Landscapes of Flux and Demand

The dynamism of landscape is often relegated to considerations of vegetative growth and decay, human uses, seasonal change and so on, but every site of terra firma is built on geological conditions that are themselves in flux, albeit the timescales may be long and very difficult to observe. In certain conditions, where the land is vulnerable to erosive weathering, these timescales can be short and visible to the observer. This studio focused on exploring the consequences of landscapes being simultaneously places of flux and also demand. The students were able to relate personal experience and observations with more conventual research findings to build representations of the dynamic systems in operations; investigate strategies for engaging design with biophysical systems; map spatial consequences of competing land use goals and ultimately develop design propositions building on the previous analysis and projection. Working in groups and individually, this studio enabled students to practice and improve computer drafting and design representation skills with emphasis on accurately scaled drawings and models.