Friday, December 12, 2014

#GetSunflowered PaperDollsDanceStudio Outtakes

The film is a 'fun' showcase of outtakes of our friends at Paper Dolls Dance Studio when they recently helped us to promote our #getsunflowered community project that will be taking place this summer in Latrobe, Victoria.

Music by: Toi je ne t'oublierai pas by Francoise hardy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#GetSunflowered_New Film

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Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models: Repost from DIRT (ASLA)

Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models
11/19/2014 by The Dirt Contributor

Postcard from “Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View,” 2014 Architecture Biennale, Venice, showing a multi-layered perspective / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Z├╝rich, Switzerland, suggests that “topology” may be the word, for it speaks to the logic and intelligence of a landscape. Girot acknowledges his unique way of viewing: “I believe in the landscape as a body.” He means this in a very literal sense, emphasizing landscape’s physical qualities.

One of the first slides Girot flashes before the audience shows topology’s etymological roots: Topos (place) and logos (reason). Topology, he claims, is about sensing and conceiving landscape. Rather abstractly, topology, then, can define a way in which constituent parts are interrelated or arranged. This approach can be applied to landscape architecture through multi-layered visualizations, and new, multi-scalar methods of design.

(Girot borrows the term topology from philosophy, but also reclaims its original meaning from its contemporary mathematical association. Girot makes reference to Hans Kollhoff, who retrieved the term “tectonics” from the realm of volcanoes and inserted it into the core of architecture).

In practice, his use of point cloud modelling for large-scale projects emphasizes landscape’s elevational information. This means designing on a “skin,” an abstracted land form developed by filtering raw data and draping a point cloud. The raw data to which he is referring is what his team collects by sending flying drones with laser scanners over a landscape. Girot uses an incredibly complex coordinate system to achieve a level of precision previously unknown to landscape architects. If his lecture could be summed up by a single statement it would be this: Landscape architects must become masters of simulating reality for this is the future.

A term that Girot employed even more than topology is precision. Point cloud modelling, he argues, is the optimal tool for achieving precision because it achieves a precision competitive with the instruments employed by structural engineers. It elevates the position of the landscape architect, granting a heightened level of control and broadening the landscape architect’s territory. Girot reminds us of a time when engineers, architects, and landscape architects each practiced within their respective scalar domains (1:1-1:1000 versus 1:10,000-50,000, etc.). In contrast to this, today, point cloud modelling enables landscape architects to reverse the order by teaching engineers something about sensitivity.

Detail of a perspective generated from a point cloud model / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

What is astounding is how Girot has been able to apply this methodology, translating a seemingly infinite set of tiny informational dots into more than a pretty pointillist picture. (It is worth mentioning, however, that this does not preclude the possibility of an unlimited number of instant perspectives exported from zooming around in the point cloud model dimension.) While it is easy to gape at the seductive visualizations, such as the 20-meter projection of a fly-through made for Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View, the ETH’s contribution to the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Girot wants to make clear that this method is not just for show; it is a tool.

His animations present a new way of perceiving landscape, allowing viewers to experience an x-ray-like vision of the alps that situates the tunnel beneath a massive load, a measurable “void” beneath the modeled surface. The tunnel itself will alter the way in which visitors make their way “through the alps” by promising a 1-hour 40-minute journey without a single alpine view. In this case the model becomes a tool for communication rather than a tool for design.

Postcard from “Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View,” 2014 Architecture Biennale, Venice / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

While point cloud technology introduces new design methods to the field, it by no means guarantees the quality of a design. This technology can only bring us one step closer to a desired level of precision. For example, point cloud modelling is a tool that measures, with surprising accuracy, the extent of flood events on existing topography. For the ongoing project with the Future Cities Laboratory in Jakarta, Indonesia, Girot and his team use point cloud modelling to give definition to a landscape that lacks topographical data.

Girot generated a model of the polluted Ciliwung River to achieve the information required for a systems approach to dealing with a region where informal settlements established within the narrowing riverbed suffer from frequent flooding. With a virtual topography, or a “skin” of the river district, the lab succeeds in developing what Girot calls “the new Nolli plan,” an “urban bas relief” that reveals useful information for an urban strategy.

Detail from a bird’s eye view rendering made by the Future Cities Laboratory for the Ciliwung River project / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

Girot introduces to us a new design approach: communication through simulation. Here, precise data-based 3D modeling precedes the design of a landscape.

