Nature in Repurposed Post-industrial Environments

By Lisa Scharoun and Carlos Montana-Hoyos.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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This paper presents a brief history of post Second World War urban development in the United States as a background example with the objective of defining ways and exploring models for the re-introduction of nature into post-industrialized urban structures. Through observation and case studies, the authors provide a basis of understanding current application of nature in urban settings. Drawing on theoretical constructs, a review of urban theories, architectural proposals, bio-inspired approaches, the framework of sustainability, personal projects and observation, an understanding of different stages of repurposed post-industrial environments is reached. A definition of this approach to urban re-development will provide a foundation for future applications.

Keywords: Multidisciplinary Design, Natural Repurposing, Post-industrial, Environment, City

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.25-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.646MB).

Dr. Lisa Scharoun

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Dr. Lisa Scharoun holds a PhD in visual communications from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane. Lisa completed a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design at Florida Southern College in Lakeland FL, USA and subsequently worked in the advertising industry in the US before commencing a Masters in design studies at the University of the Arts London, Central St. Martin’s College. On finishing her studies, Lisa continued working in the advertising and design industry in London, specializing in branding and visual identity. She has previously held the position of head of the graphic design discipline at Deakin University in Melbourne and has also lectured in the visual communications department at Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai, China. Her research focus is on global graphic design strategy, emotions, and value sets in visual communications and global concepts of utopia in contemporary graphic design strategy. She has exhibited her design, photography, and fine artwork in the United States, UK, Australia, and China. Lisa was recently awarded 1st place in the fine art collage category of the prestigious 2009 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) competition.

Assoc. Prof. Carlos Montana-Hoyos

Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Dr. Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos is an industrial designer born in Bogota, Colombia, South America. A native Spanish speaker, Carlos Montana is also fluent in English, Italian, Japanese, and basic Portuguese. His multicultural background includes living, studying, and working in diverse countries such as Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. He obtained his Bachelor in Arts from Javeriana University, and after several years of professional practice he was awarded a scholarship from the Japanese government, Monbukagakusho, obtaining a Master`s degree and a PhD in design theory, both cum laude from Kobe Design University (KDU, Japan). As a professional designer, Carlos has worked in-house for several industries (including Unilever and Colceramica in his country, and Whirlpool Europe SRL in Italy), in the areas of package design, electric appliance design, furniture design, lamp design, handcraft design, ceramic design, graphic design, advertisement, and product photography.