Transforming Terrains: a Site's Narrative Shaped by the Occupancy of External Forces

Juno, Jessica
Hedges , Susan
Tapuni, Nooroa
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Master of Design
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Auckland University of Technology

This research investigates a methodology as a means to translate the narrative of a site’s transformation, through giving presence to the marks embedded within the terrain. Drawing and casting processes are used predominantly to articulate a narrative of the external forces occupying a site. The purpose of the developed methodology is to understand how a terrain has been shaped over time due to the influence of the external forces occupying its surfaces. Throughout this research the methodology has been trialed on three sites in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland: Takapuna Beach (coastal), pavers outside my house (domestic), and St Paul Street (urban). The most significant and present forces identified throughout this research have been caused by human intervention and by erosion. This research communicates the immeasurable timeline of a site’s transformation. By undertaking methods of drawing and casting to identify, then visualize the trace embedded upon its terrain.

Traces of external forces are recorded and embedded in the ground causing and becoming a part of the site’s narrative of transformation. Drawing lines and making marks translates material transformation into a narrative that can depict terrain as an accumulation of transformations over time. Identifying the terrain as a compression of layers forms a snapshot of its compact timeline, while also providing the opportunity to read each individual layer of transformative detailing. Through both the drawing and casting processes, each layer becomes a moment preserved. The process of reading is important because it speaks to the geological process creating compressed layers of time; unpacking these layers we can begin to more deeply understand a site’s compressed transformation.

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