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Dark WritingGeography, Performance, Design$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832469

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832469.001.0001

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Solutions: Storyboarding a Humid Zone

Solutions: Storyboarding a Humid Zone

(p.173) Chapter 6 Solutions: Storyboarding a Humid Zone
Dark Writing

Paul Carter

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Solution, a public spaces strategy developed for a site in Melbourne's Docklands. Victoria Harbour is the result of draining a swamp and redirecting the course of a river. Postcontainerization, it has been redeveloped as a leisure boating, residential, and commercial zone. A swamp is a humid zone without sharp edges. Enlightenment maps, and their contemporary descendants—the urban designer's master plan—have no use for them. They represent the world as ideally dry or wet and allot no value to amphibious environments. However, when such environments are recognized as colloidal systems, this changes. Colloids are movement forms that model the Brownian motion of people meeting in public spaces. Ultimately, this case study discovers that drawings of public spaces need not represent objects to be built but quite the opposite: their lines can indicate passages that must be kept open.

Keywords:   Solution, Victoria Harbour, Enlightenment maps, urban design, colloidal systems, colloids, movement forms, public spaces

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