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.