CONTAMI-NATURE works to repair lost green links in a heavily modified landscape. My focus has been moulded and inspired by the term long effort in befriending the Bays West Precinct, finding the truth in the landscape, and how time could be used to redefine its significance in the Sydney Ria. There are seven existing vegetation communities that inhabit the landscape surrounding the White Bay Power Station. A narrative of ecological oppression from the power station to the gradual return of habitats to the site is already expressing itself. I saw it as my duty of care as a landscape Architect to continue this narrative and ask, “How can the expansion of existing vegetation activate a deeper connection to the site and its systems?” A sparse Cenchrus meadow by the foreshore, fragmented Casuarina Forest, and a cluster of native trees were expanded in my design. The design was split into three stages. Designing with time is the foundation of this graduation studio. Discovering its opportunities to redefine the site at key moments, prepare for climatic disasters, and integrate community into my project timeline has been to entangle it with Sydney’s urban fabric. Prepare the site: 2 Years. Clean the Contaminants: 20 Years. The Grand Expansion: 50 Years. The transition between these three stages is documented in Figure 9. My design questioning and exploration will act as a precedent for the remainder of the Bays West Precinct development, and post-industrial landscapes that have surviving ecologies.
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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.