NTU Architecture Subject Group

Probitas Plenum

Today there is a strong push for transparency within politics and parliament buildings. Modern parliamentary designs aim to provide honesty through their materiality.
However, this transpires as an illusion of transparency. The public can witness proceedings; however, they cannot hear what is being discussed. Openness should be paramount when designing a parliament chamber as it is a representation of the masses; therefore, the public should be allowed full access to it.

Stone and wood, both of which are raw and authentic materials, are incorporated into the parliamentary chamber to convey honesty. To light the space, the ceiling is constructed using timber protruding pyramids, which act as light wells to illuminate the speaker and listening representatives. The chamber incorporates the brutalist architecture style to convey probity, hence the title ‘Probitas Plenum’ or Full of Honesty.

Beth White
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Beth White
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.

Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.

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