Related Staff : Ivan Valin, Scott Melbourne
Studio Yangon 2015, was the second iteration of the Landscape Division’s multi-year design and research undertaking focusing on Yangon, the commercial capital and largest city in Myanmar (Burma). The course undertook a detailed investigation of the core structures and infrastructures of a tropical waterfront city—the Street, the Block, and the Waterfront—to develop sensitive, sustainable, and resilient site interventions. Water, as condition, as material, as resource, as threat and opportunity, as body and as atmosphere, was a central theme upon which the studio was built. In this course, the second of three studios in the MLA design curriculum, students continued to develop an iterative and productive working process that built and responded to feedback and criticism; rich visual and clear verbal presentation skills; a critical engagement with the contemporary practices of landscape architecture; a familiarity with the strategies and stages of the landscape design process; an awareness of the complex economic, ecological and social forces that underlie urban environments; and an ability to translate idea into form, space, and strategy. Through historical research, geo-spatial analysis, and on-site field-work, students learnt to synthesize advanced inventory and analysis methods into their comprehensive masterplans and site designs.