Architecture - Honours
The Muscari Hall of Democracy is a place where the people of Queensland can come and formulate this new vision for democracy, view democracy in action, seek out and instruct their elected representatives, direct and have oversight on government activities, and engage in debates and discussions. The main democratic themes revolving around Muscari Hall of Democracy are flexibility, adaptability, and transparency. The connections to these main themes are unified and expressed throughout the building form. The form of the building allows for people to discover and learn through speaking or listening to public debates, interacting through technology, or viewing the live stream of the debates and political, educational, economical, health, and environmental news. Within the interactive area, people would be able to view live stream debates, watch recordings, lodge votes, and encounter individuals with similar or opposing ideologies, which will allow them to form their own opinions. These opinions can be discovered and formed throughout the learning section of the building with educational and historical books within the library, or collaboration tutorials where individuals can share and form opinions on issues or policies discussed within the people senate debates. The process of growing and learning is represented through the abundance of greenery and vining plants allow the columns. As people begin to further engage within the democratic system, a more positive future will be sustained. The principle of transparency is represented through structural form by of luxfer glazing that creates a calming ripple, yet transparent, effect throughout the atrium and interactive learning area. To adapt to technological advancements, the inclusion of an additional computer lab allows for people to educate themselves on the online political voting system or research policies and parties in order to discover and grow their knowledge on politics.
Rebecca is an architecture student that harnesses skills and knowledge obtained from her landscape and interior design units. Her passion for nature and the environment results in her projects having an abundance of greenery and integrating sustainable solutions to help enhance the wellbeing of people.