We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

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The shape of things to come: new forms of digital craft in architecture

29 October
Accessible Toilet

David Leggett, Paul Loh, Roland Snooks and Maitiú Ward

Digital tools have dramatically transformed the way we design our buildings. But while computer aided drafting (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) are industry-wide standards, for the most part construction itself still takes place with tools and that would have been familiar to your average builder at the turn of last century.

Advances in robotics and ‘file-to-factory’ production that were previously the preserve of the aeronautics or advanced manufacturing industries, however, are now finding application in construction-and not just for ‘iconic’ arts and civic buildings, but in private domestic architecture right here in Australia.

As these robot builders begin to make their presence felt, new possibilities are emerging for highly expressive architectural forms beyond the wildest imaginings of even the most accomplished master craftsperson.

In this event, several local architects at the forefront of this burgeoning mode of design and construction present a selection of their recent built work, and discuss what the implications might be for how we understand and interpret architecture.

A discussion with several architects at the forefront of digital design technology & the implications on our understanding of architecture & construction.

To be considered:
how might a robot-made building relate to our traditional understanding of craft and the value of ‘the makers mark’?
Where might craftspersonship reside in a predominantly digital process?
Does this new mode of construction and design bring with it an inherent new formal language or ‘tectonic’?
Could a robot have its own form of ‘expression’?
How do these construction techniques change the way we approach architectural design, and might they even detract from its humanity?

Image: Paul Lo


35 Johnston Street
Collingwood Yards
Collingwood, 3066


At level, no-step, access to the courtyard is via entrance 35A Johnston Street and 30A Perry Street. Both paths have sections with even cobblestone paving . You can also gain access to the courtyard from entrances 35B and 35C Johnston Street and 30B Perry Street via the taking the Perry Street Lift to Level UG. Best paths of access are marked on this map.

The central shaded portion of the courtyard is a gravel surface. The surrounding area is paved and wheelchair accessible, however shade and cover is limited.

The closest accessible toilets can be found off the service corridor inside Level UG of the Perry Street Building. These toilets are fitted with grab rails.



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