Daniel K. Brown, Reader in Design Studio and Master's Stream Supervisor
School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
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The Architecture of Dystopia
The word dystopia derives from ancient Greek for “bad, hard” and “place, landscape”. This research stream challenges students to design for a speculative future characterised by negative environmental, political, economic and social issues. As representatives of the new generation, it demands that they take a strong personal position on what it means to represent this generation. How can the history and decayed state of permanently scarred sites be proactively used in their rejuvenation? How can the means of rejuvenating a scarred site foster a new way of thinking about the significance of decay and the future growth of our built environment?