Landscape Architecture - Honours
A phenomenological exploration of the Pacific Highway landscape. The Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway was completed last year (2020). This project focuses on the approximately 100km section of the highway between Arrawarra and Mororo. The nature of human experience in this project was investigated by using film as a generative and representational tool.
I had been driving for almost 3 hours. The phone had run through all the songs on the playlist, so I shut the radio off thinking silence would help me concentrate on what lay before me.
Home. I was going home. Where I could rest, where my head could lay against a soft pillow, where someone else could worry about the world for me. Where I could shut my eyes. I just want to shut my eyes.
Lines. Speed. Lines. Cars. Lines
My Attention whips back to the lines that lay before me, the lines that run continuously into the horizon, to that vanishing point nestled between a land I do not recognise and the endless sky.
My eyes are locked between those lines, the space where I have to keep the car. The world blurring at the edges of my vision as I watch those lines. I watch those lines until I can no longer see them, can no longer actively register them, until I forget if I ever saw them, until I forget to pay attention.
The car hums as its propelled through the air. Mechanical humming combined with the whirring of the wind just beyond the glass is all that fills my ears. Crowding my ears, the humming overpowers that sense.
Sunlight hits glass and I feel the warmth of it. The dark mass of the road absorbs the heat too so that all around me, glass and road wrap me in warmth. Cradled in the heat of the day. Blanketed.
Lines. Humming. Warmth and…BLACK.
Growing up on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, surrounded by diverse landscapes and a close connection to community, Isabella found her way to Landscape Architecture through her passion for history, plants and geography. This grounding led Isabella to focus her designs on the nexus between human and environmental landscape values.