Catch a glimpse inside the minds of our best and brightest Landscape Architecture students at RMIT University’s Landscape Architecture end of year exhibition.
For Landscape Architecture student Matthew Kneale, Guangzhou Transformations was more than an urban design project – it was an exercise in cross cultural collaboration.
Aided by a travel abroad grant from RMIT, Matthew and fellow students travelled to Guangzhou in China where they worked with local students from the South China University of Technology on a design for the newly dedicated free trade zone in the region.
“It was an incredible experience being able to collaborate with local Chinese students,” Matthew said.
“At first we weren’t sure how the design process would go because of the potential language barrier, but they were all fluent in English and very open to trying different things, so it was all good.
“We visited all these little villages to ask how they felt about this development coming up and the Chinese members of the team acted as translators. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”
As part of their brief to look at solutions for urbanisation issues in China, Matthew and his colleagues designed a huge poster containing a master plan articulating a suggested approach to the development.
“It was very intensive. We pretty much condensed a whole semester’s work into two weeks, but it was great.”
Guangzhou Transformations runs until Monday, November 9.
Be true to you: Study the Master of Landscape Architecture in 2016. Applications are now open.
What: Guangzhou Transformations Master Landscape Architecture exhibition and open studio
When: Monday, 2 November – Monday 9 November
Where: RMIT Design Hub, RMIT City campus, Building 100, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Story: Greg Thom