Design Implementation

MLA Thesis Section (2016-17)

Related Staff : Scott Melbourne

Students: GAN Zixuan Alvin; LI Yushan Arain; SHA Ka Lok Sherlock; ZHAO Yaqi Arki

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:
“Combinatory Urbanism: A Transition Field of Urban Border” by GAN Zixuan Alvin;
“Conserve Values of Spring Water: Ecological Spring Water in Jinan” by LI Yushan Arain;
“Embracing the Risk: Adventurous Play-scape of Tung Chung Town Park” by SHA Ka Lok Sherlock; and
“AECCS: A Method to better support communication and collaboration in AEC industry” by ZHAO Yaqi Arki.

Enlarge Photo: Arki ZHAO Yaqi