Urban Platforms

location - Former Licorice Factory, Brunswick, Australia

type - Digital Art, Urban Intervention

year - 2022

competition - TerraViva:Tactical Urbanism Now

award - Honorable Mention

media - link

people - Amy Evans

This project aims to enrich the community of Brunswick, Melbourne by utilising disused sites and former industrial areas as temporary Urban Platforms for exhibiting art. Through an adaptable set of modular elements, the project will migrate from site to site, transforming each host site into a temporary public space and cultural forum.

Brunswick once attracted artists from around Australia for its affordable rent. With rapid densification and gentrification, affordability has declined – jeopardising the rich artistic community that is central to Brunswick’s identity.

Urban Platforms simultaneously addresses two problems; the lack of accessible and affordable spaces to exhibit art, and the plethora of vacant industrial sites left behind by socio-economic fluctuations. The project proposes to transform such sites into temporary public spaces. As property developers move in, Urban Platforms will migrate, packing up and adapting to the next host site.

The initial host site for Urban Platforms is the former Brunswick Liquorice Factory site. Located adjacent to Brunswick Station, this site acts as a gateway to Brunswick, guiding pedestrians through a linear outdoor gallery and public space. The project consists of a series of modular elements; platforms, ramps, lights, seats, walls, and plinths. The platforms become the new ground, allowing the existing ecology to thrive; they can be levelled to suit any terrain; and ramps provide accessibility. Remaining elements slot into the platforms and can be reconfigured to suit each event.

Ultimately, the project aims to become a catalyst, to utilise these sites for cultural outcomes rather than solely economic investments.

Amy is a Berlin based architect and artist currently researching the relationship between the social and urban fabric of cities. As well as research and design work, she regularly teaches design studios at both the University of Melbourne and RMIT. The following is a selection of projects spanning across, architecture, exhibition design, curation, art, teaching, research and publication.

 

Amy is recipient of the Marten Bequest 2020 for her ongoing project titled ‘The City Shaped’.