Related Staff : Matthew Pryor, Scott Melbourne
In this studio students explored the biophysical elements and systems that make up our world, how they interact and change over time. While examining them, we looked at how best to describe and represent them graphically, and how this could give us a basis both for manipulating them (by design), and understanding the likely consequences of any changes. We took the concept of ‘an island’ as a medium for our investigations. Students stared by studying two opposite island environments: one mostly natural (Po Toi Island); one largely man-made (the roof of the Fringe Club Building, Central), looking at the nature of the elements and processes within each, and the commonalities and differences between them. In each setting, they proposed an intervention, modifying the natural environment to allow for human occupation, and the man-made environment to promote inhabitation by natural elements. In the second half of the semester we looked at Signal Hill, another distinct island, on the TST waterfront. From a study of its form, history and material qualities, as well as its urban boundaries and interactions. Students developed a range of basic design interventions that helped explore the fundamental relationship between the nature of the site and its human occupation.