This body of work explores the concept of the utopian as an unattainable vision. Taking a local shopping centre as its subject, the project uses montage to bring together archival type imagery with architectural drawings. The images of the building become disrupted; squashed into impossible shapes and broken up by the lines of its envisioning. Although only examining one building, the work considers civil architecture as a whole, highlighting the impossibility of fabricating the utopian city centres we see proposed in our society. The many translations a building undergoes to reach its final completion means that it will inevitably fall short of its idealised conception. This translation is continued by time, as architecture is inevitably re-contextualised within the urban landscape.
Emily Clemson • Philip Curnow • Nicola Dellard-Lyle • Julia Dudkowiak • James Head • Beverley Isaac • Aidan Mayne • Kate Mercer • Jason Peck • Sue Anne Phelan • Matt Simmons • Hannah Winston •