20 October 2011
Landscape students transform the city
First-year Landscape Architecture students at RMIT University were set the challenge: “Transform the city through your design – in real life!”
An old space becomes new again.
Transforming the city, one site at a time.
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The land at 567 Collins Street, Melbourne, vacant for 30 years, proved an ideal site for the urban laboratory landscape to unfold, courtesy of APN Property.
The 120 students from the Environments course in the Landscape Architecture program, experienced the complex systems of an urban landscape first-hand.
Dr Marieluise Jonas, lecturer in Landscape Architecture and course leader of the Environments course, said: “In transforming the site through plants and landscape architectural design strategies, the students were able to fully immerse themselves in processes and dynamics of growth, decay, uncertainty and unexpectedness.
“The works produced on site are the outcome of a critical engagement with the processes and a site that did not speak ‘landscape’ to many of the students at the beginning of the course.
“This experiment offers a chance to rethink the ability of transient sites and vacant lots to operate as experimentation grounds in the city.
“Their key potential is the capacity of an otherness that opens endless possibilities for education and design in landscape architecture.”
You can check out the work at 567 Collins Street, Melbourne, until 7 November, 2011.