Related Staff : Matthew Pryor, Michael Kokora, Scott Melbourne
Course Code: 7132
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.