Taylor’s University Lakeside CampusSchool of Architecture, Building and DesignFoundation in Natural and Built EnvironmentApril Intake 2013ELEMENTS OF NATURAL AND BUILTENVIRONMENTPROJECT 1PHUA JING SERNEXPERIENCING NATUREImage taken by JSern
SITE VIEWERORED LANDEXPOSED THE TREE ROOTS 2 TREES CLOSELY PLANTED
FOUND PLANTSRUBBERTREE IDENTIFIED BY THE SCARS WITH LICHEN AND DRAGON SCALES ATTACHEDRUBBERTREE IS SURROUDED BY BLADY GRASS AND TOUCH-ME-NOT
FOUND CREATURESDRAGONFLY RESTING CARPENTER ANT FEEDING ON NETARCATFISH CAUGHT BY FISHERMAN BUTTERFLY POLLINATING A FLOWER
BLADY GRASSI M P E R A T A C Y L I N D R I C AALSO KNOWN AS:- COGON GRASS- KUNAI GRASS- JAPANESE BLOODGRASS• Generally can be found ALMOST EVERYWHEREDue to its HIGH TOLERANCE of a wide variety.[SOIL CONDITIONS, FERTILITY, ORGANIC MATTER AND MOISTURE]• But it grows best in RELATIVELY ACIDIC SOIL (pH 4.7)• TEMPERATURE AFFECTS its GROWTH RATE, where its OPTIMUM growth• temperature is 29 C in DAY TIME, and 23 C AT NIGHT.• It also can survive in temperatures AS LOW AS -14 C.• The LEAVES can GROW AS HIGH ASapproximately 60cm to over 123CcmHEIGHT, and 2.5cm WIDE.• The PANICLE can grow about 8cm-28cm long and 4cm wide.
BLADY GRASSI M P E R A T A C Y L I N D R I C AIt is commonly used for THATCHING THEROOFS of TRADITIONAL HOMESthroughout south-east Asia.Other production include PAPER-MAKINGand weaving into MATS and BAGS.AS IT IS CONSIDERED AS THE TOP 10WORST WEED IN THE WORLDBUT IT IS ALSO CONSIDERED ASORNAMENTAL GRASSES
CARPENTER ANTSCIENTIFIC NAME:CAMPONOTUS PENNSYLVANICUSADULT CARPENTER ANTS can measure from6 to 12 mm in length.WINGED SWARMERS can measure up to18 mm in length.While QUEENS grow to20 mm in length.WATER PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR HABITAT AND WATER.• Commonly found near DAMP AND WARM ENVIRONMENTS to build their colonies.Usually in HOLLOW TREES.• Carpenter ants DON’T EAT WOOD, they EXCAVATE and DEPOSIT it outside entrancesto the colony in small piles.• Closer WATER AND FOOD SOURCES to the nest increases population DRAMATICALLY.
During the observation and exploration of our site, we found outthat the habitats of the plants and creatures there are somehowhave a CONNECTIONwith each other.Our site consists of LAND AND RIVER.The RUBBER TREE prefers moist soil,Which explains it exists close to the river.But in the past, there maybe times ofnumerous gushes of flowing water thatcaused the EROSION of the land.The next connection is what under theroots, with the erosion caused, CATFISHcan be found and used this space asshelter.UNDERSTANDING THE ECOLOGY
Back to the tree, its bark consists of two EPIPHYTE plant, that isthe LICHEN and the DRAGON SCALES, with their symbiosisclassified as COMMENSALISM, they won’t affect the growth of thetree.Besides that, CARPENTER ANTS are spotted going in and out fromthe tree bark because Carpenter ants prefer moist and hollow woodas their habitat.Surrounding the tree itself, are the wild weeds of MIMOSA PUDICAand BLADY GRASS and wild flowers that attracts BUTTERFLIESand DRAGONFLIES.UNDERSTANDING THE ECOLOGY
JOURNEY8:00amDEPARTURE10:00amARRIVAL DESTINATION11:00amTHE BRIEFING12:00pmSITE CHOSENEXPLORATION ANDOBSERVATION OF SITE4:00pmFREE ACTIVITY6:00pmREST8:00PMLOGO MAKING+TUTORIALSESSION11:30PMLIGHTS OUT
JOURNEY6:00amRISE AND SHINE7:00amEXERCISE+ BREAKFAST8:00amOBSTICLE COURSE+ WATER GAME10:00amFINAL SITEOBSERVATION11:00amPACKING1:30pmDEPARTUREMORE JOUNEY INFO CAN BE FOUND INhttp://fnbe0413phuajingsern.blogspot.com/2013/04/site-visit-enbe.html