Urban forms are created through patterns of relationships between social, economic and environmental processes. If this is the case, could a landscape lead precinct that prioritises ecological and cultural infrastructure create a more diverse and inclusive landscape so that the city remains a socially, economically, politically and ecologically viable space for all? This project aims to investigate, through design, how the staging and implementation of a landscape lead design process at White Bay can develop an urban precinct that is diverse and inclusive for all. The philosophy of this design recognises humans as biological beings who require clean air and water to survive and thrive. As cities grow larger, it is important for us as designers to understand that the urban system is interconnected and detrimental to the function of larger ecological systems as well as to the quality of the lives we live. Post Industrial sites, like White Bay, provide ideal conditions to convey a new, regenerative view of the urban landscape that moves away from the destructive and reactive economic activities of the present. Instead this precinct aims to provide opportunities to acknowledge the past and transform our economy to work with the landscape.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.