Rapid climate change, heat island effect and in increase in temperatures in Melbourne are making us re-examine the role of the humble urban/suburban park. Funding for parks outside of the CBD is extremely low, rather than imagining this will change in the near future how can we use the current allocation of funds to create entirely new parks for people and biodiversity? How do we define the definition of a park?
How do we re-evaluate the current resource distribution to achieve new formal outcomes? Outside of playgrounds/sportsgrounds most parks are extremely underutilized, should we be putting human use as the prime driver in formal outcomes and usage?
The studio critiques the normative planting design praxis and typologies.
Banner image: Wenli Xia