Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Students prepare for Interface Studio

Currently, a group of Upper Pool Landscape Architecture Students at RMIT are preparing their work for the INTER/FACE Studio Final Review. The work is being lead by the OUTR Research Group, and once again focuses on exploring alternative adaptive futures for the Coal Mines and their related townships.

Final Review- Wednesday 8th June, Design Hub Melbourne
Exhibition- Friday 10th June, Design Hub Melbourne

We would also like to thank,
Cr. Peter Gibbons (Latrobe City Council)
Nicholas Aberle (Environment Victoria)
who will be special guest critics.

About the studio: Please read on below

This studio will be exploring alternative adaptive futures for the Coal Mines in Victoria and their related townships. As the production of coal and coal-fired power stations near its end how might the massive open-cut mines not simply be remediated but play a significant role in the future of the Region through ecological, economical, and social structures?

Current policy dictates a minimal remediation of the open-cut coal mines which would see the batters altered to a ‘safe’ and ‘stable’ grade, the mine allowed to very slowly fill with water, and a security fence constructed around the perimeter. This process is economically effective for the mining company in the short term, however it is potentially disastrous for the township in the long term. As a strategy the current remediation policy completely disconnects the adjacent township from any future economic, social, or ecological benefit by failing to recognise the potential alternative productive landscape that the mine could become.

The challenge of this studio is to design adaptive and productive futures for the open-cut coal mines across physical and temporal (short term and long term futures) that form a ‘new’ landscape embracing the mine, the town, and the region through the consideration of the economic, ecological, and social.