Water | Architecture | Ethnography | Deep history
Water has always, and continues to have, a fundamental relationship to both immediate and very long-term environmental changes.(Bertram N., Murphy C.; ‘In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities)
In this studio, students will analyse water flows in the built and natural environments in urban areas to develop strategies that can convey cultural and historical accounts that have shaped, changed and re-designed the territory and the city across time.
The site of study is the Elsternwick area with a focus on Rippon Lea Estate.
This studio forms part of a larger collaboration between the National Trust and the Boon Wurrung Foundation. You are expected to incorporate inputs from these stakeholders into your design projects, through ethnographic fieldwork and GIS mapping.
You will design interventions in key locations that are deeply embedded into the local urban context, reflecting and connecting to the deep and invisible layers of the urban fabric. Students will learn to read the city not only through its visible, built fabric but also through the natural and cultural systems that are interconnected. Students will work both in groups and individually to undertake several, small-scale design propositions (public installations / landmarks / structures) that respond to the observations, readings, and class seminars.
The studio will push the boundaries and tap into the potential of online teaching modes, while aiming to keep the learning experience as hands-on as possible in the current situation. Site visits and stakeholder workshops are TBC.