MLA Studio 2 2017-18

Related Staff : Kokora, Michael , Pryor, Mathew , Melbourne, Scott Jennings

Students: CHAN Chu Hang Henry; CHAN Tsz Wa Koni; CHAN Ka Ying May; CHENG Kwok Cheong Louis; CHEUNG Wing Ka Jasmine; CHONG Yan Suen Ceas; DUAN Yu Vicky; DUAN Wenlin William; FAN Junyi Roy; HO Yu Ming Yuming; IP Henry Ka Ho Henry; KWONG Kwan Ki Crystal; LAM Sau Chin Michelle; LEE Hon Him Jason; LIN Zhizhen Aylin; LIU Yijun Jenny; LU Jiawen Javin; LU Siyi Lucy; LU Fan Jimmy; OR Chun Hin Justin; PAN Naijin; PANG Tsz Yung Kity; SHI Yuning Cony; SHUM Siu Kei David; SIN Wai Yin Sammy; TAN Qian Sissi; TANG Yang Tony; TSANG Yik Ming Yammi; WONG Man Kai Hedy; XIONG Zhengzheng; XU Jiangyin Joy; YUAN Zheyi Zoey; ZHANG Xiaolai Joy; ZHAO Pu Dannas; ZHENG Ying; ZHOU Yifan Mia

Course Code: 7132
Course Title: East Java Studio

Taking the concept of ‘Landscape as Framework’, this studio looked at how natural landscape systems can determine and order human settlement and activity (and in turn be determined by them), and how we might develop meaningful strategies and proposals to achieve and sustain a balance between the two.We took a broad north-south corridor of land (some 150 km long and 70km wide) on the Indonesian Island of Java as our initial study area. This vast territory encompasses a volcanic landscape rich in biodiversity, scenic beauty, agricultural productivity and mineral resource, but is also home to a culturally diverse community of some 10 million people, scattered across it in a complex ‘desakota’ system of urban sprawl. Drawing on current landscape planning and urbanism theory, students looked to understand and document this landscape, not just through its physical components, but though its systems, flows, assets (and liabilities), actors, patterns, trends, etc. From this they developed strategic framework proposals for the landscape.Core to this studio was the week-long study visit, centred on the former colonial hill town of Malang where we partnered with staff and students from U. Brawijaya. Excursions to the Mt Bromo volcano, the Lapindo mud volcano at Surabaya in the north, teak plantations, water management infrastructure and the resort beaches of the southern coast, and the rich agriculture of the upland Batu Valley, allowed us to interact with local communities, record (in drawings and video) the landscape and its people, and to develop our understanding of the territory and its landscape systems. From this students were able to identify specific issues and projects which became their final projects.