NextGen Housing M.Arch Course

Affordable Housing. In development. Planned to run throughout Semester 1, from late Feb 2010 at UTS and RMIT SIAL.


The two universities, UTS and RMIT, offer unparalled expertise that spans the extended nature of an “extended” multidisciplinary team. Advanced affordable designs can be developed that break with the mould of those offered by traditional design teams. The work can offer competitive advantage through integration of the multiple factors of quality, architecture, technology and future thinking.

NextGen originated from a number of discussions between Tom Barker and Mark Burry in 2008/9. Professor Mark Burry heads up the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University in Melbourne. He has many years’ experience in architectural innovation and will play a key role in the Linkage grant work.

SIAL at RMIT will also join UTS to run the graduate student project, providong a unique opportunity to get the best thinking from two leading universities.


Tom Barker, Professor of Architecture, Design & Innovation, UTS
Mark Burry, Professor of Innovation and Director of Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), and Director of University’s Design Institute, RMIT
Adam Russell of Draw: UTS researcher and former associate of Frank Stanisic
Tarsha Finney: lecturer and visiting fellow, UTS
Adrian Lahoud, senior lecturer, UTS
Ben Derbyshire of HTA: UK specialists in affordable housing and urban community development

Guest for peer reviews/lectures/workshops: under discussion with several leading architects and experts.

D-Cloud Elective

An outdoor responsive environment for Toronto lighting festival in July 2010. In development. Planned to run as a short elective for 7 weeks in the first half of semester 1, from late Feb 2010.


Tom Barker, Professor of Architecture, Design & Innovation, UTS
Dr Hank Haeusler, UTS

Esemplastic Multidisciplinary Elective

BA+MArch Elective at DAB
Site-wide urban media space strategies + designs for the new UTS campus
23 February – 27 April 2009

See the work at:-

Tom Barker, Professor of Architecture, Design & Innovation, UTS
Dr Hank Haeusler, UTS

This special module was offered across the whole faculty as a collaborative project, open to Architecture Masters students, and to 3rd year undergraduates in the Departments of Visual Communication, Industrial Design, and the Built Environment.

The Elective called for a red hot assembly of mixed student disciplines to grab the existing and proposed UTS campus by the scruff of its neck and inject a kaleidoscopic serum of urban media into its veins. The elective swept its way through strategic methods, planning and policy, urban architecture, products, public engagement, revenue models, marketing and events, information and communication, local and global presence, physical-digital hybrids and other diverse technologies.

The aim was to prepare DAB students for real relevance on the broader urban digital stage, in which the understanding and manipulation of the macro-micro (strategy and detail) is a critical element in the process of building real influence, setting agendas and making change of value outside the traditional architectural, design and building discourse. The elective worked at the boundaries of future architectures and urbanism, product and communications, and this workshop encouraged students to engage with the full range of urban influencers and drivers to make a proactive contribution through creative ideas and practice.

Esemplastic Activism Elective, Design Research Lab (M.Arch) Architectural Association

26 January - 4 February 2009
Tom Barker, Professor of Architecture, Design & Innovation, UTS

Esemplastic: having the power to shape disparate things into a unified whole
Activism: controversial action to bring about social, cultural or political change

The DRL agenda takes a radical design approach in terms of progress, innovation and experimentation in architecture. This workshop looks at the implications and opportunities for extending this approach into actual contextual project domains through the use agenda-based methods to advocate radical design-driven outcomes. Most innovative built work is conceived and executed as a design-led process. But the successful visionaries behind these works have invariably had to be successful as activists, advocates, campaigners – not just in terms of politics, culture and society, but also materials and technology, processes and cost, timescales and risk.

Working was in teams. After an introductory lecture and briefing, the teams were in competition with each other to develop the case for Creative Industry design proposals for London’s disused Battersea Power Station. The final presentations will be reviewed by a ‘committee of experts’ and ranked according to success in the criteria put forward by each team. Only one team could win.

The work will be followed up later in 2009 with presentations to the London Mayor’s Office.