Twenty-six new and innovative architectural projects will vie for top honours on Friday 1st April 2011 at the Australian Institute of Architects ’ annual Gold Coast/Far North NSW Regional Architecture Awards.

From BER multi-purpose halls and university facilities, to spectacular private houses and modestly budgeted homes from Suffolk Park in northern NSW to Mt.Tamborine and South Stradbroke Island,

A wide range of innovative architectural projects will be in the running for Regional Commendations and qualification for the prestigious Queensland Architecture Awards that will be held in Brisbane on 24th June 2011.

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Architecture Awards Jury Chair, will announce Gold Coast/Far Northern NSW award winners at a special ceremony that will be held at the Gold Coast City Gallery this Friday.

Awards attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy an innovative Australian exhibition just launched at the Gold Coast City Gallery. The exhibition features spectacular architectural visions of Australia’s urban future in 2050 and beyond, as well as ground-breaking 3D stereoscopic aerial views of three Australian urban landscapes of the present.

NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism exhibition launched in Australia at the Gold Coast City Gallery last week, which is its first showing outside Italy after attracting a record 93,000-plus visitors to the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Australian Institute of Architects said that Australian audiences will enjoy a new form of 3D stereoscopic technology beyond the latest cinematic releases.

The ‘Now’ component by pre-eminent photographer and Co-Creative Director John Gollings features a sequence of 3D aerial images of Melbourne, Sydney and Surfers Paradise, contrasted with the giant mining pits at Kalgoorlie and Newman.

Overseen by Co-Creative Director Ivan Rijavec and produced by FloodSlicer, the ‘When’ component features a nine minute sequence of ‘ideas’ from 17 architectural collaborations of possible future urban spaces – including floating cities, submerged cities, and new desert spaces.