Wednesday, May 26, 2010

OUTR at Beijing 798 Arts District

During our recent visit to Beijing, we were fortunate enough to visit Beijing's 798 Arts District to experience the collaborative installation by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Beijing architect Ma Yansong at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

Monday, May 24, 2010

OUTR visits Peking University, Beijing, CN

Today OUTR's Rosalea Monacella, Craig Douglas and Tom Harper visited the offices of LA China (Landscape Architecture China Journal) and Turenscape Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Office embedded within the Peking University, Beijing, China. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

OUTR in Hebei County, CN

As a part of our recent trip to China as apart of the AUS (Australian Urban Systems) trip, we meet with government officials from the Hebei County to discuss their future projects within the region. As a part of this we were shown around a range of sites due for transformations from more rural settings to that of more urban centers.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

OUTR in Beijing, CN

This week OUTR has been in Beijing continuing their research into the rapid transformation of Chinese cities. This visit specifically looked at Beijing, and surrounding regions including Hebei County. 

Below are some happy holiday snaps taken while on the trip. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

OUTR Presents at World Expo, Shanghai, CN

Rosalea Monacella along with Craig Douglas and Tom Harper will be attending the opening ceremonies of Victoria Week at the Australian Pavilion in Shanghai this week, where Rosalea will be presenting work of OUTR to distinguished Australian and Chinese guests including Victorian Premier Mr. John Brumby.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

OUTR Speculates on Rio Waterfront, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s terminal proposal is placed in the old port waterfront and is conceived as an horizontal-vertical skyscraper.

The tower will become an icon within the city as it is situated along the main entry points of Rio de Janeiro along the elevated highway which is the main entrance to the city. As a new port facility it will transform the experience of cruise ship arrivals.

The project is an urban landscape, generated by the flow forces that link diverse infrastructures and urban spaces in the city.

The scale of the intervention allows for a new relationship between the city the bay and its spectacular topography. The tower is organised along a central environmental structure that creates an intense programmatic experience. The structure is conceived as a system where the groups of 4 floors are hung from the main internal structures.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

OUTR's Kathryn English - Australian delegation representative to Turkey

For the next 6 week, OUTR's Kathryn English will travel to Turkey as a part of an Australian delegation group exchange. The objective of the trip will be to form international business relationships with between Australia and Turkey.  Kathryn will also conduct her own continuing research in to Public Space, with her interests in appropriation of urban fabric in relation to cultural difference. Kathryn has investigated this study for the past four years within Australia, Europe and now Eur-Asia.

Friday, May 7, 2010

OUTR in Landscape Australia Magazine

OUTR is published within this months Landscape Australia Magazine for OUTR's winning entries of  Meander Erosion, Lake Tai and Terminal 40-3 for the UnLandscaped Competition. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

OUTR Wins UnLandscaped Competition

OUTR has been awarded first prise for the Unlandscaped Competition, the Landscape Architecture Australia prize for unrealized landscapes with the entry, Meandro - Erosion. The award was presented to OUTR at an offical ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 6 May.

Meandro - a proposal located on the Usumacinta River between Mexico and Guatemala. The Juries comments where that the proposal looks at geomorphological change in the Usumacinta River corridor. “Meander Erosion presents a technique (or a methodology) for approaching complexity rather than a defined outcome.”

To check out the submissions of the competition click below.

Project Description: 
For a finite-size flow system to persist in time (to live) it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier and easier access to its currents”, meaning that the configuration and function of flow systems change over time in a predictable way that improves function, distributes imperfection, and creates geometries that best arrange high and low resistance areas or volumes., 
Adrian Bejan, “ The constructual unification of biological and geophysical design”
The flood laboratory is a landscape corpse subject to the floods and variations of the Usumacinta river currents. The laboratory is a contemproary art and esculoric gallery in dry season and a flood shelter against flooding in the wet season.
The landscape around the bbuilding becomes an experimental landscape where alternative crops and activities are explored in a more intense relationship with the river flux. Arti installations could become an integral event of the flooded landscape.
The laboratory program is transformed into a prototype that within the river currents it is displaced, distributed, eroded, deposited and transformed to adapt to new relationships in the meander. The progression and organisation of the program is constructed around a ramified structure that adapts to the meander geometries creating interstitial circulatory spaces for the internal flow of the museum.