This guest post is by Lara Mehling, Master’s of Landscape Architecture candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

GetSunflowered_Working horses on Churchill Island

This short movie depicts Brian Pinches and his colleagues from Heritage Draught Horse Club,, who will be working the ground in Traralgon, Saturday 13th December 2014, for the #Get Sunflowered project.

The project is part of the Reactivate Latrobe Valley initiative that will see a number of different spaces across Latrobe City come to life when thousands of sunflowers bloom in summer. Each site will be transformed through a range of sunflower designs that will allow people to have different experiences, creating a happy and vibrant trail right through our city.

To find out more, visit:

Monday, December 1, 2014

New OUTR Project Release - Indisguise

We have released a new project to the www called Indisguise.
Please >>>>Click Here<<<<  to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract: 
In Disguise is the title of the proposed Moorabbin Junction project for the Street 14 Competition that intends to inspire and challenge our understanding of what a street, park, and square may be, and perhaps what they might be in defining public space in our cities.

What is public space?, I want change…, What is public?, Who owns the streets?, Who is the public?, Who owns this space?, Is it a park , Is it a street , A disguise…¸ Yes, it is hidden…, Is it a square, Is it a foyer, Life on the streets, A camouflage of what it could be, a, b, c, d or all of the above, Is it a shop, Is it a retail space, A prop-propped up, Is it a backyard, Is it a front yard, Is it a theatre,

We need change…


Spring Festival 2014

Held on 28th - 30th November, 2014
Commercial Road, Morwell

Thank you to everyone that made this a fantastic event! Please visit
for more information on upcoming events!

As promised, the Spring Design and Farmers Market and Festival did not disappoint. Hundreds gathered throughout the weekend on Commercial Rd and Tarwin St to be part of this exciting 3 day event. Locals, residents of surrounding towns, as well as people from Melbourne made their way to the festival to experience the creativity of the local community. This talent was demonstrated through live music and performances, various types of cuisines, art and design stalls that all set up a vibrant atmosphere in the town.

Friday Night saw both the Movie In The Park - (Free Event) that screened Chef and Frozen, as well as the Music In The Park / Pop-Up Park.

The event was free and open to anyone, which allowed for various demographics to interact in the one setting.The roads were closed and became entirely accessible by pedestrians

The ambition of this Spring Festival (Similar to previous ones) was to intensify town centres, strengthen local communities, support micro industries, and in turn begin to transform and ReBrand the region.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Construction Time-lapse Release

We have now been able to release the 3 day Construction Time-lapse for #GetParked on our website, youtube channel and of course below.

We also would like to personally give a big thank-you to our clients, partners and contractors.

Parks Victoria, Healthy Parks Healthy People
AILA, (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, NSW)
IUCN  World Parks Congress Sydney 2014
Tripoint Rigging Services
Andreasens Green
Design Landscapes
Medical Simulation Supplies
2K labware
National Parks Service
Conservation Volunteers
Active in Parks 
Medibank Community Fund
RMIT University

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IUCN World Parks Congress LAST DAY!! _ Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked)

Today is the final day of the World Parks Congress in Sydney_2014. If your are in Sydney we would highly recommend going to have a look!

If you can't, then please go to the website>> or the facebook page , to have a look at all the great work that has been happening regarding world parks this last week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Open to the congress

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Buttons and Bags

Images say it all we think.

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) at the IUCN World Parks Congress

With today being the opening of the IUCN World Parks Congress, we can offically release the animation that we completed for the event, and that was also shown by AILA (NSW) last friday.

In coming posts we will be blogging on some of the completed images of the design and a time-lapse of the construction process.

above: the branding button for #getparked

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) It is Ready!!!

And we are done! The whole team are very happy not to mention tired, and we hope people enjoy GetParked!!! Time for pizza!

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Team fitting out 2500 seedlings shelving

Assembling Flows - Nature's Cathedral at the IUCN World Parks Congress - Day 3

450 IV bags, filled with water and food dye form the inventory of our irrigation system.

Hanging the irrigation system one by one.

The irrigation network, calibrated to drip once every 30 seconds.

Some smaller details and finishing touches.

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) International Ranger station

The Rangers have finished setting out their area.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Trees root ball fitout

The root ball of one of our 4.5 meter Hills Fig (Ficus hilli) being fitted with the hessian.

Ascending species - Nature's Cathedral at the IUCN World Parks Congress - Day 2

Up goes the scaffolding . . .

