Safety Net Part 2 Project 2007 Clara Ho University of New South Wales Sydney Australia Every city has its exclusionary zones. They are the abject sites, forgotten spaces, theterrain vague of suburbia. This project takes a portion of a transmission line easement as an example of such a site. The dangers of high voltage power transmission and fear of exposure to electromagnetic radiation render the easement an abandoned strip of land, void of use. The safety net eases these fears, protecting the space from both real and perceived danger. The project offers an opportunity for renewed contact with the site, whilst preserving the inherent nature of the site. Clara Ho Armed with an array of processes begged, borrowed and stolen from the world of artpractice, this studio went stalking suburbia. With very few co-ordinates we foundourselves most fascinated by the many and varied non-places: voids, edges, seams andresidue sites that the city’s peripheral terrain revealed. Repeatedly the projects soughtnew and unfamiliar ways of seeing and interpreting suburban forms and conditions, waysthat challenged assumptions and sought the unexpected.Clara’s project emerged from a fascination with the reading “Terrain Vague” by Ignasi deSola Morales. How, she asked, can architecture operate in these spaces, so abundant inthe expanding suburban field, without erasing them, and the subversive power theyappear to hold? Her project takes a simple physical discovery and translates it with greatimagination and precision from the impossible to the plausible. A no-mans land lostbetween fences becomes a wondrous night garden, a pseudo natural phenomena, like a(sub)urban aurora borealis laced across the city.