The Australian exhibition 'Now and When' which was launched at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale has been seen by over a quarter of a million people around the world, ending its tour in India at the end of this month.
The exhibition was developed by co-creative directors John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec and features two parts, one by each director.
The first component 'Now' by architectural photographer, John Gollings features aerial views of Australian urban landscapes, including Melbourne, Sydney and Surfers Paradise, contrasted with giant mining pits at Kalgoorlie and Mt Newman.
The ‘When’ component, overseen by Ivan Rijavec and produced by FloodSlicer, features a sequence of ideas from 17 architectural collaborations of possible future urban spaces, including floating or submerged cities, or desert spaces.
The tour was opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Seoul, Korea in April 2011 before heading to Beijing, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Jakarta.
The exhibition was shown on a new form of 3D stereoscopic technology where visitors are able to move around the urban scenes and experience the urbanised worlds from different perspectives.
When the exhibition toured China as part of Beijing Design Week in 2011, the Australian Ambassador to China, Frances Adamson, noted that Australia is known for its innovative approaches to design, urbanisation and environmental challenges.
"We see many Australian architects making their mark on the international design stage, including in China. Now and When takes Australia’s talents a step further, demonstrating that the creative potential of architecture can not only be aesthetically pleasing but can also help to solve the genuine demographic challenges our world faces today," Adamson said.