Related Staff : Scott Melbourne
Students: CHIANG Su Man Katrina; JI Kun Ruby; LEE Wing Man Nona; RULIANTO Laura
At the core of the discipline of landscape architecture is an ongoing challenge of translating design notions to built works; for turning ideas into projects. A multitude of individuals are necessarily involved in this execution, with everyone from a client to contractor and on to various governing authorities having some role to play, even as a collection of greater forces within the economic, cultural and climatic contexts invoke a profound influence potentially far beyond the scope of any independent entity. Better understanding the interplay of individual, context and process can, it is posited, inform design operations and lead to improved success in achieving project goals. This thesis stream focuses on advancing methodologies for developing, critiquing, and innovating on design implementation strategies. Potential areas of study include: Developments in construction technologies and their impact on design capability; Post occupancy evaluation and the relationship between anticipated and actual usage; Material technologies, their selection as design elements and weathering properties in different climatic conditions; and Role of landscape architecture and the relationship between individual project types with different phases of economic development. This area of research is recognized as being especially relevant at this stage of ongoing building efforts throughout East Asia. Within the Chinese realm, there are now hundreds of projects from varying waves of development that have been in place long enough to be given a critical review, with synthesized findings holding the potential to promote improvements with future works. For regions at an earlier stage of development, particularly portions of Southeast Asia, a new scale of building is seen as likely on the horizon and within this context the research stream may shift from reflection to projection.
Student theses this year included:
“New Life in Old District: Regenerating pátio as public space” by CHIANG Su Man Katrina;
“Disappearing Lakes: Finding a sustainable environment with water limitation” by JI Kun Ruby;
“Bridge-City: Elevated walkways as social landscapes” by LEE Wing Man Nona; and
“A Bay in Equipoise” by RULIANTO Laura.