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LARA 3212

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Lara is a township of approximately 8,000 people on the outskirts of Geelong. Most people would only recognize the name as a minor turn-off from the Princess Highway on the drive between Melbourne and Geelong.

Due to its proximity to both Melbourne and Geelong, Lara is subject to many significant pressures, including: 1. the need to revitalize the township, 2. the demand to expand its residential holdings, and 3. the desire to maintain its ‘essential’ semi-rural lifestyle. LARA 3212 Studio focuses on what is specific to ‘semi-rural’ towns close to major urban centers and explores how these places can maintain their specific qualities in the face of the many competing pressures confronting them.

Beginning with a sequence of master plan propositions, students will investigate a variety of modes of urban design and their related outcomes and progress to generate Landscape Architectural design projects for Lara which respond to and draw upon these experiences and understandings.

This practice based studio places specific attention on how we can design places which are distant and/or unfamiliar to us. The practice of Landscape Architecture often involves designing for/with just these kinds of communities, sites and programs Surprisingly and somewhat frustratingly, these projects often have little budgetary scope or indeed time set aside for meaningful site visits.

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