Topos 87 – ‘Coastal Strategies’

Our climate is in a constant state of flux where the forces of nature are becoming increasingly unpredictable. Previously, we witnessed the effectiveness of megastructures such as barriers, dykes, dams, and many more as a means of protection. However with the heightening sense of uncontrollability these structures now lack a level of responsiveness to the ever changing conditions surrounding us. Climate change and other phenomena have led to the questioning of the existing approaches undertaken as risk management when it comes to extreme weather conditions. Adaptive and flexible systems are emerging as a response to these conditions.

Topos 87 – ‘Coastal Strategies’ explores these issues through a series of projects that identify multiple contemporary frameworks of dealing with affected coastlines.

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The Future of the Dutch Coast

The National Coastal Strategy was launched to challenge sea level rise in the Netherlands. Atelier Kust­kwalitei (Coastal Quality Studio), investigate natural dynamics as an approach to improving the quality of the Dutch coast; for coastal defence and spatial quality.

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Competition Rebuild by Design

How can coastal landscapes serve as protective ecological infrastructure for growing cities? How can we measure, test, and ­rebuild these critical – and endangered – shallow-water ecosystems?

One of the winning proposals “Living Break­waters” for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ­Rebuild by ­Design competition advances the ongoing ­exploration of the critical relationship ­between water, nature, and urban culture.


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‘Atmeture’, bringing architecture to life in the UK.

Located in Letchworth’s Broadway Gardens ‘Atmeture’ has been described as an “experiment in breath and space” by its creators Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield from Loop.pH. The installation explores a process that merges biological design elements with digital technology. “The approach recognizes architecture as a process and in a state of constant repair, and builds on the unique ability of textiles to flow, dissect and create configurable, flexible and adaptable environments,” Loop.p.H explain. The properties of the materials used adapt and respond to their surroundings which allows the public to experience a constantly evolving structure.

This structure is featured at the Fire & Fright Festival, which delivers a series of events ad interventions commissioned by onedotzero and Letchworth Garden City Council.

The event runs from October 28 – November 5 2014.

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Remembrance Poppyscape


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Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre Competition Win


Our project design development has proceeded with three primary objectives in mind:

• To develop a concept for an Aquatic centre that would facilitate an expansion of both
the community appeal and the civic and urban programs possible within the Aquatic
Centre typology.

• To develop an urban and landscape proposal that is informed by a historical
understanding of the formation of the Green Square urban landscape from its
pre-European indigenous condition, its agricultural history and particularly its
contemporary transformation in the face of industrial obsolescence.

• To focus on the pleasurable and hedonistic potential of the swimming pool program
as a catalyst for expanding the project’s community appeal, with a particular focus on
analysing the physical and social characteristics of the very successful civic tradition
of Sydney’s coastal pools.

Out of these key objectives the conceptual basis of our design has been developed and
modified from our Stage 1 Entry in accordance with the adjacent diagrams.
Our design approach has been further substantiated with a closer analysis of the key
landscape elements of the beach and coastal pools. In the following analytical diagrams
we have attempted to articulate the language of both the formal and social elements that
constitute these successful civic structures. We have then used these diagrams to help
transform the orthodoxies of the Aquatic Centre typology by grafting these elements into
the formal and social structure of our proposed Green Square Aquatic Centre.


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TCL Launches New Book


TCL launched ‘Making Sense of Landscape’ last fortnight, with four events held in Adelaide and Melbourne.

‘Making Sense of Landscape’ is a comprehensive document which thoroughly informs the reader of the innovative and creative design process that TCL employs in its groundbreaking projects.”
–  Gordon Goff, Publisher, ORO Editions, (Making Sense of Landscape distributor)

The book launches were hugely successful thanks to our valued clients, peers, collaborators and media that attended.

We would particularly like to thank our guest speakers in Adelaide

  • Adelaide’s Right Honourable Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood who launched the book on 20 March at North Terrace, outside the Art Gallery of South Australia;
  • Nick Mitzevich the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia launched the book in the evening of the 20 March outside the TCL Adelaide Studio under the Jacarandas.

and in Melbourne

  • Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London who launched the book on 28 March at Melbourne Museum’s Forest Gallery amongst the cores of the bell birds.
  • Ian McDougall the Director of ARM Architecture launched the book last Friday night at the TCL Melbourne Studio to a sea of TCL colleges and friends.

For all book purchase enquires please contact the TCL studio at

TCL’s Adelaide Book Launch – Art Gallery of South Australia and TCL Studio Adelaide:

TCL’s Melbourne Book Launch – Forest Gallery Melbourne Museum and TCL Studio Melbourne:

More details on the publication can be heard on the The Plan’s interview with Kate Cullity.


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Mardi Gras GAYTM

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The Office Landscape – final year project by Nigel Reichenbach

What are the values of urban landscapes beyond nature and play?

The future of landscape architecture lies within the answer to this question, and the Office Landscape seeks to provide an alternative.

Think back to your last great weekend outdoors. Soon it’s a sunny Monday morning and you’re dreading going back to the office. What if you could enjoy the sun and work?

Enter Office Landscape.


The soon to be vacated Royal Adelaide Hospital site was seen as an ideal opportunity to explore the idea of an outdoor office landscape, providing a large post-industrial site on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD. Adelaide has a mild Mediterranean climate, with an average of 82 rain days and average temperature 12.2-22.3 degrees, making it appropriate for working outside.

The layout of the office field was inspired by the work of Team Quickborner in the 1960s, who created interior Office Landscapes. This was combined with Archigram’s No-Stop City, as a way to take the interior Office Landscape across the continuous outside landscape.


The Office Landscape needed interruptions, much the same as the landforms that stop the No-Stop City. Landforms were spread across the site and then subtracted to create courtyards and meeting spaces. Screens, planting beds and mounds further intersect the landscape, providing an intimate feel to a comprehensive complex. A large green roof canopy spreads across the site, providing covered office areas and more importantly, a continuation of the parklands above the site.

 The Office Landscape experiments with a landscape that is not just recreational, but occupational. It seeks to provoke new ways to use the landscape, to break out of the nature/play dichotomy, but most importantly of all to give all those office workers a better Monday morning.


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