Since opening in 2002, Federation Square has seen more than 100 million visits and has recently been named the 6th Best Public Square of the World.
On the 13th of March this year, Urban Screening made its debut at Federation Square through the support of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN). The first Urban Screening took place at the Perth Cultural Centre Screen during Architecture Week WA 2014. Then in 2015, the Urban Screening traversed the continent to other Australian cities (Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra) via EmAGN.
This is a true testament to the power of networks. EmAGN brings like-minded people together to realise a shared cause.
More information on this project at http://www.urbanscreening.org/catalogue/2015-16/
When considering Perth over the last ten years, the Perth Cultural Centre can be seen as a test bed for urban revitalisation strategies in Western Australia; a desolate place blighted by the over-scaled ‘build it and they will come’ strategies of the 80s and 90s mall culture. The James Street precinct had big institutional destinations and heritage buildings steeped in history, but nothing to connect them together. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority¹ (MRA), operating as a well resourced pair of garden shears for red tape, rendered the Cultural Centre a ground of architectural experimentation. Architects, landscape architects, artists, placemakers and events organisers were commissioned to ‘revitalise’ the space with temporary and short term projects, bringing to mind Rem Koolhaas’² project Exodus, or Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture by way of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace – a space dedicated to pop culture and mass consumption; the strut that Robert Hughes found lacking in the Modern metropolis³. Part of this revitalisation effort was the installation of a large public screen, and during Architecture Week 2014, films made by architects, artists and students from around the world were shown as part of the inaugural Urban Screening.Continue reading “PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE: URBAN LIFE LABORATORY”→
A snapshot of the works displayed at the Making @Scale exhibition held at QV1 Foyer Perth this May. The exhibition was curated for the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference. The online catalogue features a beautiful video of the exhibition by Western Australian photographer-filmmaker-architectural graduate Frazer Macfarlane.
Architecture Week festivities return to Perth this October! This year, I have the pleasure of co-curating a public urban screening project at the Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge Piazza…
A call for Expressions of Interest to contribute 3-4 minute long films or animations about architecture was released today via the Australian Institute of Architecture WA Chapter.
We envisage a series of interesting short films running for an hour in the daytime and an hour in the evening of each day of architecture week - an experience akin to watching ABC’s ‘Rage’, if it was about architecture.
We are interested in video of completed projects, design process, analysis and commentary material that relates to architecture, is visually engaging, and reasonably accessible (this doesn’t mean dumbed down). These may take the form of short documentary, computer generated imagery, video documentation of buildings and spaces, or more abstract pieces.