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Information about the RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Research Upper Pool Studio
The course is offered as part of the RMIT course work Master in Landscape Architecture and as capstone studio 6 for the RMIT Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design.
As the course contains a travel component, RMIT students may apply for scholarships here: RMIT Students Financial support options
There is a material fee to cover the cost for accommodation and travel in Japan.
Students are also responsible to organize their Visa to enter Japan. A short term tourism visa is ok. Japanese Embassy Melbourne
All travel to Japan is to be organized by students. All travel in Japan will be organized by the course leader.
The course will meet in Tokyo on Monday 14th November at 1pm at the accommodation which will be organized by the course leader. The course will finish with the final presentation in Tokyo on Friday 25th November.
If you want, you can start looking for flights: JetStar
Launching the third installment of an RMIT Landscape Architecture travel studio forthcoming in November 2016, I am (re)discovering my design lineage in Naito Hiroshi who I was fortunate enough to have supervise my PhD.
An overarching hypothesis for the studio is embedded in the idea formulated by Hiroshi Naito who describes the relationship between detail construction, craftsmanship, material and landscape in the concept of “Protoscape”. Naito argues for timeless and purposeful Architecture informed by materiality and detail – specific to each landscape.
“I would like to bring landscape to reside in the details, and to place architecture in an intermediate position between landscape and materials through a perpetual shifting between landscape and materials, in the design process.
To design is none other than to depict the character of the landscape seeking expression in the details.”
Hiroshi Naito, Innerscape
The site for the design exploration is Hashikami Koyo Koko , a site with a potential to inform a new understanding of the relationship of site, landscape, material and form in an affective geometry.
Naito Sensei taught me to observe detail and see relationships emerge; this not only in physical but more so in metaphysical relations of legislative boundaries and ways of which those can be overcome through forms.
Hashikami is the site for a design project that looks at literally learning form the past:
I have sourced aerial photos form 1947 onward to trace landscape patterns, built environment, water systems to understand the relationship of growth over the past 70 years into vulnerable areas.
This is a first raw image of the 1947 vegetation pattern and housing and a 2011 aerial image.
The light blue squares are 1947 building plots, 2011 mostly unharmed. The vegetation pattern of trees (red outline) established in the 1947 illustrates the deforestation in the post WWII period.