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Design strategies to develop linear sites

In Melbourne, superficial rail tracks in medium to low-density suburbs often create fractures in the urban fabric. These fractures are generally defined by steep sloped retaining walls that support elevated rail tracks. The results of these urban accidents, which produce spatial disconnections and programmatic disarticulations, are unresolved spatial encounters that create residual spaces and desolated laneways.

In this studio students will have the opportunity to reflect up on these particular circumstances, exploring ideas to reactivate and consolidate such areas in order to create a series of interventions including a community center and a sequence of inspiring public spaces. To achieve this, students will work on a 400-meter stretch alongside the rail tracks between Balaclava Train Station and Grosvenor St. This stretch is conformed by a sequence of different spaces, ranging from narrow laneways to green pockets (small and large) including William St Reserve.

In this context, the studio asks: is it possible to create linear interventions that take advantage of the spatial circumstances that produce such unexpected events? The studio seeks to find specific design strategies to highlight this urban condition, in particular through the activation of desolated laneways and residual spaces and their connection with the surrounding areas.


ARC 2003
Mondays 2.00 to 5.00
Thursdays 9.30 to 12.30

Studio leader: Isabel Lasala

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