Sunday, June 20, 2010

Canberra University Competition - In The Loop

OUTR last month participated in the ideas competition for the Canberra University, Australia.
As a part of the submissions, OUTR submitted entries for the Concourse Design, Landscape Character (Urban Design) and University Green (Park) under the title "In The Loop: Constructing the reflex weave".

You can find the results of the competition here at the University of Canberra website.

In The Loop: Constructing the reflex weave

University green / Landscape Character
The in the loop proposes that the university green is a textured weave which emerges from the inherent characteristics of the existing campus itself. In the loop, a weave which extends the learning environment from the limitations of the built envelope to considering the learning environment as the many permutations of virtual, real, interior and exterior. It is adaptable to the ever changing conditions of the campus landscape where the learner is ever present in the many facets of how the university green is designed and inhabited. It is a responsive fabric with the inherent ability to evolve over time to environmental forces of change such as climate change, the ever changing policies and structure which universities are required to respond to and innovation in teaching and learning. This didactic landscape is rich in environmental diversity but expansive in its reach and structure.

Instructions for Assembling the Reflexive Weave of the University Green

Knots + Loops: educational hubs+ parking + circulation.
Linkages between adjacent precincts, education and activity hubs and future expansion sites.
Threading: ecological
Ecological and wildlife threads which are responsive to changing environmental factors. Harvesting, storing and distributing water throughout the campus. The threads also take advantage views across the Belconnen valley
Interlacing: campus grid structure
The expansive the grid structure provides connections to the concourse area and other precincts of the university campus. It is an underpinning organizational structure to the campus masterplan.
Warp& Waft: topography + campus green
Establishes links in terms of landscape, character, views with the concourse, university village and Lawson connection precinct.  Provides serviced open space areas for large gatherings and seasonal events.
Weave: the assemblage of threads to construct the university campus weave
Complements the more formal urban space of the concourse; operating at a range of scales and intensities of use for both the educational and environmental characteristics of this unique campus.






















The Campus Concourse
The in the loop proposes that the university green is a rich textured weave which emerges from the inherent characteristics of the existing campus itself. In the loop is a weave which extends the learning environment from the limited environment of the building to considering the learning environment which is adaptable to the ever changing conditions of the campus landscape. A responsive fabric with inherent is environmental forces of change, the ever changing policies and structure universities are required to respond to and, rich in diversity its expansive structure. The didactic landscape.

Instructions for Assembling the Weave

Knots, Loops, Threading, Interlacing, Warp& waft, Weave.