Australia's 3D urban visions
New cities housing between 50,000-100,000 people in current desert areas to address our expected population growth; cities in which urban development is concentrated in 'peripheral' areas, such as large landholdings on university campuses, 'big box' shopping centres, business parks, industrial estates, recreational reserves, and market gardens to establish a series of interlinked, self-sustaining districts dispersed along a transport ring.
Co-Creative Director and well-known architectural photographer John Gollings said, “It was a difficult decision to refine the list as each proposal we received displayed excellence in a range of diverse approaches to imaginative design. We received wonderful, speculative designs and fantastical visions of the future coming from every point of view imaginable, and each one displaying solid thinking behind their ideas.”
Melbourne-based architect and Co-Creative Director Ivan Rijavec said, “In what promises to be the Urban Century, the design and planning of our cities is fundamental to our prosperity and survival. The overarching message of the Venice Biennale Exhibition is that Australian identity has gone ‘walkabout’, it has come out of the bush and bedded down in our urban centres. Though outback and bush myths remain seminal to our culture, there is no doubt that the Australian collective consciousness is now urban.”
Rijavec explains that Venice itself is a pertinent reminder of the threats facing our urban environments: “Venice itself has shown how a city might blossom in a global context, but also how the vicissitudes of a changing world can turn it into a caricature of itself – some 60,000 people live there, while more than 20 million visit it annually. It floods 50 times a year and, saving protective measures, by 2030 it will be under water.”
The exhibition gives expression to Australian ‘urban dreaming’, and in Venice it will be presented in a completely new state-of-the-art, three dimensional format that will change the way Australian urbanism is seen. Rijavec said, “Projections of the stereoscopic 3D images have exceeded all expectations. When shown at exclusive previews they have left their audiences breathless.”
“The extraordinary sequences of images to be displayed in the WHEN component comprise a cyberspace of urban dreaming, that include fantasies, poetic encapsulations, allegories and strong theoretical propositions that are woven into a cinematic performance guaranteed to leave the mind reeling. This will be an exhibition few visitors will forget.”