Whether we are aware of it or not, architecture dominates every aspect of our lives. It defines the places we visit, the spaces we inhabit and even how we interact with people.
On Monday, Architecture students at the BB Winter Program explored these ideas at the Linden Observatory in the Blue Mountains.
We met with a trustee who’d worked on the original construction of the Observatory and witnessed the great work of Ken Beames as his first apprentice. Quite a crash course in the realities of in-depth research and consultation that architects engage in during projects.
The students discussed ideas on how to incorporate elements of Indigenous design and tradition. Also how to preserve the history and significance of the site through community engagement.
We got into some preliminary site analysis, experimenting with instruments to measure wind, light exposure, distance, temperature and noise.
It was a great day spent exploring the potential of a beautiful and historical site hidden in the density of the Blue Mountains bushland.