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    Futuristic Australian exhibition wows international crowds

    Australian Institute of Architects

    NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism is moving from a successful showing, at the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), to Beijing, one of the world’s most urban cities. The Australian exhibition, developed by the Australian Institute of Architects , focuses on ‘possible futures for urban spaces’.

    Supported by 751 D-Park and the Australian Institute of Architects, the third outing for NOW and WHEN : Australian Urbanism is in China as part of Beijing Design Week. The Australian exhibit is being displayed by the Australian Embassy Beijing, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian International Cultural Council and is due to open on Sunday September 25th.

    NOW and WHEN : Australian Urbanism has already proved its international appeal at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale that it was originally developed for, with more than 93,000 people visiting the Australian Pavilion between August and November, before going on to draw 67,965 visitors to the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) earlier in 2011.

    The Australian exhibition has just finished a successful four week show at Australia's largest photography event, the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB). NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism attracted more than 15,400 visitors at the rural event, before it closed on Sunday to prepare for its move to Beijing.

    NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism is an exhibition of fantastic architectural visions of the potential urban future of Australia in the year 2050 and beyond. The exhibition also features ground-breaking stereoscopic 3D aerial views of three present day Australian urban landscapes.

    The NOW component of the Australian exhibition is provided by photographer and Co-Creative Director John Gollings. He used 3D stereoscopic technology, advanced beyond that used in current cinematography, to create a sequence of juxtaposing 3D aerial images of Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, alongside the enormous mining pits of Kalgoorlie and Newman.

    Overseen by Co-Creative Director Ivan Rijavec and produced by FloodSlicer, the WHEN component is a nine minute sequence of ‘ideas’. The sequence features 17 architectural collaborations of possible future urban spaces in Australia, including floating cities, desert spaces and submerged metropolises.

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