Dani Ting, [Re]new Ground [×]
How can we regenerate un-utilised building typologies that reconsider how natural environments can create community spaces between university students in the suburb of Cranbourne?
[Re]new ground is an experimental program that focuses on how nature can facilitate in bringing students of diverse disciplines together to build connectivity, outside of university bounds. Using the outer Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne as a case study, this project has the potential to expand across the suburbs, providing a network of spaces for connection. [Re]new ground proposes a satellite space to the Cranbourne Library, that aims to provide a community-focused study space for university students. The project is focused on providing better access to open learning and collaboration through exposure to the advantages of nature.
Sited within an unoccupied warehouse, originally designed to house a big box hardware store, [Re]new Ground reflects on the issues related to this building type and proposes and alternative approach for its reuse . Unoccupied since 2015, this site reflects the dominance of built structures over natural systems and societies disregard for diminishing natural lands.
Through the exploration of deconstruction of the site, analysis of the existing natural environment, physical exploration of planting, understanding the needs for environmental growth, etc. that has allowed us to understand an appropriate approach to the redesigning of this neglected warehouse that will re-use material waste and take advantage of provided resources to regenerate, to rebuild and reconnect students back to nature.
This design research thesis stems from an understanding of people’s inherent affinity to the natural environment, and how it is a vital component to bringing psychological, mental, emotional, and physical benefits for individuals. [Re]new grounds seeks to understand how we can implement this research into creating a community that is supportive and collaborative, prompting students to create strong and lasting relationships with others, which will be beneficial as they enter into the professional field.