Upper Pool Studios - Semester 1, 2012
      Friction - Rosalea Monacella Future Hanoi - Graham Crist Kerb - Rosalea Monacella Maribor 2012AI - Cath Stutterheim PLOTting - Kate Church Terra Lander - Craig Douglas


material resistance

surface affects


tutor Dr Rosalea Monacella, OUTR Research Lab time Thursday 12-6 (note: class commences week 05) room 88.5.14 Lake Eyre is the largest ephemeral lake in the world. It is a pluvial lake that experiences significant increase in depth and extent as a result of increased precipitation and reduced evaporation. It exists within the Lake Eyre Basin which is a drainage basin that covers one-sixth of all Australia. It is one of the largest internal drainage systems on Earth, and covers 1,140,000 square kilometers. At15m below sea level, it is the lowest point in Australia, and on the rare occasion that it fills, it is the largest lake in Australia. This coupled with the fact that the basin is an endorhic one that does not allow outflow to other bodies of water such as rivers or oceans exemplifies the landscape as a dynamic medium in a constant state of flux. The design studio will look at the life of the lake from the point of view of the landscape as a shifting, living, material phenomenon, and a re-mapping of it. This is explored through mappings, drawings, aerial photography, and models that explore a meaning for the landscape that suggest both landscapes and the way we construct them through representation are constantly evolving. Particular to this studio investigation of re-making the landscape through representation will be the employment of the various territorial scanning devices and rapid-prototyping technologies that interrogate the nexus between physical and virtual modeling.

The concept of wetness and its relationship to migrational patterns of both The work produced in the studio will be submitted into the student IFLA man and nature will be the key design generator in forming new habitats for competition 2012 this itinerant landscape.

Future Hanoi

speculations on an RMIT Vietnam campus

Upper Pool Studio with Graham Crist and the office of antarctica. Wednesday night 6pm in 8.12.36, with an intensive in Vietnam at mid-semester Future Hanoi is offered to students of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. It is possible to take this studio without travelling; preference will be given though to those who will travel. For more information contact Graham: This design studio project will examine speculative ideas for an RMIT University campus in Hanoi. The designs will aim to test a campus as a model for good urban design (an ideal piece of the city), and environment which is responsive to the particular climate of Hanoi, and be conducive to innovative learning. We will ask the question: How can architectural design contribute to a university environment which is urbane, innovative and sustainable. Specifically, how can this design studio provide useful testing of potential outcomes for a real project? We will produce urban scale designs, and zoom in to examine the architectural and landscape spaces of the campus and its learning environments. Future Hanoi is part of a larger set of questions: RMIT University’s presence in Vietnam and the region, the nature of Asian urbanism, and the nature of sustainable urbanism.

journal vol 20


speculative stories

narrative in landscape architecture

image: Animal Superpowers” by Chris Woebken and Kenichi Okada

publication launch 30.08.2012
tutor Dr Rosalea Monacella time Wednesday 10am-5pm class commences Wed 7th March room 88.05.01 credit 36 credit points (equivalent to 1 Design Studio + 01 Eelctive)

Studio Leaders
Professor Cath Stutterheim Dr Charles Anderson
(RMIT University / SAALA) (RMIT University / SAALA)

Times: Fridays 9.30am – 1.30pm Place: B45 D

RMIT University Landscape Architecture Program Upper Pool Design Studio Semester 01 2012

SAALA has been invited by the School of Architecture & Design to conduct a practice led studio to develop one of the University’s project proposals for Maribor 2012Ai, a global design research and exhibition project conducted as part of the 2012 European Capital of Culture Program. The outcomes of this studio will be included in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 and in a large exhibition and symposium in Maribor, Slovenia. The SAALA studio will explore the potentials of computational design techniques and tools for generating meaningful landscape architectural and urban design propositions for the City of Maribor. Through an engagement with various dynamic modeling methods the studio aims to effectively model future scenarios which respond to the ambitions of the Maribor 2112Ai brief. Of particular focus for this studio will be ecological urbanism, patterns of growth, and the exploration of various spatial and temporal organizational strategies through which a thriving and resilient city of the future may emerge and evolve. Throughout the semester there will be an emphasis on experimentation, testing, design through making, and the production of rich and beautiful drawings and models.

