As part of the Oz Fest, an Australian festival in India, Now and When, a 3D exhibition that features architectural visions of Australia’s potential urban future in 2050 and beyond, has been organised at Studio X in the city. This unique event helps the viewer to experience Australia as it is today, and as it could be in 2050 through the use of new technology.
Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, the exhibition’s India tour is organised in partnership with the India Design Forum.
“In what promises to be the Urban Century, with nearly 70 percent of the world living in urban areas by 2050, the design and planning of our cities is fundamental to our prosperity and survival. Keeping this in mind, we are having this exhibition. A three-dimensional experience is the highpoint of the show as well as images of some of Australia’s most thought-provoking urban and non-urban regions,” says John Gollings, Creative Director, Australian Pavilion.
The exhibition features two theatres. The ‘Now’ theatre highlights five of Australia’s most interesting urban and non-urban regions as they are now, captured by Gollings, who is also a well-known architectural photographer. The second theatre — ‘When’ includes 17 futuristic urban environments that imagine Australia in 2050 and beyond. These futuristic ideas are the result of a national competition set by the AIA. The visions range from a city that is powered by mould, one that is based on aquaculture and regions connected by central spines.
“By combining the ‘Now’ and ‘When’ components, we hope that the exhibition provokes discussion around issues of urban density and sprawl and inspires society to question how it can improve its cities. Using new state-of-the-art, three-dimensional stereoscopy, Now and When will encourage visitors to experience urban scenes across perspectives, creating a challenging environment, few will forget,” reveals Gollings. Post Mumbai, the exhibition will move to cities like Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Gandhinagar.
According to Gollings, the exhibition aims at presenting a new angle on the possibilities in our cities and explores the creative potential of architecture in Australia. It also looks at the challenge Australia faces in developing urban spaces and landscapes, including the environmental consequences of development.