2016 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Catalogue

2016 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Catalogue

Every year, LAND Studio 8 explores contemporary landscape architectural design challenges related to urbanisation in Sydney, such as urban densification, social justice, connectivity, heritage, urban forestry, water sensitive urban design, and climate mitigation.  In 2016, the focus for the studio was the Central to Eveleigh Corridor (C2E), a complex urban industrial site at the forefront of public interest.  Students were challenged to respond to the NSW Government strategy to extend the Sydney CBD beyond its southern boundary by re-imagining the urban landscape along the existing rail corridor.

 This 87 hectare, 3km long corridor is defined by railway infrastructure.  It incorporates Central, Redfern, Macdonald Town and Erskineville rail stations, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh Rail Yards, the airspace above rail lines, as well as existing parks and heritage buildings. The adjacent precincts are diverse and numerous; they include Central Sydney, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Redfern, Chippendale, Darlington and Alexandria, and each presents distinct character, quality and land uses.

 Students have delved into the physical, cultural and environmental layers of C2E to find opportunities for positive landscape interventions and urban transformation, drawing on the unique landscape qualities of the corridor.

 The Graduating Project requires each student to prepare their own brief, conceptualise a methodology for design investigations and critically explore theoretical concepts through design speculation. The resulting projects are diverse in nature and embody the capacity of landscape architecture to tackle significant social and environmental issues within an urban context.