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.

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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.