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Now and When: Australian Urbanism

This Australian exhibition asks us to step back and look at where the design and planning of our urban areas is heading.

Now and When: Australian Urbanism


April 20th, 2011

Now and When: Australian Urbanism opened at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale to over 93,000 visitors. Currently on display at the Gold Coast City Gallery with dates at Sydney’s Object Gallery and Ballarat International Foto Biennale later this year, the exhibition will also be shown at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) from April 25 as part of the Australia Digital Urban Portraits show.

Now and When – led by Creative Directors John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec – is a stunning look at the Australian urban landscape, its current state and how it could develop.

’Now’ is a collection of 3D aerial images of Melbourne, Sydney and Surfers Paradise, contrasted with the mining pits at Kalgoorlie and Newman, WA. Shot by photographer Gollings, the series of images shows the diversity, rapid expansion and development of the Australian urban landscape.




Surfer’s Paradise

Mount Whaleback Mine, Newman, Western Australia


’When’ explores what Sydney could be in 2050, incorporating what the city already is and the potential for its transformation.


A Tale of Two Cities, Billard Leece Partnership Pty Ltd

The sequence of images is the creation of Rijavec, producers FloodSlicer and 17 architectural collaborations. Each idea explores a different possibility and future direction for our Harbour city.


Survival vs Resilience, a collaboration between BKK Architects, Village Well, Charter Keck Cramer and Daniel Piker

Mould City, Colony Collective, Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne)

Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors, Material Thinking

The Oceanic City, Arup

Rijavec describes ’When’ as “a cyberspace of urban dreaming” with “fantasies, poetic encapsulations, allegories and strong theoretical propositions, woven into a cinematic performance guaranteed to leave the mind reeling.”


Fear Free City, Justyna Karakiewicz, Tom Kvan and Steve Hatzellis, Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne)

Symbiotic City, Steve Whitford and James Brearley

Sydney 2050: Fraying Ground, RAG Urbanism

City of Hope: Edmond & Corrigan

Visually breathtaking and thought-provoking, Now and When: Australian Urbanism is not to be missed.

Gold Coast City Gallery: 26 March – 1 May 2011
Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design: 2 July – 25 September 2011
Ballarat International Foto Biennale: 20 August – 18 September 2011
Seoul Museum of Art: 25 April – 30 June 2011

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