Our cities and the way we design them are changing! Architecture is typically aslow medium, but is there utility in alternative strategies that play out with more immediacy? Fantastic, perverse visions of tomorrow offer critical engagement with the present, and can act as a communicative tool to explore emerging trends, technologies and ecological conditions of the future.
Rowville mall is the largest mall in the world. As a cross breed of suburban and urban conditions, it acts as a counterfactual armature to investigate the role and power of architectural narrative in the changing discourse. Through the process of producing speculative fictions, 5 emergent conditions (publicity, privacy, consumption, production, ecology) are architecturalised at microcosmic scale in the mall, but wrestle with larger issues at the macrocosmic scale of the world.
The architect in the project takes the role of the narrator and futurist; a role that not only finds solutions to problems at hand, but also defines and raises questions for new arenas of operation.