At present we truly live in the first urban decade. According to the UN, in 2008 the rural/urban tipping point was reached and now more than half of the world’s population live in cities - for the first time in human history!
The population of Melbourne’s Metropolitan Area is predicted to grow by 1.8 M by the year 2036*. This figure of growth reflects Melbourne’s dynamism and attractiveness as a City with a future.
At the same time, it highlights the great challenge of how and where the city will host these new citizens.
* Planning Document VIC Government: Melbourne 2030: a planning update Melbourne @ 5 million, DEC 2008
Criticism: Sprawl To handle the pressure of population growth, cities like Melbourne as well as others in the Americas and Europe commonly pushed their limits outwards by expanding into their pristine hinterlands. The usually uncontrolled sprawl created manifold problems: detached low-rise settlements with poor and inefficient infrastructure, social segregation, ever-increasing land consumption and rising costs to expand the infrastructure networks...
Studio Position: Inner Intensification The studio will challenge this common practice by following the credo that the existing fabric of the inner suburb has the potential to accommodate and usefully structure future growth. Melbourne’s inner suburbs host a large amount of abandoned or underused land and spatial structures. These inner reserves form a great potential for intensification, transformation and the city’s revitalization. During this semester, we will focus on the transformation of one of these central areas, and its urban potential.
Urban Field: Cremorne Cremorne is an exemplary area to study. The centrally located “forgotten” suburb forms a unique insular enclave within Melbourne’s fabric. Natural elements and important infrastructures define its remarkable geometry. The inner suburb is characterized by its rich industrial heritage, good infrastructure and the proximity and views to the CBD. The vicinity to river, parks and the neighbourhoods of Richmond, South Yarra and Prahran offer further points of attractiveness.
Objective The aim of the studio is to demonstrate the potential of inner precinct intensification and to envision different concepts of transformation of the existing urban heritage. We want to identify areas and key elements within Cremorne’s urban fabric, which form its genius loci. We want to develop methods to re-activate these elements so that they could act as urban catalysts, prefiguring Cremornes future as a dense and lively urban quarter. We will work on strategies, on how to trace and transform these into new vectors of growth. As such, Cremorne 2025 is to be thought of as a unique and exemplary case study for realising the aspiration for growth in the broader metropolitan region.
Cremorne 2025.2 The second Cremorne studio will base itself on the strategies developed in the first semester. As starting point, we will critically refine these strategies, and develop individual projects. A further focus will lie on climate specific design at urban and architectural scale: how can we design in such a way to adress the climatic challenges of the future?
The semester will be accompanied by diverse inputs. Markus Jung will actively take part trough critiques.