Creative Ecology

  • Biodegradable paving

    As part of GLAS’ Materials and technology subject at Melbourne University, students designed recipes for different concrete mixes incorporating a variety of types and proportions of organic materials including soil, bark mulch and feathers. Blocks of ‘biocrete’ were mixed and allowed to harden. The blocks of biocrete were then incorporated into the reconstruction of a pond edge. The disintegration of the biocrete was observed over time.

  • Ecological edge

    GLAS’ materials and technology subject provides the opportunity to explores the potential for creative manipulation of materials. Students used rhino and grasshopper modelling programs to create a 3 dimensional paving edge, specifically designed to create frog habitat. One year on the ‘ecological edge’ has been completely colonised by wetland plants.