This studio will navigate its way through four interrelated and overlapping phases: Phase 1 : Tools & Techniques A series of mini workshops exploring dynamic spatial organisation and systems modeling. Phase 2 : Urban Dreaming Investigation of the rich history of future visions of the city from from utopias to dystopias, from prehistory to the 21st Century and beyond. Phase 3 : Data Pooling Gleaning information about the various historical and contemporary forces which constitute Maribor. Through data accumulation, readings and analysis we will generate a pool of relevant base material to enable a close engagement with both the existing conditions of Maribor as well as its predicted future scenarios. Phase 4 : Design Propositions Generation of design provocations / proposals / visions for the city of Maribor in the year 2112. NB: All design work will be developed in groups. SAALA is assembling an interdisciplinary consultation team for this studio. Participants include Roland Snooks (RMIT / Kokkugia), Tim Schork (Monash / MESNE), Jerome Frumar (RMIT / MESNE) and Clark Thenhaus (RMIT / Endemic). Additional guest presentations by a range of design professionals will run through the course of the studio.

plot (v)
to plan secretly a scheme to accomplish some purpose to make by drawing

The Collector of Natural Curiosities is glimpsed fossicking around the urban fringe - trailing his mobile emporium… The Yarra’s depths are plunged once more, deposits of dredged waste transform a halfforgotten artificial island into a sublime landscape of silted knolls and grottos.

plot (n)
the order of events in a narrative or any other type of story A measured piece or parcel of land

From this, a parallel landscape imaginary emerges…

…Yet nothing is quite as it seems.


Fictions, fabrications + horticultural hijinks
Narrative is typically used in relation to LA as a way of re-telling the story of a site – either through the lens of an earlier time (ie: history) or through ‘other’ eyes (eg: indigenous, migrant). This studio explores the potential of narrative structures to be spatially generative and temporally projective – to suggest futures, possibilities and alternate realities. Plotting is a speculative, scenario-driven studio that uses narrative devices to generate formal design outcomes. As its name suggests the studio employs drawing to both drive the plot and unravel the resultant narrative; revealing a subterranean cartography and hoarded specimens of the everyday. Kate Church Thursdays 12.30-4.30pm room 45D

Dan Slavinsky Tabernacle - The Empty Chalice

terra lander
... ‘I thought they were with you!”


Craig Douglas OUTR rseaerch lab thursday 4-8pm class will commence in week 02 88.6.14

time room

This studio will explore design as the emergence of ideas through the activity of making. We will be considering ‘site’ and the design response to, and through, ‘site’ as a complex and dynamic set of material and corporeal relationships continually constructed and destroyed through the time and space of drawings and models. The laboratory through which this design research will be conducted is Victoria’s coal mining and energy production heart, the La Trobe Valley. The project brief is the design of the Hazelwood cemetery through a negotiation of a collection of
Terra firma, is the Latin phrase meaning “solid earth”, refers to the dry land mass on the earth’s surface and is used to differentiate from the sea or air. Terra Australis (southern land), hypothetical continent appearing on maps from the 15th to the 18th century.

seemingly disparate, yet intrinsically related adjacent programs that include - to name a few - the Hazelwood open cut coal mine, the power station, the steaming cooling ponds (pictured), a camping ground, a boat shed, power lines, an Anzac memorial, etc … Making, as a design approach, is to challenge our ideas and understanding through the act of their becoming, and enable the generation of ideas and their development through the translations affected when moving from one medium to another.

Terra incognita, unknown land, for regions that have not been mapped or documented. Terra nullius, land belonging to no one, nobody’s land, empty or desolate land. Terra pericolosa, dangerous land, for regions believed likely to put travelers in jeopardy.

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