The work of Cumulus explores the landscape as an assemblage that expresses the production of form in relationship to the formless complexity of its dynamic systems. Live and speculative projects evidence the agency of design through material and temporal processes to understand and imagine better ways of living in the world that respond to contemporary planetary challenges at a local scale.

The Landscape as assemblage is investigated through:

  • Indexing that illustrates the purpose and expression of its functions, components, and predilections so that it might be re-imagined and re-shaped.

  • Metabolic processes characterised by networks of production, distribution and consumption in relationship to environmental, economic, political, social and technological forces that cumulatively describe a ‘thickened ground’.

  • Systems thinking that represent the purpose and expression of its function; the internal system as a physical network of spatial, material and temporal flows; and the external system as environmental factors and points of exchange.

  • Material ecologies that describe the reflexive relations of their inherent parametric potentialities with their surroundings, and the capacity to affect and be affected.

  • Organisational protocols with a set of principles inherent to their own function that operate as procedures for implementation and networking.

The work is conducted in collaboration with interdisciplinary partners and consultants, and a range of industry, government, and community stakeholders.