“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…”
‘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.”
More: Architects plan for a crowded Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, April 12, 2010.