Landscape Studio 5
Sustainable Urbanism

Art by the River

Studio leader: Madhu Lakshmanan


Two sister rivers flow through Melbourne, the Yarra and Maribyrnong. Whilst the Melbourne CBD and Docklands are synonymous with the Yarra riverfront, the Maribyrnong River receives much less attention from locals and tourists. The Maribyrnong River Valley extends from natural bushlands in the west to Port of Melbourne in the south. It links a variety of public open spaces offering glimpses of the industrial port, historic wharves, racecourse and cultural sites. It serves as an important green wedge for the greater Melbourne area. The Maribyrnong River Valley Guidelines sets out a framework and vision for consistent planning and development of the river interface (DPCD,2010) and focusses on developing a healthy river.

The Footscray Community Arts Centre is located within the Riverside precinct of the Maribyrnong City Council Planning Scheme. The precinct is approximately 18 hectares in area and is located near the mouth of Maribyrnong River, just 400 m east of Footscray Railway Station and 4 km west of Melbourne CBD. The subject site is located within the Riverside Precinct and covers an area of 12.5 Hactares.

The Arts precinct presents an excellent master planning and landscape design opportunity. Students will develop creative solutions to shape the arts precinct to better respond to the riverside as an integrated waterfront and mixed-use development. Students will demonstrate sustainability outcomes for their proposals by exploring the themes of energy, water, waste, materials, community and biodiversity to minimise environmental impact.

Landscape Architecture 2020_summer