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Fundamental Forces

Design Research Studio, RMIT University

Trees are so much part of our urban environment that we tend to relegate them to the humdrum background of our awareness. They survive against terrific odds, as widening streets encroach, and their space is allocated to further development. In recent years, the additional pressure put on them by increasing urban heat load and the southward trend of hotter climatic belt are becoming more apparent. Fortunately for Melbourne, its city council understands their value to our lives. And to the sequestering of Carbon Dioxide.

As designers, however, our role and responsibility is to understand their value as place makers, space makers, and providers of shade and beauty. But each tree has its species’ particular qualities and requirements.

The studio will begin by looking to what drives the engine of the world’s angle of movement and how these fundamentally establish the seasons, the weather and the climatic forces which have given rise to trees.

Trees have very particular needs: these we will attend to through research of surface materials, emerging techniques for increasing infiltration and edge conditions. The main focus will be on the qualities of trees. Drawing is an action which embeds awareness into our thoughts; drawing is thinking, To refine our awareness of these, we will be doing many hand drawings. These will include observational drawings and scaled measured drawings.

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