Fieldstudies is a dedicated research group within Fieldwork with a mandate to explore social issues facing urban Australia through architecture.
It operates as a long-term program of architectural design studios, currently in partnership with the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. Each individual studio features a specific and tightly defined scope of exploration. Past and current themes under investigation include housing affordability, models of co-living and innovation precincts.
Our research through Fieldstudies deepens our understanding of the areas where design-thinking and architecture can push for greater civic equity. Architects are fundamentally interested in people. It is this focus that makes the practice rich, difficult and complex. To truly incorporate human experience into the process and result, there needs to be a spirit to explore, and battle for what is necessary.