Figuring out our custom electronics, making the trees responsive to their environment. Now they make tweeting noises triggered by motion sensors.

The last of scaffolding is up, ready for suspending the canopy.

Ascending species, 2 days to go till Nature’s Cathedral!

Monday, November 10, 2014

From foundations to lift off - Nature's Cathedral at the IUCN World Parks Congress - Day 1

Laying the foundations of Nature’s Cathedral
OUTR are representing Parks Victoria for the IUCN World Parks Congress in Olympic Park, Sydney.

Show casing the OUTR temporary Sydney work station with all the essentials . . . . sewing machines, zip ties, jiffy pots, endless scaffolding and not to mention some post-lunch baclava.

The crew setting up nature’s life support: Calibrating a series of IV bags, supplying the trees with their essential need for water.

To be filled . . . turf bean bags, for your comfort. Sit down, relax and gaze up at the canopy.

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Trees Cages Unloading

In order to support the trees and their weight we have specially designed and had produced steal cages to contain each trees root ball. Complete with drip tray!

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Trees Unloading

The Trees are being unloaded as we speak/blog, and range from 8m (1000KG) to 4m (300kg)
Each of these will be suspended 3m above the ground, and will allow for circulation to pass directly underneath!

Nature's Cathedral (#GetParked) Trees Arrive at the Dome

On site this morning and it is all happening!
The trees have just arrived from our friends and project partners "Andreasens Green", which is very exciting!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Students present ConnectiviCity Studio

Yesterday (30th Oct), students that had undertaken the ConnectiviCity Studio, lead by the OUTR Research Group had their final presentation. Congratulations to all the students involved.

We would also like to thank Bart Brands from Karres and Brands Landscape Architects, who was a special guest critic.

Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

About the studio:

The studio explored the landscape as a medium of urbanisation unfolding through designed events over time that define the Connected City and ‘address issues of cities and their making’.

The urban landscapes that are our cities are rarely defined by a single governing body, rather they are shaped over time through an assemblage of events enacted by a diverse range of stakeholders very often with differing ambitions. These events connect and shape the built environment, and significantly contribute to how we live and identify ourselves.

The studio will explore the design of events at a range of scales of time and space as a means of orchestrating, connecting, and shaping the urban landscape through the integration of the ecological function, and economic and social conditions that define the city as ‘Urban by Nature’.

The studio will operate on the City of Latrobe that currently exists in name only, and is not necessarily prescribed to by its constituent towns of Morwell, Moe and Traralgon. The challenge of the studio is to connect these towns through the landscape approached as a deployment of events that act to catalyse the stability and growth of the new connected Latrobe City.

This is a live project that will be engaging with key Latrobe City stakeholders (local government, community groups, specific industry representatives, etc), that seeks to address specific issues of the region, celebrate the unique qualities of place, and offer alternate futures.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

24 Hour City Melbourne Knowledge Week: Participants

Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The 24hour City forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people through Melbourne at night. The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the city's growth and vitality.

Speakers include:

Janet Bolitho
Janet Bolitho is the President of the Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM). A former mayor and councillor at the City of Port Phillip, she is deeply interested in all facets of urban sustainability. RSAGIM seeks to influence the road safety discussion to more strongly represent walkers and cyclists.

Bart Brands 
Bart Brands founded Karres and Brands landscape architects together with Sylvia Karres in 1997. Bart has an affinity with both landscape architecture and architecture, as well as urban development.

Jonathan Daly
Jonathan is a Founding Partner of and Head of Behaviourology at Mutfung. This interdisciplinary practice combines behaviour change and behavioural design. His work questions the relationship between people and place, developing a deeper understanding of how urban environments can be better designed for the human condition.

Craig Douglas
As a co-director of the Office of Urban Transformations Research Laboratory he explores design as the agent for understanding and responding to the challenges of the built environment in a rapidly changing complex world. Craig is currently the co-ordinator of Design Research Studio Stream at RMIT University, where he is also pursuing a PhD.

Kerry Hylton
Kerry Hylton is a member of the City of Melbourne’s City Issues Team and has over 20 years of experience working in local government both in Australia and overseas. As Social Planner – Safe Environments, her role is to contribute to improving the safety and wellbeing of city users by building integrated strategies in partnership with stakeholders.

Frven Lim
Recognised in 2010 as one of the 20 most prominent Singapore architects under the age of 45, Frven is responsible for design excellence at the practice Surbana. His training and experience spans across his years at the Architectural Association, the Singapore Institute of Architects as well as his constant involvement in projects of all typologies, scales and geographical locations.

