|Name /||Category /||Date /|
|The Eloquent Forest||Teaching||2006|
|La Machina di Natura||Teaching||2007|
|Ventnor Beach Road||Teaching||2008|
|Ephemeral Architectures: Towards a Process Architecture||Research||2009|
|Geometries of Encounter||Teaching||2010|
|≤ 196 Parks - A SAALA practice-based studio||Teaching||2010|
|No Ideas but in Things||Teaching||2010|
|Seymour Lighthorse Park||Teaching||2010|
|Re Visioning Frankston's Local Parks||Research||2010|
|Punto in Aria||Teaching||2011|
|Stair as Event||Teaching||2011|
|Do The Wild Thang||Teaching||2011|
|Maribor 2112Ai: City in Extremis||Teaching||2012|
|LAcities: City works through time||Teaching||2012|
Re Visioning Frankston's Local Parks
A Design Research Scoping project
Stutterheim/Anderson Landscape Architecture, with RMIT, have recently developed a new Design Studio model, which introduces advanced students to Practice. Frankston’s Senior Landscape Architect, Sally Prideaux, and her Landscape team in Urban Strategy have engaged with this process, providing relevant base material and critical review of the resultant designs.
Frankston designated its total of 232 parks for consideration, of which 196 can be classified as ‘local parks’. Which became our focus - they are spaces difficult to develop for other purposes: pockets of green space within developments, easements associated with drainage lines, spaces that service a few courts, etc. All offer possibilities beyond their scale. As a network they offer greater possibilities still.
Students worked in teams, each team designing a suite of at least twenty of these local parks. The two parks on display were subsequently selected at SAALA for a further stage of design development, in order to propose real projects for Frankston City.
The two parks chosen for development both offer potential to be transformed into more valued and dynamic spaces by working with the existing site conditions to enhance these qualities and improve their appeal and use by the community.
This utility easement is broken up by several streets to which this space can be used to connect informally. It is lined by high paling fences, is grassed but otherwise has little vegetation. On this easement we propose a sequencing of emotions, with a repeated element that would give some rhythm to the journey. The element chosen is a paving similar in size to that of the surrounding paling fences. We also propose a design on the fence (coloring, breaking, folding) in order to create new perspectives, attract the view and intrigue the walkers.
We chose this park as a contrast - a water catchment reserve: a flat grassed area surrounded by a sloped barrier. Its topography is interesting because the slopes make a border between the street and the park. It is in a dynamic location, close to commercial and residential areas and in a coastal environment close to the bay. We propose a small wetland zone at the storm water point of the park as water collection and filtration, and a subtle, scattered planting of native grasses, flowers, tree plantings on the outer slope to enrich it's experiential qualities while providing habitat for animals/insects.