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acts of creative occupation


The ÆL is an armature for creative research projects that operate as acts of ‘creative occupation’. Sites and situations are approached as complex, socio-political, relational networks, or, in other words, ecologies.  Acts of occupation take the form of creative insertions, modifications or modulations – of sites, situations, buildings or objects – aimed at revealing potential and new ways of re-approaching the particular ecology constituting each project. Via these active modulations, there is a particular interest in working with the affective power and agency of constructed environments, where the systems and architectures that silently structure situations profoundly inflect behaviour and relations.

The collective is constituted by a network of practices and structured through creative projects. It involves researchers predominantly in the fields of architecture, interior design, fashion, landscape architecture, industrial design, creative writing, and art practice.

Based at RMIT University in the School of Architecture and Design, and part of the d___lab research centre, the ÆL has a widely cast local and international network. The ÆL collective is not static, with each project involving different constellations of people, materials, places and events.


Pia Ednie-Brown is the instigator and caretaker of this project-collective.

The lab is primarily engaged in research via creative activity, where projects necessarily have open-ended outcomes and aim to generate new potential rather than provide fixed or prescriptive answers to problems.  The value of the open-ended is implicated in the degree to which we increasingly need to think ecologically – or in terms of complex relational networks in which control is at best partial. Being caught up in an interdependent mesh of relations, we cannot pretend to know or be entirely in control of what will unfold from the moves we make. The value of exploring how best to direct our actions in these kinds conditions has become increasingly evident in the face of climate change and global financial markets. Attention moves towards the ethos of the occasion as a complex, multidimensional, temporal entity. Outcomes are precipitated rather than simply determined.


If you have a project or proposal that you would like to discuss with the ÆL,please contact us.



“So of course you know the future of philosophy is architecture”
– Madeline Gins