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Design with Country: Resilience Studio will explore the large urbanized riverine system running through the heart of Melbourne, Australia, known as the Birrarung (Yarra River). In 2021, the Birrarung Council approached the University of Melbourne to collaborate and develop resiliency planning. Building on this invitation, we created a multidisciplinary studio to explore landscape architecture, architecture, planning and urban design strategies that address needs and aspirations along the living riverine corridor. Students taking this studio will be immersed in local culture and science, build cultural awareness, engage with city managers and Traditional Owners, stakeholders, and design professionals to understand the challenges and opportunities of the river precinct from multiple perspectives. Students will generate a series of design and strategic planning proposals and build a shared vision for selected locations along the Birrarung. The studio builds on landscape architecture, infrastructure planning, and urban design strategies building on indigenous knowledge and heritage to address resiliency and adaptation along the living riverine corridor.
The studio begins with educational immersion to build professional relationships and cultural intelligence, including a parallel series of First Nations voices. This period of outreach, learning, listening, communication, collaboration, and co-design with Traditional Owners builds on the Wilip-gin Birrarung murron (Yarra River Protection Act of 2017) Legislation and the Birrarung Council, working with the concept of bi-cultural environmental net gain which incorporates Traditional Owner and community aspirations. The Act builds on the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung peoples’ recognition of the Birrarung as a single living entity. Background context and readings will allow students to expand their awareness of the history, context and perspectives of Country and custodianship. Design for Country will explore the expanding field of climate adaptation and designing for resilience focusing on ecological, cultural, infrastructural, and recreational opportunities for the area.
Note: Students may seek approval to replace ABPL90072 Landscape Studio 5: Sustainable Urbanism with ABPL90430 Design with Country: Resilience Studio
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Develop an understanding of aboriginal heritage and history of Country and the application of indigenous knowledge with contemporary perspectives through a design with country approach including the ability to engage multiple perspectives through a transparent engagement process and dialogue.
- Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and ability to evaluate urban waterways and uplands from a climate change, resiliency, and adaptation perspective.
- Understand the opportunities, compromises and trade-offs associated with designing for Country on urban land and adaptation strategies.
- Generate urban landscape architecture and adaptation solutions for waterways that are grounded in strategic near- mid- and long-term urban design, cultural heritage, and ecological regeneration perspectives.
- Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas;
- Critical thinking and analysis and a capacity for independent thought;
- Empathy and appreciation for Country and traditional owner perspectives;
- Application of theories to specific examples;
- Ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources.
- Ability to learn, reflect on, analysis and apply theory and knowledge towards the design and management of resilient and sustainable urban landscape projects.
- Effective listening and communication with traditional owners, and other stakeholders.
Last updated: 20 February 2024