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Ilana Blum

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Urban Ecotones

Too often, history is commemorated in static, unapproachable forms, which fail to capture the multi-dimensional qualities of space, time and experience. Redfern, a site where diverse histories converge, has suffered a fate no different. This project gives invisible landscape elements a spatial form, allowing visitors to engage with the hidden layers of Redfern.

Decades of urban infill and industrial development have overlooked Redfern’s windswept history. In response to the community’s request to “see the landscape as it would have been” [Urban Growth, March 2016], the design proposes to translate the essence of Redfern’s lost sand dune ecology into a contemporary form, to provide opportunities for community engagement, and improvements to local food security and sustainable ecological restoration.

The site composition responds to three principles: volatility; trust; and exposure, to create an unpredictable and flexible space, where visitors are encouraged to participate with, rather than observe, their ever-changing landscape.

This led me to the following research question:

How can the essence of Redfern’s lost sand dune ecology be captured and translated into a contemporary form, providing opportunities for community engagement and sustainable ecological restoration, while maintaining connections to the site’s urban industrial character?