Howard, M 2008, Selvage, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

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Title Selvage
Author(s) Howard, M
Year 2008
Abstract The Masters project “Selvage” is interested in reconsidering the efficiency of market garden sites. The site of Werribee South, Victoria, Australia is a market garden production region on the outer fringes of Melbourne, between two major cities, Melbourne and Geelong. The site is a test ground for the reconsidering of market garden efficiency through the introduction of residential development and the reintroduction of dairy farming. The market gardens site operates as an intensively irrigated production allowing for intensive year round horticultural operations. It is these units of irrigation that drive the project investigation into efficiency.

The site is made up of irregular land titles that affect the efficiency of production. The disjuncture between these titles and the left over spaces provides opportunity for residential development and dairy farming to be explored. The project Selvage provides a range of outcomes according to the synthesis of these conditions through the irrigation unit of one hectare.

The project offers a justification through efficiency of reconsidering the relationship between zones of residential occupation and horticultural production that are currently mutually exclusive through the planning scheme. It offers a model for existing production zones and future areas for production. It doesn’t resolve issues of operation for each of the three programs used. The project suggest further questions be asked as to why these programs are separate and why production zones aren’t considered as scenic view scapes for residential development. The future of peri-urbanisation and the relationship to productive lands could be reconsidered to further value these lands.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Market gardens
Horticultural production
Food production
Food miles
Farmers markets
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