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11184 Landscape Architecture Studio 6: City

6cp; Spring session, block, city
Requisite(s): 11178 Landscape Architecture Studio 4: Civic AND 11175 Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Grounding AND 11179c Landscape Urbanism
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Entrepôt Cities – designing for openness and uncertainty

This design studio builds upon and extends landscape architectural design skills introduced in previous design studios; and specific theories and methods explored in 11179 Landscape Urbanism. In this larger-scale urban-based project students explore design solutions in a contested urban site framed by an exploration and application of landscape and urbanism theory, method and precedent. It is framed around the notion of the 'Entrepôt Cities' – the notion of particular cities as sites of openness, and, consequently, as sites of flux and uncertainty – whether at an economic, demographic, environmental or cultural level.

The word 'entrepôt', imported from French, derives from the Latin interpositum, made up of the preposition inter, 'between', and the verb ponere, 'to place'. It is typically used to refer to a mercantile centre through which goods pass on their journeys around the world (for example, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and, historically, places like New Orleans and Venice). In this subject, students take a very broad view of the concept of the entrepôt in the context of contemporary global systems and considering the impact of flows of not just goods, but people, information, capital, energy, and the various ways in which these reshape the form and dynamics of urban landscapes.

In a succession of urban-based projects, one in East Hamburg and one in the Sydney suburb of Auburn, students explore design solutions in two distinct contested urban sites in two different cities, both, however, framed by an exploration and application of landscape and urbanism theory, method and precedent. Specifically, the studio uses design as a tool to investigate possible relationships between various practices that fall within the landscape discipline and the future of cities and environments across various different scales, considering themes of openness/closedness across the diverse realms of urban ecology, urban design, and the spatial settings for social and cultural life.

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