Authors: Samuel Swan, Becky Mulherin, Julie Pham, Blake Sipek, Huang Duc Bui, Oshadi Dewduni, Jayasinghe Yapa Appuhamillage, Marcelo Diaz, Ana Maria Garzon, Jane Gibb, Krishna Ramlugun, Sanduni Nuwanthika Hettiarachchi.
Vital Signs at the Geelong Gallery was an exhibition of POSSIBLE FUTURES developed by students studying in the Urbanheart Surgery Urban Design Studio and the Interdisciplinary Planning and Design studio at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University.
Experimenting with different ‘What if?’ scenarios, the students developed ideas and concepts relating to the Clever and Creative Corridor planned for the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas. Presented beside Eugene Von Guérard’s View of Geelong 1856, the contemporary propositions reflect a dramatic transformation of the surrounding landscape since von Guerard’s interpretation over 160 years ago.
The student work featured focuses on the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas, which provides a diverse array of opportunities and constraints to investigate and explore design ideas. The Growth Areas will be the largest urban growth project in regional Victoria with the potential to welcome more than 110,000 new residents to Geelong over the next 30 years.
Students explored the possible morphology and character profile of the Clever and Creative Corridor, its connection with Central Geelong, the relationship it establishes between the urban/rural interface and the experiences of ‘place’ that might evolve as one engages with different aspects of its form and program. Many students chose to explore the potential re-engagement with local landscape and ecologies. Some of these projects are included in this display - Rewilding the City.