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11181 Landscape Architecture Studio 5: Infrastructures

6cp; 3hpw
Requisite(s): 11175 Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Grounding AND 11186c Landscape Infrastructure AND 11178 Landscape Architecture Studio 4: Civic
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The problem

In the past decade, Sydney has undergone rapid population growth without a corresponding growth of infrastructure to support it and is now struggling to catch up. This presents an opportunity to actually rethink the way traditional infrastructure is designed and delivered.

The potential of traditional infrastructure is that as a systems network, it integrates and connects. However there are a number of issues: it plays into issues of inequality; it is centrally controlled and tends to operate as a closed system; it is designed to be efficient and is therefore separated and not connected with other systems; there are no redundancies so there is not much capacity for multiple benefits; and infrastructure associated planning tends to operate at a large scale, encouraging designers to work in the abstract so solutions end up being top down and the local scale is often ignored.

Rather than an infrastructure 'machine' with a single system focus and multiple overlapping governances, could infrastructure be addressed holistically, with a more productive relationship to the underlying land and the social and cultural life it is meant to support?

Landscape is a type of infrastructure operating as an open system characterised by redundancies and multiple benefits. This project deals not just with infrastructures but also the underlying land: how it worked, how it continues to operate, its relationship with the overlay of constructed infrastructures, and the potential unrealised productive interactions between them.

The proposition

This project is located within the geomorphological frame of the Sydney Basin. Students are asked to engage with the site via the tools and processes of landscape infrastructure with the aim of generating design solutions that are flexible, decentralised, multifunctional and catalytic in nature.

Selected infrastructures

Food; Biodiversity/ecology; Transport; Wastewater and Storm water; Energy; Freshwater.

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