James Melsom Senior Lecturer, tutors Nathan Galluzzo & Halyey Mulder
The territory adjacent to Newcastle on the Hunter River at the threshold to the Stockton sand dunes form the context for the studio, an urbanised landscape wrought in recent years by environmental extremes. The methodic testing of additional processes of erosion and deposition in the landscape, and alternate land-use typologies will result in a series of visions for future habitation and management of coastal territories.
The studio explores the large-scale transformation of the territory through geomorphological and anthropocene processes. By developing an understanding of the forces that have shaped the landscape since deep time, and the more recent transformation of the landscape through settlement, we can begin to propose future visions for the landscape.