Resilient Maroochydore 2029 : Urban Design Futures

Satherley, Shannon D. (2009) Resilient Maroochydore 2029 : Urban Design Futures. [Exhibition/Event]

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Image credit: Dan Young: catalogue design. Images: the exhibitors as named on the catalogue.


Resilient Maroochydore 2029 This exhibition showcases the work of 4th year undergraduate Landscape Architecture students in response to issues of sustainability in Maroochydore on the Queensland Sunshine coast.

The projects comprising this exhibition all investigate possible design futures for the Maroochydore Centre, in the light of a series of new disturbance scenarios. Specific disturbances upon the landscape have been imagined, and design resolutions developed based on resilience to these disturbances. The proposals investigate how the Maroochydore Centre might respond to these scenarios, and how future components of the Centre might be designed for greater ‘resilience’.

The Exhibition Five groups of students (32 in total) produced five strategic planning and design options toward this future:

Team Transect: “What happens to a region following a sustained period of economic prosperity, with affordable property and negligible unemployment? This proposal investigates the effects on a community of massive population explosion, land shortages and inadequate planning regulations following an extended boom period.”

The Foodfighters: “This proposal considers the scenario of massive food shortages and of escalating prices, and the possibility of government intervention to stabilise food supply. Strategies based upon simplified, collaborative approaches to food production are investigated.”

The TTMKG: “This proposal explores the scenario of Peak Oil and the subsequent effects on society of homelessness, large scale unemployment, food shortages and global financial and political instability. Individual opportunities are restricted by the limitations of bicycle transportation.”

Team Peak: “Peak Oil has restricted private vehicle transport to only the most wealthy, while public transport systems are under immense pressure. Rising unemployment drives localised trade initiatives, and the global import/export market has collapsed. This proposal considers the transition of a community from its position in a global economy to that of a relocalised economy, where basic needs are secured as close to home as possible.”

After the City: “A rapid population decline as a result of the region’s failing economy has resulted in a fragmented urban fabric. This proposal investigates the possibility of new suburbanisation, reinterpretation and reinvention of space through phased processes.”

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ID Code: 59736
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
QUT staff
  • Paul Songhurst, Scott Jensen, Jane Hulme, Alison Eshelby, Peter Nastrom
Research Assistant
  • Dan Young
Industry partner
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Industry Collaborator - exhibition facilitator
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Funders: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Material: Design drawings
Measurements or Duration: 1 day
Number of Pieces: 5 group strategic plans, 32 individual designs
Location: From date: To date:
Maroochydore Surf Club, Qld. 2009-07-23 2009-07-23
Keywords: resilience, sustainability, disturbance, coastal, strategic design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors and exhibitors
Deposited On: 07 May 2013 01:04
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 03:27

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