Landscape Studio 4: Strategies

Climate Responsive Landscape Planning Strategy

Studio leader: Jenny Yu


As an increasing number of planning projects have engaged with climatic, geographic, hydrological, cultural, and other data as a strong support for decision-making, the studio is to enhance student’s abilities to use GIS applications to digitise and analyse data to make critical decisions in landscape planning. The aim is to create sustainable and livable frame for the city through establishing climate responsive landscape planning strategy, especially engaging with climatic conditions and other relevant influential factors at a metropolitan level. In this studio, students will have Melbourne as their project site base to identify one or more suitable site(s) using ArcGIS for establishing site-specific design strategies.

Students will engage with land development from large scale of master planning to medium scale of site planning to generate a vision for the further. With the aid of Geographical Information System and the support of data, this studio will explore the potential of making data and research informed landscape decisions to form the base for detailed spatial design and establishing evidence-based framework and strategies to guide the planning and design process. As the extensive engagement with multidisciplinary thinking in climate, hydrology, ecology, culture, and policies, students will be able to reconsider their roles and leadership possibility in the design realm.

In developing their projects, students will focus on collecting and digitizing relevant data using GIS applications and drawing the conclusion to mitigate environmental problems such as climate change, air pollution and other socioeconomic issues for future development in Melbourne. By learning in GIS tutorials, students will develop skills in GIS for spatial analysis, computational simulation, 3-D visualization, landscape capacity/suitability analysis for decision-making to identify a site (or several ones) as the base for further design. For the second half of the studio, students will be challenged to set up rationales and strategic moves to guide the site detailed planning, which responds to initial data analysis and future development plans.

Landscape Architecture 2020_summer