By Stephanie Pope, Studio: Landscape Architecture


Fracture examines a small focus area within South Australia’s Onkaparinga region, with the intention of implementing a nature corridor through the site that increases future resilience and self-sustainability of the area’s native fauna and flora.

Using guidelines derived from theoretical knowledge of geodiversity and biodiversity principles, the project tests multiple landscape prototypes through a set of strict rules and constraints. GIS modelling and parametric modelling techniques provide opportunities to manipulate the topography and planting densities within the site prototypes, aiming at bridging the gap between the geophysical status and the native plant species distribution within the Onkaparinga region.

The site’s ecological, geological, and cultural history remain central to the evolution of the site. As such, the manipulation of site zones and sub-zones strongly considers the site conditions prior to European settlement. With a strong focus on returning the site to conditions existent prior to European settlement, design moves must also consider the reality of contemporary land-use practices.

Working towards improving knowledge of geological features and how they fit within greater environmental systems is pivotal in future conservation strategies. Using strict methodology, this project examines the relationship between geological features and biological species, and in turn outlines an appropriate distribution for a nature corridor within the site that increases the resilience of conservation zones as they face natural and artificial external stress elements in future years. 

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