In natural systems, a corridor, is an area of habitat connecting wildlife populations separeted by human activities or structures. In urban fabrics, they are also places of movement, and generally connect but also disconnect.
We will look beyond conventional notions of urban design to modes of ecology and other knowledge bases to consider natural systems as a central urban design strategy, and the ground for more than human use. We will begin with the repair of natural systems that will at the same time also act as ‘urban’ infrastructure.
Through a strategy of removal of built form to create an open space of natural sustems, the existing built environment will be redefined by the relocation of the removed buildings and programs within existing areas and the new relationships therefore generated with open space. We will work on a macro and micro scale to redefine large open space while at the same time elements such as building entries, windows and canopies.
Louise Wright is a practicing architect and a director of Baracco+Wright Architects. She has a PhD in Architecture from andalso is a sessional lecturer in design at RMIT University, Melbourne,Australia.
Louise is a Registered Architect in Victoria, Australia.
Louise has received an Australian ResearchCouncil Postgraduate Award (industry) scholarship and in 2012 she won theAustralian Architectural Services Award for client services.
Her PhD explores what architects know and theway architects know using their own modes of research accessing and transformingknowledge embedded within design.
Founded in 2004 with Mauro Baracco,Baracco+Wright’s architectural practice combines the academic and practiceworld and is shifting more and more towards landscape based approaches thateffect and catalyse environmental repair through decisions of siting, groundplane, hydrology and other ecological conditions.
They seek opportunities to positionarchitecture in a catalytic role that places the architect in the role ofstrategic thinker across disciplinary boundaries.
Over the past 10 years they have developedthis approach through research projects throughout the Wimmera region in WesternVictoria, Australia, “Regenerated Towns: Regenerated Nature”, connecting environmentalrepair undertaken by Greening Australia in their project Habitat 141 withenvironmental, social and economic repair through strategic and integratedarchitectural and landscape works in the towns that lie within and around this project. The design based research theycarry out informs their practice. Baracco + Wright have been exhibited andpublished widely, nationally and internationally. They also publish theirresearch and design, recently authoring the book “Robin Boyd: SpatialContinuity”, Routledge 2017.
Over the past few years they have wonseveral Architectural awards including Australian Institute of Architects Awardfor Small Architecture (2012) and the Harold Desbrowe Annear award for bestresidential project (2012 and 2017).
In August 2017 they were appointed in therole of Creative Directors of the next Australian Pavilion at the 16thInternational Venice Biennale di Architettura 2018 with their theme “Repair”which seeks to explore the role of architecture in the repair of the natural environment.
Theirwork has been described as quietly radical.