As manufacturing industries slowly pack up & leave Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city once again must come to terms with the viability of its own existence.
The Cement Works in Fyansford has long been a site of dereliction, the city’s industrial sites, once places of pride, lie now as exposed bones bleaching in he coastal breeze. The Fyansford Cement Works, the focus of this studio, has towered over the Barwon/Moorabool Valley like a fortress since 1890.
The silos as ruins remain as a constant reminder of what was, ‘Concrete Dreams,’ however, explores how they can give form to what could be, revitalising the site & its surrounds, investing it with a renewed sense of place and narrative.
Concrete Dreams seeks to bring into focus the relationship between architecture & its setting, the very poetics of place, memory conceived of as central to it. Through the adaptive reuse of industrial architecture & its housing of art, the studio seeks to make tangible unforeseen potentials, in order to bring life back to the Cement Works, while enriching the lives of inhabitants and of & visitors to Geelong.
The studio will focus heavily on traditional communication methods such as section- al drawings and plans. Hand drawing and hand rendering will be encouraged as well as model making. Students will also be asked to read selected texts and films
Three major components form the semester; A comprehensive site analysis, artist accommodation and a contemporary arts space.