Callum Morton in "Occupied" with other MADA artists, designers, and architects
MADA Head of Fine Art Callum Morton, Lecturer Jacqui Alexander, Practice Professor Nigel Bertram (NMBW Architecture Studio), graduate Ash Keating and others are represented in Occupied, an exhibition of space-efficient design solutions that aim to address issues of urban housing by retrofitting, adapting and repurposing existing structures and environments.
Exhibition: 29 July – 24 September 2016
RMIT Design Hub
Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets
Co-curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein, Fleur Watson, Occupied presents works from 5th Studio, all(zone), Ash Keating, Atlanta Eke, Baracco + Wright Architects, Black Kosloff Knott Architects Architects and Monash Arts Projects (MAP), Breathe Architecture, Callum Morton and Toby Reed, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism & MAIO, Flores Prats Architects, Jack Self, Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot Architecture, Liam Young, Lyons Architecture, Harrison and White, Maddison Architects, Minifie van Schaik Architects, NMBW Architecture Studio, MAPA, Office for Political Innovation, otherothers, Spacemarket, Stefano Boeri Studio with The BlinkFish, TOMA!, Vokes and Peters.
We don’t yet know where or how Australia’s growing population will be housed, as most of the buildings that will make up our modern cities have already been built. Unlike the great architects of the 20th Century – who wishfully imagined the city as a tabula rasa or accepted exile on the urban fringe – today’s creative thinkers must find space for an ever-growing populace within a finite and decaying urban fabric.
The ideas that thrive in this context will be small-scale, contingent and combinatory, operating at the margins or the in-between, within bureaucratic grey-zones or emerging economies. Ranging from the pragmatic to the utopian, the research-driven to the purely speculative, Occupied anticipates the critical design approaches, ideas and strategies of the imminent future.