Three Junctions

The urban street has always been a place of multiple junctions; a place where public meets private, coming meets going, occupation meets movement, and daily needs meet chance opportunity. The urban retail street is the traditional core of local identity. Cities and townships have grown both literally and figuratively around them. This dualism is the most important aspect of the traditional urban street; their origin as sources of vibrance and energy emerges from their core functional role as infrastructure; they are places of movement. The urban street is not a mall; not an idealised place of commerce, but an exposed and active component of the functioning of the city.

Today, the local street is rarely the physical core of our towns and cities. Often, as is the case at Moorabbin Junction, it is peripheral to the uber infrastructure that literally drives the city; here the Nepean Highway and South Road. 3 Junctions engages with the spirit of the urban street and asks how this can adapt to an age of complex urban infrastructure.

The project questions how scales and functions can interact to propose new ‘junctions’ at which the urban street may be formed. Particularly the project considers the social, ecological and infrastructural aspects of Moorabbin Junction, and asks how landscape architecture can engage with these across urban, local and personal scales.

By: Jarrad Newman, student