Design Research Studio, Lake Eyre, Australia

Lake Eyre is the largest ephemeral lake in the world. It is a pluvial lake that experiences significant increase in depth and extent as a result of increased precipitation and reduced evaporation. It exists within the Lake Eyre Basin which is a drainage basin that covers one-sixth of all Australia. It is one of the largest internal drainage systems on Earth, and covers 1,140,000 square kilometres. At 15m below sea level, it is the lowest point in Australia, and on the rare occasion that it fills, it is the largest lake in Australia. This coupled with the fact that the basin is an endorhic one that does not allow outflow to other bodies of water such as rivers or oceans exemplifies the landscape as a dynamic medium in a constant state of flux.

The project looks at the life of the lake from the point of view of the landscape as a shifting, living, material phenomenon, and a re-mapping of it. This is explored through mappings, drawings, aerial photography, and models that explore a meaning for the landscape that suggest both landscapes and the way we construct them through representation are constantly evolving. Particular to this research of re-making the landscape through representation will be the employment of the various territorial scanning devices and rapid-prototyping technologies that interrogate the nexus between physical and virtual modelling.

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2012 RMIT Design Studio - Friction