by Hassell as Architects - Wed, 21 March 2012
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Terra Form Australis by HASSELL, Holopoint and The Environment Institute, was one of the 17 proposals selected for display at the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. The proposal, deliberately controversial, asked what Australia would look like if the population was local and accommodated on the continental land mass – a truly 'big Australia'. The proposal is a response to the irreversible effects of climate change, radically changing the Australian landscape. Increased migration, growing cities and an eroded environment will place pressure on productive land and ecology. Terra Form Australis proposes a massive terra-intervention, transforming the landscape to include a new inland sea around which new sustainable cities are powered by 100% renewable energy. Plateaus limit climate change to 1.5 degrees over the next century. Dry inland air becomes super-saturated as evaporation is carried on prevailing winds to the traditional 'food bowl' of the east coast. Wildlife reserves and national parks are linked by corridors, enabling the migration of biodiversity, ensuring no further loss of species this century.The two-part 'NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism' exhibition highlighted six of Australia's most interesting urban and anti-urban regions. The NOW component of the exhibition illustrates the chosen region in its current form, while the WHEN depicts a dramatic futuristic scenario of the same location in 2050 and beyond. The proposals were presented at the 2010 Venice Biennale as a dynamic soundscape projected as high impact 3D stereoscopic images.
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