Exhibition at RMIT Design Hub, 29 July 2016 - 1 October 2016

This is the era of the metropolis.

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be urban, with Australia’s major cities expected to nearly double in size. We don’t yet know where or how this growing population will be housed, as most of the buildings that will make up these cities have already been built. Furthermore, the city is occupied not just by buildings but by the political and economical structures that dictate the use of those buildings, and which, at present, hinder sufficient and equitable access to housing. 

The transformative ideas of our time will not be sweeping and grandiose visions. 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.

Occupying the dramatic spaces of the Design Hub, this exhibition brings together local and international practitioners and showcases proposals for housing more with less, retrofitting, adapting and repurposing existing structures and environments. 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.

Co-curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein and Fleur Watson.

Exhibition design by otherothers.

Programs partnered with the School of Architecture and Design

More information here.