Rosalea Monacella
Dr Rosalea Monacella is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University and the co-director of the Office of Urban Transformation Research laboratory. Her research focuses on the specialisation of emergent urban fields and the exploration of the diagram as a material operation, which considers the transformation of formal structures that adapt to the changing measures and orders of an urban landscape.

Marie Claire O’Hare
A trained architect and urban designer, Marie Claire O’Hare works as a Senior Urban Designer within the City of Melbourne’s Urban Design and Docklands Branch. Her project management and design experience ranges from small scale residential design through to large scale architectural and urban master planning projects spanning Australia, Europe and America.

Cathy Oke
First elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008, Dr Cathy Oke is a scientist and environmental consultant with 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. At the City of Melbourne, Cathy is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee.

Flora Salim
Dr Flora Salim is a Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science and IT and also an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry). She is also associated with the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), School of Architecture and Design and RMIT Design Research Institute.

Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm, Thursday 30 October 2014
Location: RMIT Design Hub, 150 Victoria St, Carlton 
Free event
Register now via Eventbrite

#24 hour city forum - Melbourne Knowledge Week Thursday 30th
#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#24hour City: melbourne knowledge week -- Guardian Q&A ' Are 24-hour cities good for you?"

#24 hour city forum - Melbourne Knowledge Week Thursday 30th
#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity

Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people through Melbourne at night.

The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the city's growth and vitality.

To register your attendance, please visit:

Also recent dialogue from the #24 hour city article in the Guardian

"Cities may market themselves on being “24 hour” hubs, providing activities for their citizens around the clock – but is this what we want? What are the benefits and problems of a 24-hour city? How does the night-time economy impact the city and the wellbeing of its occupants of both day and night? Your thoughts

Friday, October 24, 2014

Upcoming Event: '24 Hour City' Melbourne Knowledge Week 30.10. 2014

#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity
Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people
through Melbourne at night.

The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the City’s growth and vitality.

Please >>>>>click here<<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website

Daily blog updates to follow

New OUTR Project Release_Seeding Moe

We have released a new project to the www called Seeding Moe.
Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract:
Urban Seeding is part of the larger project, ReActivate Latrobe Valley. Its mission is to activate sites for temporary uses while waiting for more permanent forms of development. 

sunflower seeds!!!!

This morning we were excited to receive our first bag of sunflower seeds from Rob Christie at Nuseed for the Get Sunflowered project in Latrobe Valley.

Thanks Nuseed, this is going to be a beautiful event.

Friday, October 3, 2014

We Won, Nature's Cathedral- New OUTR Project Release

We are now able to share that we have been awarded as the winner of the Pop Up Park Competition for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

Please also >>>>Click Here<<< to see AILAs Press release.
Our project is called nature’s cathedral, and we are currently in design development and construction phase, which will see it on display in Sydney from 12 to 19 November 2014.

Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract:
Nature’s Cathedral is the title of the proposed pop-up park for the IUCN World Parks Congress that is intended to inspire and challenge our understanding of what a park is, and perhaps what they might be.

The trees are suspended at a height to inspire the reverence which we generally attribute to our ‘natural environment’. However, the trees are also exposed, and held in stasis by the ‘structure’ of man in the form of the scaffold armature. The composition is to simultaneously celebrate the beauty of the natural, and question our relationship to it that potentially both supports its being, and potentially restricts its matter.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a global event involving some 4,000 delegates from 160 countries to focus attention on the value and importance of parks. Held once a decade, the theme is Parks, Planet, people: inspiring solutions and it will showcase nature's solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges such as food and water security and human health.

Monday, September 22, 2014

ReActivate: Latrobe Valley - This Space Launch

The launch of This Space, an artist run initiative that turned the Traralgon Court House into a temporary art gallery, on the 5th of September.

19 and 20 year-old Boolarra residents were busy filling the heritage listed building with installation art, including a zorb-like chandelier made out of plastic-wrap legs, video projections and string zigzagging across the corridor.

Image credit: Bryan Petts-Jones, Latrobe Valley Express

 They will be occupying the space for 6 weeks before moving on to a yet to be confirmed site in Morwell.

"It's a little bit confronting for people who are from older generations, who come in and say, 'Where are the paintings?' I like that, that's what we're trying to do, push the boundaries and stir up a raucous."