Part Three of our student work showcase is the work of recent graduate Steve Niven. Steve has just completed his Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Landscape Architecture) First Class Honours. Steve was also a finalist in the highly respected Karl Langer Award

As part of our Final Design studio we were allowed to propose our own project to demonstrate our application of landscape design theory and process. Throughout my time at university and working as a landscape architectural technician I have developed a desire to explore new options for innovative and cost effective methods for delivery of spatial experiences in landscape architecture. To this end the following brief was proposed for my final project.

Steve Niven | Modular Floating Landscape System

The traditional provision of infrastructure through Landscape Architecture creates an inherently fixed program in a fixed location within a specific site context. The size and complexity of a site is generally based upon the surrounding existing infrastructure and population. The Modular Floating Landscape System aims to challenge this paradigm with an alternative solution to infrastructure delivery by enabling creation of complex landscape programmes that can be varied, changed and relocated along any waterway allowing access by greater population numbers than traditional methods. Local authorities need not own the modules but could rent them for periods of time ensuring that infrastructure delivery is as cost effective as possible. With the risk of landscape programme delivery moved to the module owner, the renter need not worry if a module doesn’t work in context with its surrounding as they can experiment and change the configuration with no ongoing cost.

Steve Niven | Modular Floating Landscape System

The final presentation of the project was through a traditional series of presentation panels explaining the design and application along with a non-traditional interactive model that the public could rearrange to create new spatial conditions and relationships and reinforce the flexibility of the proposed design.