Studio leader: Dr Anna Hooper
Enterprize Park is located on the north side of the Yarra River and lies between Queens Bridge and Kings Street Bridge. (Image: Nearmap). For many thousands of years this site on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River) was a crossing point and meeting place of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation.. As the site of the Indigenous art installation Scar: A Stolen Vision since 2003, it also the place of Melbourne Day ceremonies marking the arrival of schooner The Enterprize in 1835, bringing the ﬁrst white settlers to what is now called Melbourne.
In recent decades there have been numerous proposals for Enterprize Park including the development of an Indigenous cultural precinct, an improved riverfront promenade, and an outdoor swimming pool and wetland.
Framed by the 6 leaves of Sustainable Urbanism (ecology, community, water, energy, waste, and materials), in this studio the design process and ﬁnal project proposal will also be informed by the City of Melbourne’s inclusion of public art installations through the city.
Students will explore the contested histories of Enterprize Park and its relationships with the people of this area (and beyond) and, based on further research, develop a Master Plan and 2 detailed zones within the precinct. It is expected that one of these will be a Provocative Gesture – a landscape (art) installation that confronts the site’s historic, contemporary, and (possible) future narratives.
Dr Anna Hooper has taught in MSD since 2013 and has led a number of Master of Landscape Studios as well as teaching Landscape and Architecture histories. Her interest in large-scale public art installations and sustainable design forms the basis of this studio. Provocation: something that arouses, stimulates or incites Reconciliation: the act of restoring differences.
Image: Enterprize Park is located on the north side of the Yarra River and lies between Queens Bridge and Kings Street Bridge. (Image: Nearmap).