Venice Biennale

Progress: Completed 2010

Design is an act of wilful optimism – a speculation on future possibilities. The difficulty for those operating in the realm of architecture and urban design is the extended span of time between vision and realisation.

Our proposal begins with the question: can we look 41 years past to see 41 years into the future?

1968 was described by Time Magazine as, “the year that split the past from the future”. The late sixties began to see community reflection upon urban renewal policies (also acts of wilful optimism) that had led to much of our large scale road infrastructure and the destruction of some of the historic fabric of our Australian cities.