designing for environmental education

Curtin University - Semester 2 2018.

Project Description

This project centres around ideas of community, school-aged children, and environmental education. The aim for the project is for the place to become a cultural and art hub as well, raising the profile of the BCF, securing the future of the BCF through self-sustainability (revenue making through usage fees), attracting future funding and providing a centre for future conservation for the local Bushlands. It is important that the project allows the community to be at one with the surrounding bush, building on the sensory experience of the forest strengthening the community’s connection to nature.
This project provides an avenue to identify the key ways in which the sense of place is created for different stakeholders, and what is required to sustain this. The studio project will embed sustainability, cultures and environment in the learning experiences and the designed outcome of this project.

Learning Methodology

Unit Learning outcome 1: Research and analyse best practice exemplars and case studies as a tool for referencing and generating a design response
As future architects, students will be developing their understanding of how architects and designers come to know the contexts in which they design, and to which they must inevitably respond. Students will be learning how to understand the meaning that is invested in place by others, and the different meanings that a place may have and how to share their understanding of the experiences of others. Students will be exploring how this understanding influence their ideas and their architectural response to site and program.
Unit Learning Outcome 2: Integrate design knowledge and industry requirements into a conceptual design framework
The studio is a collection of smaller projects, and while students will be assessed on their individual component, this is a collaborative studio. Students will be expected to communicate and coordinate their work with their peers, using the shared meanings that emerge to demonstrate their understanding of this transformative project and the potential for the community to thrive.
Unit Learning Outcome 3: Develop and present a design with an increasing level of resolution that articulates conceptual thinking whilst meeting industry standards and expectations
The outcomes of this studio will be used to present the project to stakeholders for approval, to promote the project to the broader community, to describe to potential funding sources, and to apply for bu

How does this studio match PlaceAgency Objectives?

The project provides a platform for students to engage with stakeholders in order to understand the sense of place and value placed on this forest by the community.
In this collaborative studio, students will be developing their skills in negotiation, communication and leadership, as they develop and document their designs, and respond to the needs of complex stakeholder groups from diverse backgrounds and with different capabilities and capacity to contribute. Students will engage with stakeholders, and each other, meaningfully and critically through effective communication and respectful collaboration.

Activities – Studio Outline

ActivityDescriptionKey dates for activitiesKey learning objectives
Week 1Understanding Contexts3 August-
Week 2Site Visit10 August-
Week 3Coordinating Contexts17 August-
Week 4Submission - Design Proposal24 August-
Week 5Independent Progress31 AugustN/A
Week 6Industry Design Reviews7 September-
Week 7Site Visit14 September-
Week 8Submission - Design Project21 September-
Week 9Independent Progress28 SeptemberN/A
Week 10Developing The Design5 October-
Week 11Detailing Your Component12 October-
Week 12Curating Your Experiences19 October-
Week 13The Collective Response - Design Review26 October-
Week 14Submission - Documentation2 November-
Week 15Independent Progress9 NovemberN/A
Week 16Independent Progress16 NovemberN/A



The following students are enrolled in this studio and have chosen to appear on the Place Agency website. You may access more information about them and their interests by clicking each of their photos.

This subject is available to students enrolled in Curtin University throughout Semester 2 2018.

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Studio Leaders
Lara MackIntoshLara MackIntosh
Project champion

Baldivis Children's Forest

- Architecture