree students.
Architect Michael Markham, who opened PaperSpace 2016, suggested that the work and intentions of A+B was becoming quite distinctive in an architectural world where insulated self-identity is the norm. He suggested that the work at PaperSpace 2016 should be described as “sober”, which he went on to suggest that by this he meant these works, and the authors, were “not drunk on their own ideas”. He saw the works in the exhibition demonstrating a disciplined approach to architecture, and this disciplined approach should provide the authors with some sense of the rigour and responsibility required of architecture if it is going to be of any substantial benefit to the environmental and political challenges that we face, and especially as these challenges will become more pressing, and will loom larger in the lives of these graduates as they move into the profession. He also put out thoughts that the work, and the School, exhibited the possibility and the development of an attitude to architecture that would be very conscious of identity and place, but in a manner that was not soft and weakly accepting, but rather one that was very conscious of the conditions that lead to its making. He suggested that there were indications of architecture with an identity. He suggested that a quote from the significant Japanese master, Kazuo Shinohara, that his “machine will not be international, it will have a name and nationality clearly indicated”, might begin to be applied to the endeavours of the School and the student productions.