We will investigate in exemplar urban and post-industrial areas, how good urban and architectural design can help reduce heat stress, to create livable cities. The projects will leverage of the areas’ topographical conditions, to improve urban spaces with a historical connection the rail . The projects will be holding a mix of programs, to be designed by the students, and will complement the existing neighborhoods productive diversity. The projects will respond to an increasing challenge for urban areas: Most of the world’s population lives in built up areas. Here heat radiation is higher as a result of reduced vegetation and increased paved surfaces that store heat. This effect known the urban heat island (UHI), creates heat stress, directly impacting human health and wellbeing, traffic and pollution as well as infrastructural stress. Measures to reduce temperatures, therefore improve liveability of cities.
The studio will form part of a larger ‘Cool Line’ investigation driven by a partnership between of MADA with CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). It will be informed by industry leaders' professional insights, equipping students with cutting edge knowledge and multi-disciplinary insights. Furthermore, students will research important edge precedents, and conduct critical site analyses and mappings to inform their proposals. A synthetic design process will blend aspects of site, ecology, history, program, structure and material into cohesive projects that mutually inform each other. The studio outcomes may be part of an exhibition in Sydney and presentations, to engage the broader community.