NGV Design Week Exhibition
Budd Street Gallery, Collingwood
Walking Out is a survey of Melbourne Water owned and managed public land throughout the Western suburbs. Material for the exhibition was gathered over a two day 42km walk undertaken in January 2018. The walk began at the mouth of Stony Creek under the shadow of the West Gate Bridge, and concluded at Greenvale Reservoir, which straddles Melbourne’s urban growth boundary. The exhibition highlights the shift in conditions as you exit urban Melbourne, passing through industrial estates, into suburbia and finally leaving Melbourne proper as you cross the threshold of the urban growth boundary. By utilising linear public assets, such as waterways and pipe tracks to navigate the city, our changing relationships to water and public space was revealed. The walk was undertaken entirely on public assets and predominantly on Melbourne Water owned land, therefore the spatial conditions that were explored were specially that of public space and water infrastructure. The exhibition sits as a part of a wider body of research into how Melbourne Water (and other government bodies) assets can be better leveraged for greater social and environmental outcomes. In a densifying city and world, our public space should work harder in order to service the growing demand. Only through interrogation into current occupation, and considered site specific design responses can we leverage our existing public assets to meet the coming challenges.
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