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Teaching: Communicating landscape strategies

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We love working with the next generation of designers. Joining students on their semester-long journeys of analysis and discovery through the design process is an inspiring and rewarding challenge. We especially enjoy the collaboration – it means we're right there to witness ideas strengthen through finessed visual and verbal communication.

This past semester, Loren was part of the teaching team for a Landscape Architecture design studio at the University of Western Australia. ‘Studio Expansions: Landscape as Strategy’, led by Sarah May, encouraged students to develop a future-focused landscape master plan for Matilda Bay, paying particular attention to riparian biodiversity and city-scale connections to balance environmental, educational and recreational opportunities presented by the site.

The studio was grounded in the discourses of Landscape Urbanism and Landscape Ecology, with students establishing theoretical underpinnings to their design responses. To help distil how design can be used to discover and define the spatial, temporal and cultural terrains of the city, a series of guest lectures were given throughout the semester by industry experts. Students heard wide-ranging perspectives from Dan Firns of UDLA, Julian Bolleter of AUDRC, Paul Verity of Syrinx Environmental, Sandra Harben of the School of Indigenous Studies, UWA, Maryam Berenji of the City of Fremantle and Simon Kilbane of UTS and, in the lead-up to folio, students visited the offices of Place Laboratory to present their schemes.

It was a big studio; big ambitions, big site and countless big pieces of paper communicating design moves across scales. The current end of semester exhibition at in the Cullity Gallery at the School of Design offers a solid snippet of the work carried out by the students this semester. Big ups and congratulations to the students, the guest experts and Sarah May – we’ve thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with you all over the last few months.

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