Desert Knowledge Precinct - Review of masterplan

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Locatie
Alice Springs
Jaar
2007

KI STUDIO undertook in depth analysis of the topography/landscape, drainage/ water patterns, and vegetation prior to recommending amendments to the existing masterplan for this Aboriginal educational facility of 76 hectares in Alice Springs. This led to improved building layouts, circulation networks for vehicles, bikes, fire access and enhanced pedestrian zones as well as improved relationshps between indoor/outdoor spaces and the site and its broader context. Design included indigenous vegetation restoration, outdoor meeting and teaching places, application of sensitive water design principles and recycling of rain-water and enhancement of cultural landscape elements within the plan. Involved consultation with the aboriginal community.

Design process
The landscape design evolved from a thorough analysis of the physical and spatial qualities of the site, and the cultural context. Layering of site characteristics with culture and technology created a sensitive design that reinforced the sense of place.

Design concepts
“Mans water dreaming”
Old Walter Tjampitjnpa.

The concentric circles represent the waterhole and undulating lines indicate water runnning across the sand.

Source: Papunya - The place made After the Story, p. 183.

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