"Woven Ground" by Arinah Rizal Luke Kim
Arinah Rizal Qun Zhang
‘Woven Ground’ responds to the isolation confronted by high-rise apartment dwellers in Melbourne during the coronavirus lockdowns. In a world where social distancing exacerbates the already frayed network of human relationships, Woven Ground envisions a new way of moving forward to achieve urban resilience. Locked in, the fed up residents collude to transform the void space between their towers. Together, they begin to scheme and weave a robust net structure with the help of carbon fiber spinning robotic spiders. The first bright yellow Woven Ground projects outward from the tower walls and transforms into a central gathering area to contain the nurturing warmth generated from the enriching interaction between young students, families with children, and elderly people. As they collectively weave in finer grains, this rich tapestry of organic forms is never complete, always adaptable, and able to accommodate for different forms of leisure, circulation, entertainment, and infrastructure.