Related Staff : Scott Melbourne
Students: FENG Lishen; LEUNG Wai Yan Viann; MA Liya; WANG Yadian
Site design-does it matter? When? Where? Why? How? In the face of dire environmental challenges including climate change, extreme wealth disparity, political strife, in addition to the only increased demand on natural resources and productive capacities of regional landscapes, the value of site-scaled built works can not be taken for granted. It is appropriate to question the importance of devoting energies to crafting built landscapes, and yet we know that some of these places will help bring communities together, support individual recovery, create places of memory and perhaps even nurture the sublime-in short, some built landscapes do matter a great deal. This thesis stream focuses on advancing methods for more critically understanding ways in which landscapes are valued. Potential areas of study include: Theoretical analysis for ways in which value is identified in different ways and by various user groups. How much was this planned for versus evolved over time? What role is the history of the site? Critical case studies investigating sites recognized as being especially meaningful. How significant a factor is the formal design vis-a-vis management and stewardship? More projective explorations for applying lessons of past works to new contexts, expressing new models of place making. Who are currently underserved communities, and what are strategies for producing landscapes to benefit these groups?