What A Wonderful World
Suburbia expands, urbanisation progresses, and humans evolve. The manifestation is un-seen; a psychological abstraction of natural systems and landscapes that have been mediated and worked by human civilisations for centuries. These practices have led to the formation of an unstable view of the natural world; where nature is subservient to human needs and intervention. In order to reset connections and foster an empathetic response to nature, a change of view is needed.
When the stars align, interactions with the natural world can be magnificent. Be it in feeling the power of natural phenomena, or writing stories of place or community. Here, the human mind is altered by nature, requiring no intervention or alteration of the environment. We can surely recall the places we’ve visited that impressed themselves into our world view.
Guidance is a critical link to accessing the unspoken richness and diversity of the natural world. Where people are absent, tools can act as guides, enabling users to access, educate and communicate. Tools currently promoted in Australia to access the outdoors (tents, lookouts, etc.) privilege practical rationales, such as technical capacity, yet these objects lack the suggestion to enrich and define our experience of nature. This deficiency presents a new opportunity for a tool to promote careful observation and reflection on the natural world.
Skyraft is a site-specific, elevated platform offering a public place to transcend from the divergence of anthropocentric and biospheric ideals. The platform becomes the facilitator of a non-discriminatory conversation between users and the natural environment. By curating this conversation to evoke curiosity, wonder and play, it is hoped that the experience on the platform will be a positive activator of off-site environmental discussion.