Craig Douglas, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University
The Landscape Architecture program, RMIT University was invited by Grand Designs to be a part of the exhibition Grand Designs Live at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne. As a major industry event, the students really enjoyed engaging with industry but also engaging specific people in industry. The students really enjoyed getting fantastic feedback from Kevin McCloud and Peter Maddison. The project challenged students to design innovative landscape works and this was specifically attuned to the fact that the exhibition was indoor and so it actually gave us a chance to think about how do you design a landscape for an indoor environment. Andrew Bellman, Landscape Architecture student
Our project is an archway for housing our ferns and it was informed by a study of the gill and we looked at the structure of a gill and what it could provide in terms of housing the fern and how to accommodate them. Jason Cahill, Landscape Architecture student
What informed our design was using the rules of a spiral and in this case we used the Fibonacci Sequence and it just shows how you could use something simple to generate a very complex structure. James Frew, Landscape Architecture student
Our project’s called Impostor and it’s based around the geometrical patterns that come into play when bubbles form and become a foam. Nicole Cavanagh, Landscape Architecture student
We made the pieces and then we tested out what sort of spaces we could create. So we wanted a space where you could walk around, sit down and view the planting which we put on which was informed by the lighting which informed the intense amount of growth on the different areas of the space that we’ve created. Craig Douglas
This is also a wonderful event to actually challenge and celebrate the students’ capabilities through design and specifically taking on board some of the things that we offer at RMIT such as rapid prototyping 3D modelling and the simulating and testing. The exhibition was a great opportunity for RMIT students to exhibit their work to the public but perhaps even more importantly it was a way for the students to kind of understand how the public engage with their work. Nicole Cavanagh
So often you create things in Rhino and you don’t ever get to see them made and you never really get to think about whether or not it actually can be made. So to actually sit in the space and experience at all and see if it’s working or failing, it’s the best thing ever to see.
Previously we used to use a lot of paperwork and, like, Autocad and we used to see it virtually but this is actually on the ground stuff and the fabrication of something is very important I think as a designer. Xiaoyu Liu, Landscape Architecture student
And when we do one-to-one model I really learned a lot of things from other people in other groups from our teacher and from the guys in the workshop. Andrew Bellman
It’s been very frustrating and a lot of hours gone in but it’s been great to work in a group because everyone brings different ideas and techniques and I think together we’ve achieved something that we really could never have done on our own.