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Architects plan for a crowded Australia


April 9, 2010

RAY EDGAR

Read More: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainme...0408-ruzz.html

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From inter-linked megatowers to submerged cities floating like jellyfish, architects have planned for Australia's population boom and the effects of climate change for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, Ray Edgar writes.

From inter-linked megatowers to submerged cities floating like jellyfish, architects have planned for Australia's population boom and the effects of climate change for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, Ray Edgar writes. 'WHEN you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go - downtown.'' Without quite Petula Clark's brio, Ivan Rijavec, creative director of the Australia pavilion for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale this August, delivers the same point. Whether it's ostensibly a paean to swinging London or Saturday night in Postcode 3000, cities are exciting places where everything's waiting for you.

"Instead of looking at the city as a place you should fear, it's about recognising that cities are actually the place that offer possibilities - whether it's entertainment or intellectual, you name it," says Rijavec, a Melbourne-based architect. The problem is " the popular press keeps persuading you that it is a place of fear."



The floating jellyfish cities by design firm Arup Biomimetics.




A city of hyper-density: Multiplicity by John Wardle Architects and Stefano Boscutti






Archipelago Squeeze. With Loop-Pool / Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors and Material Thinking




2: Suburban stack. With Loop-Pool / Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors and Material Thinking.




An image from Edmund and Corrigan's self-sustaining desert city proposal, A City of Hope.




The walkways of The Fear Free City proposed by Melbourne University Dean Tom Kvan’s team

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