Friday, July 30, 2010

AILA Sea Change - Augmented Landscapes

OUTR has participated in ideas competition hosted by AILA (Australian Insitute of Landscape Architects) for design solutions to the topical issue of climate change within the Sydney Harbour. 

Augmented Landscapes explores an approach to climate change which is both about protection and transformation of the landscapes we occupy. It has an inherent understanding of the landscape and infrastructural systems at play for the ongoing survival and productive transformation of the harbour foreshore and inter-tidal zones. It is a response to environmental change as a process of protecting vulnerable areas in the harbour catchments area only to a point where protection is not viable any more and becomes a possible detriment to sustaining the way we live. In the post protection phase new forms of habitation are considered through the construction and growth of a new living landscape; landscapes which emerge from the combination of the natural and artificial structures. These structures form the construction of floating reef islands and atoll ecosystems that have the ability to be continually responsive to tidal shifts and transformation in climatic conditions. 

Stage One: Polyp : Polyp 
Acknowledging existing landscape and infrastructural systems. Identify areas of protection, land extension, retrofit and opportunities for new growth and habitation in the harbour catchments, whilst building a knowledge foundation which understands existing ecological and climatic processes. 
Stage Two: Budding 
Augmented landscape protects the harbour through the construction of a series of living dykes that utilises existing infrastructures where offshoots of biorock© structures can start the growth process for the formation of a new habitable landscape. Before it is habitable the dyke infrastructure protects existing infrastructure, ecological zones and landmarks such as the zoo. The phase also determines areas for the construction of additional water reservoirs which aim at securing long term drinking water resources. 
Stage Three: Capping 
The insertion of the bio-membranes into the Island structures allowing for future habitation. Construction of landscapes which can be created and responsive to the changes in climatic conditions within the harbour and increases in temperature and water levels. 
Stage Four: Spawning 
The islands are fully appropriate with human, animal and ecological habitation. 
Stage Five: Colonising 
The clustering of islands to form new mobile and adaptive colonies.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OUTR to Exhibit at the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, Barcelona, Spain

OUTR has been selected to exhibit their work at this years European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. The Biennial is organized by the Association of Architects of Catalonia (COAC), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture and the Association of Friends of the UPC), and theArchitecture and Landscape Division of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

For more information, click on the link below.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Never say Never, Movers in Shanghai, CN

Within our recent trip to Shanghai, China, we came across this trusty solution to transporting a whole lot of boxes. 

QRioCity - Melbourne

Scavenger hunt in Melbourne! Find the coded objects hidden in the city and decode them with your mobile phone. Discover links to the virtual world and hidden clues in the real world. What will you explore? How closely will you need to look? Where will the trail lead you?

'Point Zero' is an installation that tests the decoding of the QR code through distortion and utilising a method similar to that of optical art.

The code is projected onto a number of fragmented planes that also sit in space at different points within the frame. In doing so, the code is distorted from all perspectives except one privileged point.

Can you find the single point of perspective and decode this piece of the treasure hunt?

1. Development of Rhino model
2. Nesting and numbering individual pieces onto 600 x 800mm sized sheets.
3. Laser Cutteing positive and negative pieces
4. Painting positive pieces (white) and negative pieces (black).

5. Fixing negative pieces in correct position on positive pieces.

6. Fixing facets to each other using metal angles and screws 
7. Fixing clusters of facets to the pre-built, free standing frame structure.
8. Rolling the installation into location.

Location: Behind building 8 and Storey Hall, 360 Swanston st, Melbourne

Dates: Fri 16th of July to Fri 23rd of July
Cost: Free

GUM.b Global Urban Measures Study Tour

OUTR's Rosalea Monacella and Tom Harper led a group of 13 RMIT Landscape Architecture and Architecture students to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Can Tho) and China (Shanghai, Wujin and Suzhou)

The objectives of the studio were:
- To speculate on alternative urban morphologies for cities under the pressure of rapid urbanization.
- To address the multi-dimensional, the multi-disciplinary and the territorial/spatial nature of the water issue, in this case flooding and harvesting caused by rapid urbanization and severe environmental changes.
- To facilitate interpretative synthesis in terms of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a territory that faces the danger of flooding.

- To bridge the gap between sectors, between disciplines, between knowledge and policy by facilitating the formulation of territory-based strategic programs and projects that are capable to act as integrating devices.

The GUM.b exhibition will be held at RMIT Univerisity - School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne, City Campus. Building 8, Level 11 from Thursday 26th of August at 6.30pm.

You can visit the offical blog of GUM.b at
Workshop in RMIT Vietnam

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sol.A on Federation Square

As part of the State of Design Festival 2010, OUTR has again collaborated with Singapore based artist Grace Tan, from kwodrent to create Sol.A

Sol.A is a project that addresses environmental awareness, utilising the site’s natural environmental conditions to reveal creative possibilities for renewable energy.Sol.A is a project that engages with the community both visually and acoustically, exposing its audience to the importance of our current environmental issues, and exposing that design really is for everyone to discuss and be engaged by.

Images of Sol.A Prototype development.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sol.A on iRhino3D app

OUTR has recently been testing the new irhino3D application to communicate the work between team members and clients. It will no doubt prove to be a valuable tool in the future. 

Sol.A - Construction

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sol.A - CNC Routing

To fabricate the main structure of Sol.A at this scale, we used the services of Jon Schubert and his staff at Cut it out in Bayswater. The digital modelling was conducted in rhino before being exported as nested parts in a dwg (autoCAD) file for CNC routing.

Below are a collection of some parts of this process.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sol.A Terrestrial Scans of Federation Sqaure

This week OUTR set off down to Federation Square to map and scan the site for the upcoming SOL.a installation as a part of this years State of Design Festival. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sol.A Prototypes in testing

Designing through making is critical to the way we work. Below you will find some images of the process that evolved into the first iteration of Sol.A

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sol.A Conceptual Modelling

Sol.A in collaboration with Singaporean Artist Grace Tan from kwodrent conceptual modelling.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

OUTR Rebuilds it's Web Site

OUTR web site

Please note that we are currently still going through the updating process of transferring all of our projects into the new site.

Friday, July 2, 2010

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