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Hotel Pelicano – Neha & Ben

The Australian Pelican is a significant component of the Lake Eyre Basin. This species survive

Within the existing natural conditions currently found throughout the Australian Landscape. It is because of the pelican’s ecological and environmental importance that we must continue to plan for the species healthy and contempt future. This region transforms through heavy floods every few years which witnesses the migration of various fauna and flora. The Australian Pelican is one such animal which highly depends on these ephemeral conditions to survive. Every flood season, hundreds of thousands of pelicans travel to the area to take advantage of the flourishing natural ecologies. There is a need to create heightened opportunities for these birds to breed, to allow for the continuation of this natural phenomenon.

 

The aim of this conservation plan is to amplify the existing conditions in order to facilitate the migratory patterns of the Australian pelican. Our strategy combines the movement of sediments with the organization of magnetic rocks, as tools to assist potential migratory patterns. This results in the extension of sandbars, consequently creating additional breeding and feeding zones. The manipulation of sediment fluctuations and the introduction of magnetites in the lake also increase the fresh water areas, therefore providing numerous habitats for several local species. This plan does not attempt to impact upon the existing systems, rather, work within its natural limits and acknowledge its transient conditions over time.

Hotel Pelicano – Neha & Ben

Life in Motion – Emma & Bonnie & Kirsten

How to measure the landscape with the landscape? And how to use this line of measurement as a point of orientation? A line that vanishes and emerges, sometimes interrupting or redirecting the sediment flows, sometimes going along with the flow and lightly drawing out or highlighting its existing course. This experience of landscape is an experience based on movement. This line is a series of moments but does not need to be experienced in a linear way. A field of points are chosen to highlight or reveal existing sediment migratory patterns and the changes they exhibit. The line engages with the layers of salt sediment and wetness. These points acquire their interest and dynamism through how they engage with the processes present at that particular point of the site. Over time the intensity of these points will fluctuate as seasonal events converge to reorganise the site. These insertions act to not only orientate our place in the landscape but also to record the conditions and forces that act on those points and to document these forces over time. The interventions amplify existing organisational tendencies of the site, the accretion of salt, the degrees of wetness and humidity to build a self-generative infrastructure; which is recorded in the ground condition. The sedimentary flows and the varying degrees of wetness on the site seep and accrue into conditions that produce topography, vegetation paths and the formation of a salt crust. The crust responds to human interaction, you can touch, taste and smell it.

Life is Motion – Emma & Bonnie & Kirsten

Multicell Assemblage – Kelvin & Rajiv

A storm is described as any disturbed state of any atmospheric body, of which especially affects surface and strongly implying severe weather and sudden climatic changes. It is a phenomena identified by an existence of strong winds, heavy freezing precipitation, hail, thunder and lightning during its operation. With this, the storm has particular effect on the landscape, the way it batters on the landscape, dumping great amounts or rain and winds in a short span of time, ranging on average between 10minutes to 1hour. The storms violent and turbulent nature has the ability to shift ands, water and earth on a massive scale. As a result, the landscapes geological morphology will undergo a series of sometimes mild but sometimes sever degrees of transformations and distortions. The idea of sand through time becomes an emerging phenomenon relative to the particular barchans, or evens resulting from the migration conditions. The wind carries the sand, but the pile of sand disturbs the wind. The nature of a sand dune is that its form may be unpredictable; we can to an extent however, predict how the dunes will build up with an introduction of planting design. All in all, the storm is acting as the agent, because of the storm, we achieve the concept of sand migration which is unique, dynamic and though the idea of time and it becomes a self – organised landscape.

Multicell Assemblage – Kelvin & Rajiv

Exploration X Salt – Simon & Charlie

The Lake Eyre basin is a system, which is in a constant state of flux be it through its programs, complex ecosystems, topography and form. With current technologies such as satellite imagery, real time on ground surveillance and terrestrial scanning techniques these new technologies are used to give a vast understanding of the landscape that surrounds us. Despite theses advancements, some areas remain widely unmapped and misunderstood. How can certain areas still remain unknown, unclassified and grey? By understanding the way in which humans and animals alike both interact with the site we can establish certain nodal points of interest and overlook alike; and speculate the reasons for this occurring. The ground plane plays a huge part in the shaping of the systems and with the couple effect of water; suddenly changes in habitat and ecosystems which seemed dormant or unestablished begin to occur and fluctuate immediately. How can an understanding of these systems begin to form part of a design intervention to tweak/re-interpret certain locations on site?

Exploration X Salt – Simon & Charlie

Accumulated Deposition – Jing & Karol

Lake Eyre is the biggest salt lake in Australia, it covers approximately one sixth of the country. It goes through heavy floods every few years which creates a booming, resourceful landscape that attracts Australian Pelicans from the coast of Australia. This project aims to create a nesting zone for this specie, in order to enable their migration over flood seasons. Within the lake a series of islands can be found, they are either taken over by the pelicans or covered by the floods. One of the largest islands was identified as the potential site. The analysis of the tendencies of this landscape over time allowed for an understanding that the floods may occur more frequently and therefore more pelicans would inhabit the space. This design is not invasive in the sense that the island creation occurs in a natural manner. The strategy involves utilizing under water plants as a way of slowing water down, and consequently allowing for sediment build up to occur where the island currently exists. Posidonia Australia is a species of seagrass that occurs in the southern water of Australia. It is found at depths from 1 metre to 15 metres. Subsurface rhizomes and roots provide stability in the sands it occupies, erect rhizomes and leaves reduce the accumulation of silt. Therefore, using this planting scheme will allow for the natural growth of the island and provide larger nesting areas for the Australian Pelican.

Accumulated Deposition – Jing & Karol