Future water scenarios for Elwood: Adapt, Defend, Retreat.
Once the site of a swamp (wetland) and now subject to periodic flooding, the bayside suburb of Elwood, in Melbourne’s south-east, has always been shaped by the waters that run over, around and under it.
Focussing on Elwood as a case study, and then expanding to explore the Elster Creek catchment and the related terrains of the Victorian Southern Lowlands, Swamped is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that speculates on the impacts that climate change and rapid urbanisation may have on these types of environments, and the possible futures that can be imagined for them. As sea levels rise, and storm surges and drought threaten, Swamped asks: what will happen to Elwood?
Featuring urban design proposals for Elwood, studies of other similar wetlands, and interactive modelling, Swamped is an exhibition that ultimately asks us to rethink the way a city is conceived; defined not by traditional markers of politics or economics, but by the water that trickles through it.
In association with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC).
CRCWSC Research team
Nigel Bertram, Catherine Murphy, Rutger Pasman MADA
Briony Rogers, Alex Gunn Monash School of Social Sciences
Christian Urich Monash Department of Civil Engineering
Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Roland Lowe Technical University of Denmark
Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan, Berry Gersonius UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Tom Morgan MADA
Tom Chandler, Kim Marriott, Kingsley Stephens, Su-Yiin Lai sensiLab
Monash Architecture PhD candidates
Nano Langenheim, Daniel Nyandega, Gyongyver Engloner
Monash Architecture Masters students
Clare Barclay, Ruben Digby-Diercks, Dina Einstein, Leonor Gausachs, Raphael Graham, Kiona Guillot, Yujia Lei, Piers Morgan, Or Meir Naggar, Anh Vu Nguyen, Timothy Randall, Daniel Simantov, Monique Woods, Andrew Wright, Ambrose Zacharakis, Kai Zhu
Ricky New, Warren Taylor, Beaziyt Worcou MADA