Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Danny Hill: Cultivating the Map

Through Danny Hill’s series of mappings and models for his thesis project; Cultivating the Field he investigates how the simple tool we use in everyday agricultural practices shape the broader landscape. The farming tool is a necessary and active mechanism in generating the map. Whilst he focuses the landscape of central United States, he is interested in central pivot irrigation systems, and the operations of the Mississippi River Levee. He then ponders a new set of tool that attach themselves to this remapped landscape.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

a n t h r o p o S c e n e ~ global short film competition

OUTR entered the short film competition hosted by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
See our entry below:

3rd Planet Food from outr rmit on Vimeo.

The year is 2040. The suburban limits of Melbourne now reach out to the townships within the Latrobe Valley. The impacts of globalization and mass consumerism are evident in the exploitation of the landscape. With the closure of mining companies in the Valley, this now ceases. Melbourne’s centre, a generic, over-crowded, mono-economy, now looks to the suburbs as a creative exoskeleton, to pose new solutions for food & energy distribution to the rest of the state.
With the abrupt closure of the international mining companies, the immediate need for a diverse local economy accelerated the townships through rapid change, community resiliency and resourcefulness. The suburban townships within the Latrobe Valley produce local high speed LANs (Local Area Networks) to conduct industries. 3rd Planet Food is an open source food network that monitors local capacity and gives ownership back to the local residents.

OUTR team: Harriet Robertson, Greg Afflick, Rosalea Monacella, Craig Douglas, Farah Dakkak, Tech Yann Ooi & Kyle Bush

Monday, October 24, 2016

AILA VICTORIA ~ 2016 Awards

OUTR have successfully submitted two projects into the AILA 2016 Landscape Architecture Awards. We got recognised in both categories bringing home two awards!

Research, Policy and Communications Award ~ for Nature's Cathedral
The winner of the Pop Up Park Competition for the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney November 2015, this project is a potent propaganda piece advocating the importance of parks in our cities for the wellbeing of their inhabitants. It also eloquently represents the fraught relationship of nature and culture in parks whereby nature is simultaneously celebrated and constrained by culture. The construction comprises a 21m x 16m x 6m high scaffolding armature (culture), its Latin cross floor plan signifying a cathedral, within which are suspended six Evergreen Aldars (nature). It is both supremely poetic and provocative, giving the observer or occupier pause to consider the place of vegetation in the city and the nature of trees, as well as providing sheer aesthetic pleasure.

The root balls of the trees are wrapped, with some exposed roots below, and there are IV drips hanging from the armature feeding the trees, while mounds at the base suggest the forest floor. The whole is redolent with visual metaphor as well as aural, with sounds of nature piped through and, no doubt, olfactory stimuli from the plants. This highly charged and multivalent work stems from a strong and clear conceptual base and is overlaid with elements of surprise and delight. One imagines that it must have been a joyous feature of the World Parks Congress.

Communities Award ~ Get Sunflowered
‘Get Sunflowered’ is a community engagement project in the Latrobe Valley generated and managed by the OUTR Lab in collaboration with artist Ben Morrieson, community groups, industry, and local government. Its core premise was to empower local communities to take control and transform redundant, unloved, spaces into designed fields of bright joyful sunflowers.
The team describes ‘Get Sunflowered’ as a ‘ground-up temporal community landscape’ in which ‘The beautiful sunflowers are the happy by-product of the real project aspiration to connect the fragmented community, and enable local citizens to understand how they can be active agents of change in shaping and transforming their own city’.
The Jury unanimously supported this project for the its powerful simplicity of its intent, concept and execution. The Latrobe Valley is a collection of disadvantaged communities maligned for their connection to the brown coal industry and social demographic issues. The project brought these people together to plant, weed, water and connect, and culminated in a party on each site bringing thousands of people together to party among the fields of sunflowers with local live music, food and entertainment.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

'Are We Human?' Istanbul Design Biennial

Outr's Submission titled 'Soul City Mart' did not reach the final shortlist but is going to be featured in the Biennial film screening, running from the 22nd of October till the 20th of November!

Processes of production and consumption are dependent on the matrix of infrastructure that supports them. The infrastructure in turn, dictates the forms and the ways in which we use our urban environment. Fluctuations in supply chains are instantly responsive to shifts in immaterial global market demand, however, built environments are slower to respond embodying a material ‘lagging’ effect, revealing 'Junkspaces’i of neglect and inefficiency.

This brings to question how much we are in control of our human condition. Do we design the repetition and expansion of our urban environment?

At the intersection of production and consumption, Soul City Mart is evident of a dialectical landscape of whom we are and where we are going.

i. Rem Koolhaas, 2006, Junkspace, Quodibet

Audio Credits:
Mall Walker by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Moon River by SAA is licenced under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Briagolong Film Festival screens Future Morwell Snapshot 2016

On Saturday Night the Briagolong Film Festival screened our Future Morwell Snapshot 2016 Film (below) as apart of their popular short film program which features "a celebration of Gippsland’s creative talent, from children making their first film to experienced amateur filmmakers, featuring documentaries, slideshows and community projects and iconic Gippsland scenery."

Please visit their web page and vimeo channel for more.